Income/capita 34%
Household income 35%
Unemployment 46%
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IndexSouth BendIndianaNational
Income per capita$19,626$26,117$29,829
Median household income$35,758$50,433$55,322
Median income owner occupied$48,361$62,593$70,586
Median income renter occupied$22,358$29,285$35,192
Median earnings male$26,328$36,194$36,919
Median earnings female$21,318$23,580$26,250
Unemployment rate6.8%4.4%4.7%
Poverty level26.7%15.0%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in South Bend is 34% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in South Bend is 35% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in South Bend is 46% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in South Bend is 77% higher than the national average

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      South Bend employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry6.2%1.0%
      Manufacturing sector25.3%0.3%
      Financial & insurance services1.3%4.1%
      Wholesale & retail services14.5%13.9%
      Public administration2.1%2.3%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities5.1%1.6%
      Education, health & social services18.8%39.8%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Granger, IN30,819$93,82569.6%
      Osceola, IN2,468$60,4589.3%
      Wakarusa, IN2,030$56,0711.4%
      Indian Village, IN150$55,0000.6%
      Fish Lake, IN1,346$54,0832.2%
      South Bend, IN101,037$35,75835.4%

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      Jurupa Valley, CA100,737$58,8496.4%
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      Las Cruces, NM101,459$41,21525.5%
      Kamloops, BC101,505n/a 
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      South Bend, IN101,037$35,75835.4%
      Source: The South Bend, IN employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).