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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 (2017 population: 102,245)

Population per Square Mile: 590.60

Square Miles: 457.90

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)266,92954.1%6,484,192
Today (2017)270,43454.1%6,666,818
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*270,58653.9%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today1.3%26 2.8%

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

Components of Population Change, 2016-2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-87289 -976
Net International Migration6696 11,410
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,02964.6%22,545

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2017NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)17,42356.4%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)46,631517.2%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)29,845611.0%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)67,392524.9%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)67,410524.9%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)41,733415.4%15.4%
Median Age36.7  Median Age = 37.7

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone1,47640.5%0.4%
Asian Alone6,77672.5%2.4%
Black Alone36,650413.6%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone28950.1%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups8,11443.0%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2016 (Includes detail not shown below)100,8615100.0%100.0%
Married With Children17,770517.6%19.0%
Married Without Children28,817528.6%30.0%
Single Parents10,056410.0%9.7%
Living Alone30,690430.4%28.2%

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 2017 (estimate)116,4605100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)115,5695100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2016)$116,80039  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2016)$59719  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 44,81354.0%1,110,866
Adults (25+ in 2016 ACS)173,40554.0%4,339,687
with High School diploma or higher87.7%47 88.1%
with B.A. or higher degree28.2%10 24.6%

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 2016$44,56812103.4%43,097
Median Household Income in 201648,9605893.6%$52,289
Poverty Rate in 201616.2%17115.7%14.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1822.4%19117.3%19.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201723643.5%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 201731,37144.8%656,297
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/201721,15844.3%495,330

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, 20163,57354.3%83,063
Births to Teens, 201526154.4%5,876
Deaths, 20152,67944.3%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force133,86454.0%3,320,409
Annual Unemployment Rate3.636102.9%3.5
May 2018 Unemployment Rate3.334103.1%3.2

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2016 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work160,706100.0%$8,524,590100.0%$53,045
Wage and Salary134,67783.8%$5,826,86968.4%$43,266
Farm Proprietors5970.4%$-1,064-0.0%$-1,782
Nonfarm Proprietors25,43215.8%$1,274,12914.9%$50,099
  Accommodation, Food Serv.12,2437.6%$245,8052.9%$20,077
  Arts, Ent., Recreation2,5591.6%$39,1910.5%$15,315
  Health Care, Social Serv.22,77414.2%$1,301,43515.3%$57,146
  Professional, Tech. Serv.7,4254.6%$749,7308.8%$100,974
  Retail Trade16,91910.5%$514,4556.0%$30,407
  Trans., Warehousing4,4612.8%$189,3462.2%$42,445
  Wholesale Trade7,3314.6%$614,3167.2%$83,797
  Other Private (not above)46,650*29.0%*$2,215,684*26.0%*$47,496*

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, 2017UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed825100.0%100.0%$113,079$4,583,500
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.4%$0$13,000
5+ Family48058.2%23.4%$24,064$469,056

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

in 2017
Percent of County
Indian Village1350.0%
New Carlisle1,8790.7%
North Liberty1,9320.7%
South Bend102,24537.8%
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