South Bend is the county seat of St. Joseph County, Indiana. With a population of a little of 101,000, it is the fourth largest city in the state. South Bend is home to the University of Note Dame, perhaps the most well known Catholic university in the world. Notre Dame football is an institution for many Catholic football fans. Many consider Notre Dame stadium to be a sort of mecca to fans of the Irish.South Bend was incorporated in 1865. Its population grew steadily until around 1960 when it peaked at a little over 130,000. Since then, it has steadily decreased. The University of Notre Dame and health care are two of the biggest contributors to the local economy. More South Bend economic information is available in the South Bend, IN yellow pages and South Bend, IN business directory.
The climate of South Bend is said to be humid continental, with an influence from Lake Michigan. The lake moderates temperatures during the summer and occasionally contributes to lake effect snow storms. January typically brings the coldest days of the year. Most daytime highs are the thirties and most lows are in the teens. The lowest temperature ever recorded is -22 degrees. The average high temperature of July 83 degrees. Summers tend to be very humid. The highest temperature on record is 109 degrees. South Bend receives an average of 40 inches of precipitation annually. June averages 4.2 inches. The driest month of the year is February with an average of 1.98 inches.Of the 101,000 residents in South Bend, 66% of white, and 24% are African American. Latinos comprise 8.5% of the population. Approximately 27% of residents are minors. Around 15% are 65 and up. About $32,000 is the median household income. Median family income is approximately $39,000. Approximately 13% of families and 17% of total residents live at or below the poverty line. Of children 18 and younger, 24% live under the poverty line.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan