- Population: 102,037
- Median home value: $85,200 (57% own)
- Median rent: $789 (43% rent)
- Median household income: $40,265
South Bend is a city with plenty of parkland and a comfortable suburban feel, and it attracts families and young professionals. The cost of living is slightly lower than the rest of the state and significantly lower than the rest of the country. Public schools are above average, and more than a quarter of residents have an associate’s degree or some college, roughly on par with the rest of the country.