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St. Joseph County, Indiana

Named by early missionaries for the St. Josesph River and organized in 1830

County Seat: South Bend

Largest City: South Bend (2018 population: 101,860)

Population per Square Mile: 591.33

Square Miles: 457.90

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)266,92554.1%6,484,192
Today (2018)270,77154.0%6,691,878
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*270,58653.9%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today1.4%28 3.2%

*Projection based on 2010 Census counts.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2017-2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-75288 3,555
Net International Migration5236 9,227
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,01165.3%19,211

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2018NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)17,36356.4%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)46,642517.2%17.2%
College Age (18 to 24)29,539610.9%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)68,000525.1%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)66,444524.5%25.6%
Seniors (65 and older)42,783415.8%15.8%
Median Age36.7  Median Age = 37.9

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2018NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone1,53140.6%0.4%
Asian Alone7,01072.6%2.5%
Black Alone37,316413.8%9.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone26750.1%0.1%
White216,326579.9%85.1%
Two or More Race Groups8,32143.1%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic246,635591.1%92.9%
Hispanic24,13658.9%7.1%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2017 (Includes detail not shown below)100,6945100.0%100.0%
Married With Children17,975517.9%18.8%
Married Without Children28,759528.6%30.0%
Single Parents10,028410.0%9.6%
Living Alone30,671430.5%28.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

HousingNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Total Housing Units in 2018 (estimate)117,0885100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2017 (includes vacant units)116,0785100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
68,361558.9%61.2%
Median Value (2017)$118,60041  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
32,333427.9%27.7%
Median Rent (2017)$61318  

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2018/2019 Total Reported) 44,69254.0%1,117,590
Public38,99453.7%1,054,903
Adults (25+ in 2017 ACS)174,45554.0%4,369,451
with High School diploma or higher87.9%51 88.3%
with B.A. or higher degree28.4%11 25.3%

Sources: Indiana Department of Education; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

Income and PovertyNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Per Capita Personal Income (annual) in 2017$46,11813102.1%45,150
Median Household Income in 201752,1884796.4%$54,134
Poverty Rate in 201716.0%15120.3%13.3%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1821.3%24119.7%17.8%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201821443.5%6,032
Food Stamp Recipients in 201828,61444.7%605,854
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2018/201920,72144.0%514,915

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Family Social Services Administration; Indiana Department of Education

Health and Vital StatisticsNumberRank of Percent of StateIndiana
Births, 20173,49554.3%82,170
Births to Teens, 201726145.1%5,152
Deaths, 20172,74644.2%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force136,72854.0%3,381,713
Employed131,85754.0%3,265,580
Unemployed4,87154.2%116,133
Annual Unemployment Rate3.631105.9%3.4
July 2019 Unemployment Rate4.01125.0%3.2

Source: STATS Indiana, using data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2017 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work160,408100.0%$8,693,048100.0%$54,193
Wage and Salary134,81584.0%$5,982,48368.8%$44,375
Farm Proprietors5890.4%$-9,443-0.1%$-16,032
Nonfarm Proprietors25,00415.6%$1,295,28514.9%$51,803
Farm7310.5%$-4,179-0.0%$-5,717
Nonfarm159,67799.5%$8,697,227100.0%$54,468
Private145,12790.5%$7,926,10191.2%$54,615
  Accommodation, Food Serv.12,0907.5%$249,8982.9%$20,670
  Arts, Ent., Recreation2,8161.8%$56,9160.7%$20,212
  Construction7,2734.5%$491,0025.6%$67,510
  Health Care, Social Serv.22,61714.1%$1,352,57415.6%$59,803
  Information1,9461.2%$109,5671.3%$56,304
  Manufacturing15,9189.9%$1,322,21915.2%$83,064
  Professional, Tech. Serv.7,4874.7%$787,6579.1%$105,203
  Retail Trade16,73910.4%$531,8886.1%$31,775
  Trans., Warehousing4,6772.9%$220,5512.5%$47,157
  Wholesale Trade6,7374.2%$534,3406.1%$79,314
  Other Private (not above)46,82729.2%$2,269,48926.1%$48,465
Government14,5509.1%$771,1268.9%$52,998

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Residential Building Permits, 2018UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed648100.0%100.0%$134,809$4,879,857
Single-Family32950.8%76.4%$100,179$4,269,197
2-Family00.0%2.0%0$49,353
3- and 4-Family30.5%0.2%$1,137$6,163
5+ Family31648.8%21.4%$33,493$555,144

Notes: Detail cost may not sum to total due to rounding. Greene County does not currently issue building permits, so it is excluded.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Largest Cities and Towns in St. Joseph County

NamePopulation
in 2018
Percent of County
Indian Village1350.0%
Lakeville7930.3%
Mishawaka49,93118.4%
New Carlisle1,9930.7%
North Liberty1,9250.7%
Osceola2,4830.9%
Roseland6330.2%
South Bend101,86037.6%
Walkerton2,2590.8%
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