South Bend, Indiana Population 2021

102,136
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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: 61.72%
  • Black or African American: 26.61%
  • Other race: 5.50%
  • Two or more races: 4.19%
  • Asian: 1.46%
  • Native American: 0.43%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.10%
The current population of South Bend, Indiana is 102,136based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 101,971.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 101,168.

South Bend, Indiana Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021325,4459160.28%
2020324,5299160.28%
2019323,6139160.28%
2018322,6971,1590.36%
2017321,5383940.12%
2016321,1441,4410.45%
2015319,7032930.09%
2014319,4107710.24%
2013318,6393430.11%
2012318,296-588-0.18%
2011318,884-160-0.05%
2010319,0440.00%

South Bend Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White62,97561.72%
Black or African American27,15526.61%
Some Other Race5,6085.50%
Two or More Races4,2714.19%
Asian1,4891.46%
American Indian and Alaska Native4340.43%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1050.10%
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South Bend Population By Race

South Bend Population Pyramid 2021

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South Bend Median Age

33.3


Total

32


Male

34.5


Female

South Bend Adults

There are 74,326 adults, (13,016 of whom are seniors) in South Bend.

South Bend Age Dependency

66.4

Age Dependency Ratio

21.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

45.2

Child Dependency Ratio

South Bend Sex Ratio

Mujer

53,121

52.06%

Masculino

48,916

47.94%

South Bend Population by Age

South Bend Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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South Bend Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married78.1%21.9%
All57.2%42.8%
Non Family48.3%51.7%
Masculino46%54%
Mujer39.8%60.2%

57.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

South Bend Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All38,5682.5657.2
Non Family16,0801.2648.3
Married13,6353.3778.1
Mujer6,9093.7339.8
Masculino1,9443.5646

3.39

Average Family Size

2.56

Average Household Size

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South Bend Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,4805.48%
9th to 12th Grade6,64410.45%
High School Graduate19,52330.72%
Some College13,15820.70%
Associates Degree4,4036.93%
Bachelors Degree9,40814.80%
Graduate Degree6,94410.93%
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South Bend Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

South Bend Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White38,24134,71512,670
Black15,32212,3981,880
Hispanic7,5614,3201,085
Other Race2,7871,434193
2+ Races1,3751,159254
Asian952748501
Native American2461894
Islander6363

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 52.63%.

South Bend Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$31,337$37,278$26,944
Less Than 9th Grade$21,667$26,907$16,549
High School Graduate$26,670$31,953$22,122
Some College$29,972$35,311$26,195
Bachelors Degree$42,110$47,223$37,931
Graduate Degree$54,201$63,277$47,260

$31,337

Average Earnings

$37,278

Average Male

$26,944

Average Female

South Bend Earnings by Educational Attainment

South Bend Language by Age

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South Bend Language

84.66% of South Bend residents speak only English, while 15.34% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 11.81% of the population.

South Bend Language

South Bend Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black26,5509,22334.74%
White51,5617,63014.80%
Hispanic15,8834,78830.15%
Other5,5931,90534.06%
Multiple4,2171,19028.22%
Asian1,47558539.66%
Native42212028.44%

23.59%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.84%

Male Poverty Rate

25.16%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in South Bend

The race most likely to be in poverty in South Bend is Asian, with 39.66% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in South Bend is White, with 14.80% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.21%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.47%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.02%.

South Bend Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade32.73%
High School22.12%
Some College17.20%
Bachelors or Greater6.23%

South Bend Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed45.40%
Male Unemployed35.83%
Female Employed14.51%
Male Employed10.07%

South Bend Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

South Bend Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$40,265$57,529
Families$51,794$67,696
Married Families$71,284$86,769
Non Families$28,308$41,094
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Income by Household Type

South Bend Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

37.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.0%

Male Marriage Rate

35.7%

Female Marriage Rate

South Bend Married by Age and Sex

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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 35-44.

South Bend Marital Status by Race

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South Bend Marital Status

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4,473

Number of Veterans

4,082

Male Veterans

391

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,392
Second Gulf War813
First Gulf War759
Korea442
World War II305

South Bend Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+1,139
35 to 541,028
65 to 741,015
55 to 64838
18 to 34453

South Bend Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,2446.57%
Black1,0916.04%
Hispanic1281.34%
2+ Races582.98%
Native American4213.21%
Other Race260.77%
Islander1219.05%

South Bend Veterans by Race

South Bend Veterans by Education

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13.87%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.49%

Veteran Disability Rate

South Bend Veterans by Education

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63.9%

Labor Force Participation

59.9%

Employment Rate

6.3%

Unemployment Rate

South Bend Employment by Age

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South Bend Employment by Race

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South Bend Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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61.43%

Born in South Bend

91.24%

Native Born

8.76%

Foreign Born

5.71%

Non Citizen

3.05%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.24% of South Bend residents were born in the United States, with 61.43% having been born in Indiana. 5.71% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

South Bend Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021102,136550.05%
2020102,081550.05%
2019102,026550.05%
2018101,971-50-0.05%
2017102,021250.02%
2016101,9963090.30%
2015101,6871980.20%
2014101,4892630.26%
2013101,2261700.17%
2012101,056-168-0.17%
2011101,224270.03%
2010101,197-6,592-0.63%
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%

South Bend Population by Year