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South Bend is a city in Saint Joseph County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for its location on a bend of the St. Joseph's River

The latitude of South Bend is 41.683N. The longitude is -86.25W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 692 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 105,540.


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Median household income
Local
$32,439
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our South Bend demographic reports
Former and merged names include:
· Big Saint Joseph Station
· Southold
· The Bend
The American Fur Company established a trading post here in 1820.

The city's economy was shaped by the Studebaker plant and the Oliver Farm Equipment Company.

Public transportation: Transpo (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 768. The number of murders and homicides was 16. The violent crime rate was 7.2 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1993 movie, "Rudy"
Well-known residents have included:
· Chad Everett, actor
· Janice Voss, astronaut
· Eric Weischaus, winner of Noel Prize in medicine
· Sydney Pollack, film director and producer
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Performing arts: South Bend Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Potato Creek State Park
Sports teams: Silver Hawks (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: College Football Hall of Fame, Studebaker National Museum, Pierre Navarre Log Cabin, Oliver Mansion
Colleges and universities: Indiana University South Bend, University of Notre Dame, Ivy Tech Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
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National index: 100
Local index: 95

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Sections below provide additional information and links about South Bend demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Saint Joseph County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, South Bend area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 46601 ZIP code.

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17% of South Bend residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the South Bend ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in South Bend was $17,121, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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20% of South Bend residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in South Bend include Chapin Park Historic District, West Washington Historic District ... View historic districts

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Median rent in South Bend, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $447.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $708.


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Libraries in South Bend include Centre Township, Lasalle Branch, River Park Branch, Roger B Francis Branch, St Joseph County Public Library, Virginia M Tutt Branch Library, Western Branch ... View libraries

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Newspapers in South Bend include South Bend Tribune

TV stations in South Bend include WHME, WNDU, WNIT, WSBT.

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Saint Joseph County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our South Bend political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for South Bend workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 18 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in South Bend between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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