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South Bend, IN   46601

About City of South Bend

The City of South Bend is located in north central Indiana,  approximately 90 miles east of Chicago.   With a population of 101,168,  South Bend is the economic,  educational,  media,  and cultural hub of Michiana,  a multicounty region spanning the Michigan-Indiana border.   Organized as a town in 1835 and incorporated as a city in 1865,  South Bend grew as a major manufacturing center,  with major employers including the Studebaker Corporation,  the Oliver Chilled Plow Company,  the Singer Manufacturing Company,  and the Bendix Corporation.   With the decline of heavy industry in the second half of the twentieth century,  South Bend began to reposition itself as a center for smaller scale manufacturing,  transportation/distribution-related industry,  medical services,  and education.   One of several local colleges and universities,  the University of Notre Dame was founded in 1842 on the City’s northeast edge.

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