Similar, diverse and everything in-between, St. Joseph County, Indiana, and its communities have it all.  

Activity and energy dot the city landscapes, while serenity and the quiet of rural living can be found in the county’s small towns. Cities like South Bend and Mishawaka give residents the taste of mid-size city living coupled with shopping, arts and culture, sports and recreation, not to mention the benefits of having five major universities at our doorstep.

Our cities, towns and neighborhoods reflect a convergence of tradition and transformation. You see, tradition runs deep here. After all, this is the only place the University of Notre Dame has ever called home. And, this is the place where industrial manufacturing was king. While we honor the traditions and history, we’re also a place on the move—where advanced manufacturing, logistics, health care and research are king.

Much of this transformation is due to our stellar colleges and universities and their partnerships with the public and private sectors. The county’s economic hub, South Bend, is among 10 worldwide cities “reinventing” itself through technology, according to the Smart-Connected Communities Institute.

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With South Bend as the cultural hub and economic center of a multi-county, bi-state region, St. Joseph County gives you comfortable, convenient living with easy access to regional opportunities. In fact, in less than an hour's drive you can find yourself at a beach along the sand dunes of Lake Michigan or in the other direction, enjoying quaint Amish Country. From tranquil country vistas to the excitement of vibrant and revitalized downtowns, St. Joseph County is a great place to live.

Here, you can actually live where you work, with average commute times of only 20 minutes. Our region offers many varied job opportunities for you and your family. You may also be surprised at the abundance of big city amenities in our area, but reassured to find that we still take the time to nod to our neighbors and welcome our newcomers.

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Quick Facts

  • 4th largest county in Indiana, situated in north central Indiana; Population 266,931.
  • Perfectly situated within a one-day drive of approximately 80% of the U.S. and Canadian populations, making it second in the country in the number of people accessible within a day’s drive.
  • Located at the “Crossroads of America” with easy accessibility, 14 interstates and a regional airport with nonstop flights to 10 cities including Chicago, Detroit, Denver, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Tucson and more. 
  • St. Joseph County is part of the South Bend–Mishawaka, IN-MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area. County seat: South Bend; Population 101,168.
  • Formed in 1830, the county was named for the St. Joseph River which flows through it toward Lake Michigan.
  • One of the lowest costs of redundant power in the country, an extensive fiber network and competitive costs for labor, land and materials.
  • Industrial power prices (per million BTU) are one of the lowest in the nation at $17.02.
  • R&D tax credit equal to 15% of a company’s first $1M of qualifying R&D expenditures, one of the highest R&D tax credits in the nation.  
  • Private, nonfarm employment 110,434.
  • Eastern time zone; Observes daylight-saving time.
  • Home to the University of Notre Dame, the county’s largest employer, and 10 other post-secondary institutions: IU South Bend, Saint Mary’s College, Bethel College, Holy Cross College, Ivy Tech Community College and more.
  • South Bend International Airport (SBN)—regional airport, second busiest in the state of Indiana.