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A+ Mishawaka Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Mishawaka Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% lower than Indiana
8317% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Mishawaka cost of living
A Mishawaka Crime Total crime is 72% lower than Indiana
Total crime
78072% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 12972% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-85%Year over year crime is down
Mishawaka crime
D- Mishawaka Employment Household income is 24% lower than Indiana
Median household income
$38,18331% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$22,04726% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%3% lower than the US average
Mishawaka employment
D+ Mishawaka Housing Home value is 27% lower than Indiana
Median home value
$92,00050% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$70925% lower than the US average
Home ownership
50%21% lower than the US average
Mishawaka real estate or Mishawaka rentals
A- Mishawaka Schools HS graduation rate is 2% lower than Indiana
High school grad. rates
81%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
68%39% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:110% higher than the US average
Mishawaka K-12 schools or Mishawaka colleges

Living in Mishawaka, IN

Mishawaka is a mid-sized city located in the state of Indiana. The city has a population of 48,234 residents. The majority of Mishawaka residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Mishawaka is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 21 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Mishawaka could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Indiana if you know where to search. Finding the best places to live in Mishawaka and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes cost of living, education, housing and other important metrics.

Mishawaka, IN receives 74/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #165 in Indiana and #5,872 in the USA. If we explore each of the categories on their own, we see that Mishawaka ranks well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B+) and education (A-). On a less positive note, Mishawaka does not have favorable scores for the following: crime (F), weather (D) and employment (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Mishawaka on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Cinemark Movies 6, Cinemark Movies 14, and University Park Mall.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Mishawaka have a test score average of 68%, which is well above the US average.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Mishawaka is real estate affordability. The median home price for Mishawaka homes is $92,000, which is 27.3% lower than the Indiana average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Mishawaka, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.4, which is 4% lower than the Indiana average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Mishawaka were 8.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.3%.

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Compare Mishawaka, IN Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Mishawaka, IN

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
North Shore Triangle, South Bend784.9916
Harter Heights, South Bend764.31,058
Southeast Pond, South Bend745.2275
Twyckenham Hills, South Bend723.91,548
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Pinhook Area, South Bend716.178
Wooded Estates, South Bend703.4520
Erskine Park, South Bend694.4560
Howard Park-East Bank, South Bend694.11,402

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PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Pottawattamie Park, IN8636.4253
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Granger, IN824.630,819
Portage, MI8246.647,854
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Stevensville, MI82301,235
Mishawaka, IN81048,234
Middlebury, IN8123.53,512
Winona Lake, IN8036.35,129
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Where is the Princess City?

That would be Mishawaka, Indiana. In 1838 it was named after a Shawnee Chiefs' daughter Mishawaka. During the 1800's iron deposits were discovered and the settlers soon came in droves. Princess Mishawaka fell in love with a trapper named Deadshot and when her Shawnee partner Gray Wolf found out he kidnapped her and they never returned. The story of her father's heartbreak over the loss of his daughter has been passed down from generation to generation.

I lived in Mishawaka for about 5 years; and loved every minute of it. My original destination was South Bend, Indiana but due to higher housing prices I wandered out to Mishawaka. South Bend and Mishawaka are twin cities located on the St. Joseph River. Being located so close to the St. Joseph's River residents of both cities to have a very enjoyable water access. Mishawaka has a beautiful water walk/run path along both sides of the river. On the walkway you can cross the river at four different bridges with vistas of the surrounding area. The 5K running path also takes you on both sides but doesn't cross the bridges but takes you through old trees covering the path. The running path offers the running enthusiast a challenging yet beautiful place to exercise. The river has a canoe and small craft launching area scattered along its banks. The main park for Mishawaka is called Central Park and it is located in the center of town. A Civil War Memorial is located in the center of the park and adds a wonderful touch of history to the area. I'm a huge running nut and have taken full advantage of all that this area has to offer with its unlimited public access.

The homes in the Mishawaka are built in a very Cape Cod or Victorian style; these homes number around 20,250 and the number of households with children under eighteen years of age is 28%. This is a very family oriented town. The homes are affordable and there are 27 parks and recreational space for everyone to enjoy. Surrounding the main part of the city are acres and acres of farm land. Farmers Markets are everywhere and you can purchase unlimited amounts of vegetables and fruit. The town was once nicknamed the "Peppermint Capital" of the world; the dark soil provides a perfect base for growing mint and other delicious items.
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