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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 (2013 population: 100,886)

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%6,570,713
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 -1,515
Net International Migration3896 10,400
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,09174.3%25,233

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 2013 (Includes detail not shown below)101,9475100.0%100.0%
Married With Children18,950518.6%19.8%
Married Without Children28,343527.8%30.1%
Single Parents10,512410.3%9.8%
Living Alone30,314429.7%27.7%

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 2013 (includes vacant units)114,9264100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
70,900561.7%62.0%
Median Value (2013)$115,10036  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
31,047427.0%26.6%
Median Rent (2013)$59114  

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 2013 ACS)171,36254.0%4,258,878
with High School diploma or higher87.8%27 87.2%
with B.A. or higher degree26.5%9 23.2%

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 2013$37,9893298.4%38,622
Median Household Income in 201340,9788286.3%$47,508
Poverty Rate in 201320.1%7127.2%15.8%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1829.1%8132.9%21.9%
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
December 2014 Unemployment Rate6.426110.3%5.8

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2013 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work149,490100.0%$7,433,970100.0%$49,729
Wage and Salary126,78584.8%$5,116,34568.8%$40,354
Farm Proprietors6010.4%$36,6940.5%$61,055
Nonfarm Proprietors22,10414.8%$1,057,64814.2%$47,849
Farm7870.5%$44,3000.6%$56,290
Nonfarm148,70399.5%$7,389,67099.4%$49,694
Private134,10589.7%$6,640,64389.3%$49,518
  Accommodation, Food Serv.11,1927.5%$211,6092.8%$18,907
  Arts, Ent., Recreation2,4631.6%$28,9110.4%$11,738
  Construction5,8523.9%$342,3404.6%$58,500
  Health Care, Social Serv.21,30714.3%$1,146,35715.4%$53,802
  Information2,1741.5%$121,1261.6%$55,716
  Manufacturing14,91910.0%$1,156,40415.6%$77,512
  Professional, Tech. Serv.7,3994.9%$567,5177.6%$76,702
  Retail Trade16,17110.8%$464,0636.2%$28,697
  Trans., Warehousing3,9622.7%$252,8993.4%$63,831
  Wholesale Trade6,4074.3%$434,9695.9%$67,890
  Other Private (not above)42,25928.3%$1,914,44825.8%$45,303
Government14,5989.8%$749,02710.1%$51,310

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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 2013
Percent of County
Indian Village1320.0%
Lakeville7850.3%
Mishawaka47,98918.0%
New Carlisle1,8660.7%
North Liberty1,9120.7%
Osceola2,4600.9%
Roseland6290.2%
South Bend100,88637.8%
Walkerton2,2480.8%
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