South Bend, Indiana Population 2020

102,028

South Bend is a city located in Indiana. With a 2020 population of 102,028, it is the 4th largest city in Indiana (after Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Evansville) and the 310th largest city in the United States. South Bend is currently growing at a rate of 0.08% annually and its population has increased by 0.85% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 101,168 in 2010. South Bend reached it's highest population of 132,445 in 1960. Spanning over 42 miles, South Bend has a population density of 2,431 people per square mile.

The average household income in South Bend is $55,625 with a poverty rate of 23.77%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $767 per month, and the median house value is $82,500. The median age in South Bend is 33.1 years, 31.8 years for males, and 34.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 91.6 males.

South Bend is a city located in the state of Indiana. It serves as the county seat for St. Joseph County. Today, the city is a hub of economics and culture in the Northern Indiana area.

South Bend Population Statistics

The city’s largest employer is the University of Notre Dame, which provides over 5,000 jobs. Beacon Medical Group, South Bend Community School Corporation, AM General and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center are other top employers in South Bend.

South Bend Population Growth

The decline of manufacturing affected South Bend’s population significantly. The population peaked in 1960 at 132,445 residents. However, by the time of the 1970 census, that number had dropped by 5%. The city continued to see significant drops in population, falling to 101,166 at the time of the 2010 census. Recent estimates show that the population has risen 0.6% since the last poll. Though this number is small, it is promising. The city’s efforts to attract new businesses and industries could put it back on track to increase its population in the years ahead.

The region was first inhabited by tribes including the Miami and Potawatomi people. Europeans first settled the area during the 19th century, when trading posts in the South Bend area were established. By the 1830s, the area was becoming more populated. In 1830, it was given the name South Bend.

Just one year later, the city was laid out to be a county seat. The town was also being designed and in 1835 was established. Like many other cities during this time, South Bend became more industrialized. There were many factories built along the St. Joseph River and in 1851, a steam locomotive arrived. The 19th century saw continued growth with the establishment of companies including Studebaker, Singer Sewing Company and Oliver Chilled Plow Company. The population and the city continued to grow, and many Europeans immigrated to the area to work in the factories. In 1842, the University of Notre Dame was founded, helping to boost the economy. In 1865, South Bend was incorporated as a city.

The city continued to grow larger during the 20th century with the arrival of more industries, including South Bend Watch Company, Bendix Corporation, and Honeywell. Electric rail service was available, later followed by an electronic trolley system.

However, the city faced troubles with the decline of the manufacturing industry. In 1950, over half of the employment was in manufacturing. However, by 2000, it represented just 16% of jobs. Job loss led to a decline in population.

Today, the company is trying to revitalize and attract residents by turning to the tech industry. New businesses are setting up shop, and in 2015, positive population growth was recorded for the first time in almost 50 years.

South Bend Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of South Bend was:

  • White: 62.70%
  • Black or African American: 26.31%
  • Two or more races: 4.55%
  • Other race: 4.47%
  • Asian: 1.48%
  • Native American: 0.40%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.09%
The current population of South Bend, Indiana is 102,028, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 101,860.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 101,168.

South Bend, Indiana Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020324,3789770.30%
2019323,4019770.30%
2018322,4249770.30%
2017321,4476750.21%
2016320,7721,2290.38%
2015319,5432280.07%
2014319,3157500.23%
2013318,5652690.08%
2012318,296-597-0.19%
2011318,893-161-0.05%
2010319,0540.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White64,09662.70%
Black or African American26,89526.31%
Two or More Races4,6564.55%
Some Other Race4,5724.47%
Asian1,5121.48%
American Indian and Alaska Native4050.40%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander970.09%

South Bend Population Pyramid 2020

South Bend Median Age

33.1


Total

31.8


Male

34.4


Female

South Bend Adults

There are 74,107 adults, (12,755 of whom are seniors) in South Bend.

South Bend Age Dependency

66.6

Age Dependency Ratio

20.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

45.8

Child Dependency Ratio

South Bend Sex Ratio

Female

53,348

52.18%

Male

48,885

47.82%

South Bend Households and Families

South Bend Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

South Bend Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married78.7%21.3%
All56.9%43.1%
Male48.4%51.6%
Non Family47.4%52.6%
Female39.5%60.5%

56.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All38,6012.5756.9
Non Family15,7471.2447.4
Married13,5063.3878.7
Female7,3433.6839.5
Male2,0053.5248.4

3.38

Average Family Size

2.57

Average Household Size

5.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

South Bend Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,4845.47%
9th to 12th Grade6,70810.53%
High School Graduate19,84431.16%
Some College13,67021.47%
Associates Degree4,2666.70%
Bachelors Degree9,18614.43%
Graduate Degree6,52010.24%

South Bend Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White38,76335,02212,574
Black15,31912,2651,542
Hispanic7,2724,194926
Other Race2,3211,221122
Multiple Races1,3171,151233
Asian950780511
Native American24818711
Islander6464

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 53.79%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,567$35,482$26,871
Less Than High School$21,446$26,176$17,813
High School Grad$25,413$30,072$20,905
Some College$29,235$33,675$26,747
Bachelors Degree$40,458$48,642$35,997
Graduate Degree$54,132$62,318$47,310

$30,567

Average Earnings

$35,482

Average Male

$26,871

Average Female

South Bend Language

South Bend Language by Age

South Bend Language

84.78% of South Bend residents speak only English, while 15.22% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 11.91% of the population.

South Bend Poverty

South Bend Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black26,2799,39835.76%
White52,4177,77814.84%
Hispanic15,4634,73830.64%
Other4,5721,50732.96%
Multiple4,5881,29528.23%
Asian1,49758739.21%
Native39510827.34%

23.77%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.27%

Male Poverty Rate

25.12%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in South Bend

The race most likely to be in poverty in South Bend is Asian, with 39.21% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in South Bend is White, with 14.84% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.96%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.73%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.27%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.86%
High School22.31%
Some College16.27%
Bachelors or Greater6.16%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed50.97%
Male Unemployed38.32%
Female Employed13.33%
Male Employed9.78%

South Bend Income

South Bend Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$38,943$55,625
Families$48,945$65,438
Married Families$68,195$85,564
Non Families$27,103$39,244

South Bend Marital Status

South Bend Marital Status

Marriage Rates

37.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.0%

Male Marriage Rate

35.4%

Female Marriage Rate

South Bend Married by Age and Sex

South Bend Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

South Bend Marital Status by Race

South Bend Veterans

4,564

Number of Veterans

4,193

Male Veterans

371

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,573
First Gulf War775
Second Gulf War730
Korea406
World War II314
Age Group Veterans
75+1,100
65 to 741,058
35 to 541,023
55 to 64958
18 to 34425
Name Veterans % of Total
White3,1996.44%
Black1,2226.74%
Hispanic1171.27%
2 or More683.55%
Indian3711.60%
Other200.71%
Hawaiian1828.13%

$South Bend Veterans by Education

12.38%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.80%

Veteran Disability Rate

South Bend Employment Status

64.4%

Labor Force Participation

59.6%

Employment Rate

7.4%

Unemployment Rate

South Bend Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

61.00%

Born in Indiana

91.31%

Native Born

8.69%

Foreign Born

5.74%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

91.31% of South Bend residents were born in the United States, with 61.00% having been born in Indiana. 5.74% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020102,028840.08%
2019101,944840.08%
2018101,860-108-0.11%
2017101,968840.08%
2016101,8842990.29%
2015101,5851740.17%
2014101,4112460.24%
2013101,1651750.17%
2012100,990-148-0.15%
2011101,138-53-0.05%
2010101,191-6,598-0.63%
2000107,7892,2780.21%
1990105,511-4,216-0.39%
1980109,727-15,853-1.34%
1970125,580-6,865-0.53%
1960132,44516,5341.34%
1950115,91114,6431.36%
1940101,268-2,925-0.28%
1930104,19333,2103.91%
192070,98317,2992.83%
191053,68417,6854.08%
190035,99914,1805.13%
189021,8198,5395.09%
188013,2806,0746.30%
18707,2063,3746.52%
18603,8322,1328.47%
18501,7000.00%