South Bend, Indiana


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South Bend is located in the northern most region of the state of Indiana.  However, the city is also located on a southerly portion of the St. Joseph River, which is where it derived its name.  Prior to European exploration, this area, which would eventually become South Bend, Indiana was inhabited by the Miami then Potawatomi peoples.  The Potawatomi were forcibly removed by the United States government in the 1840s.  Before this course of events, the first European to set foot in the area, French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, arrived in December of 1679.  It wouldn’t be until 1820, however, that Alexis Coquillard, representing the American Fur Company of John Jacob Astor, would establish the first permanent settlement for the United States here.  Coquillard named this trading post Big St. Joseph Station.  The name would change to Southold then finally to South Bend.  The city of South Bend, Indiana wouldn’t be officially incorporated until 1865.

Today, according to a 2014 estimate by the US Census Bureau, South Bend, Indiana has a total population of 101,190 people.  This makes it the fourth largest city in the state.  The South Bend, Indiana metropolitan area, according to that same report, has a total population of 318,586.  This makes it the 152nd most populous metropolitan area in the United States.


Historically, the largest employer in the South Bend, Indiana area had been the Studebaker plant – at one time responsible for a staggering 45,000 local jobs!  This plant, however, closed in 1963.  Today, the largest employer in the South Bend, Indiana area is the University of Notre Dame, which employs 5,590 people.  Other businesses with headquarters in the South Bend, Indiana area include Honeywell, Bosch, PEI Genesis, AM General, Crowe Horwath, Martin’s Super Markets, and Schurz Communications.

Due to the city’s historic connection with the Studebaker Corporation, South Bend, Indiana is also home to the Studebaker National Museum.  This museum, which began “as a collection of wagons and automobiles produced by Studebaker” now includes “the presidential carriages of Lincoln, McKinley, Harrison, and Grant.”

The South Bend, Indiana area is, of course, best known as the home of the world-famous University of Notre Dame.  This Catholic research university, established in 1842, is “consistently ranked among the top twenty universities in the United States…and it has one of the largest endowments in the nation with over $10 billion.”  As of the Spring 2016 semester, the University of Notre Dame has 12,179 students enrolled in total.

Notre Dame is also famous for its college athletic teams, the “Fighting Irish.”  Over the years, the “Irish” have won a grand total of 16 NCAA team national championships and 14 national team titles not bestowed by the NCAA.  Eleven of these national championships were claimed by the Fighting Irish football team.  The Fighting Irish football teams play their home games at Notre Dame Stadium, which was built in 1930 and now has 80,795 seating capacity.

As for professional sports franchises in the South Bend, Indiana area, there is one.  Baseball’s Midwest League’s South Bend Cubs, a Class A affiliate of MLB’s Chicago Cubs, play their home games at Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium.  The South Bend Cubs have six league titles to their name.

Do you by any chance own a small business in the South Bend, Indiana area?  Are you perhaps thinking about starting up one?  These resources could prove beneficial during such an endeavor:

Apply for a Business License in South Bend, Indiana

Starting a Business in South Bend, Indiana

St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce

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Zero Degree Graphics, LLC
Elkhart, IN
Dustin Null

Adcom Media Group
Gary, IN
Melvin Williams

J. Rowe Signs
Angola, IN
Judy Rowe