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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 (2012 population: 100,800)

Population per Square Mile: 582.46

Square Miles: 457.90

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)266,92954.1%6,483,797
Today (2013)266,70954.1%6,570,902
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*270,58653.9%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-0.1%40 1.3%

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

Components of Population Change, 2012-2013NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-1,10391 -1,179
Net International Migration3896 9,404
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,09174.2%25,992

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2013NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)17,27256.5%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)46,827517.6%17.7%
College Age (18 to 24)29,756611.2%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)66,255524.8%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)69,078525.9%26.4%
Seniors (65 and older)37,521414.1%13.9%
Median Age36.6  Median Age = 37.4

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2013NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone1,45340.5%0.4%
Asian Alone5,77772.2%1.9%
Black Alone34,819413.1%9.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone26440.1%0.1%
White217,331581.5%86.3%
Two or More Race Groups7,06542.6%1.8%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic245,603592.1%93.6%
Hispanic21,10657.9%6.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2012 (Includes detail not shown below)101,2015100.0%100.0%
Married With Children19,185519.0%20.2%
Married Without Children28,221527.9%30.1%
Single Parents10,219410.1%9.8%
Living Alone30,164429.8%27.6%

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 2013 (estimate)115,1434100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2012 (includes vacant units)114,8034100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
70,960561.8%62.6%
Median Value (2012)$117,10036  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
30,241426.3%26.1%
Median Rent (2012)$59414  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2012/2013 Total Reported) 44,36954.0%1,115,499
Public38,35453.7%1,039,411
Adults (25+ in 2012 ACS)170,82554.0%4,229,138
with High School diploma or higher87.8%27 87%
with B.A. or higher degree26.5%9 23%

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 2012$38,15225100.1%38,119
Median Household Income in 201245,2484996.4%$46,954
Poverty Rate in 201216.6%22107.1%15.5%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1824.0%24108.6%22.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201343943.7%11,711
Food Stamp Recipients in 201343,88944.8%922,273
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 201321,86144.3%509,427

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, 20123,49754.2%83,250
Births to Teens, 201228843.9%7,431
Deaths, 20122,46344.2%59,168

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2013NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force124,34953.9%3,179,935
Employed113,46353.9%2,940,897
Unemployed10,88644.6%239,038
Annual Unemployment Rate8.814117.3%7.5
August 2014 Unemployment Rate6.41125.5%5.1

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

Earnings by Industry, 2012 Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
IMPORTANT: The BEA is no longer producing employment by industry for counties. For more information on the loss of data due to
sequestration, go to http://www.bea.gov/about/pdf/bea_fy2013_budget_impact.pdf.
Total by place of work$7,544,973100.0%
Wage and Salary$5,105,22467.7%
Farm Proprietors$41,8540.6%
Nonfarm Proprietors$1,137,89015.1%
Farm$47,7620.6%
Nonfarm$7,497,21199.4%
Private$6,731,58189.2%
  Accommodation, Food Serv.$204,6322.7%
  Arts, Ent., Recreation$30,0610.4%
  Construction$310,5964.1%
  Health Care, Social Serv.$1,159,53415.4%
  Information$111,1451.5%
  Manufacturing$1,334,14517.7%
  Professional, Tech. Serv.$569,9857.6%
  Retail Trade$457,5476.1%
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade$433,6835.7%
  Other Private (not above)$1,833,115*24.3%*
Government$765,63010.1%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
* These totals do not include county data that are not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.

Residential Building Permits, 2013UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed422100.0%100.0%$64,678$3,065,788
Single-Family19045.0%67.3%$48,571$2,631,508
2-Family20.5%2.2%315$38,302
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.9%$0$13,598
5+ Family23054.5%29.6%$15,793$382,380

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 2012
Percent of County
Indian Village1330.0%
Lakeville7840.3%
Mishawaka48,03118.0%
New Carlisle1,8650.7%
North Liberty1,8910.7%
Osceola2,4560.9%
Roseland6280.2%
South Bend100,80037.8%
Walkerton2,2470.8%
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