South Bend, Indiana was named for the southernmost bend of the St. Joseph River, running along the northern border of the state. The city holds a little over 100,000 people, while the larger metropolitan area has more than 300,000. Nearby Notre Dame, Indiana, home to the Fighting Irish, is a major contributor to that larger number, and the local economy and culture. If you're looking to buy a home in this cultural and economic hub, Homes.com has the tools to help.
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South Bend is situated along the banks of the St. Joseph River and at the north-south continental divide, making its climate reasonably mild when compared to other cities affected by weather generated by Lake Michigan. The city was the former home of the now-defunct Studebaker plant, and is currently home to AM General, Honeywell, and the Crowne Horath corporations, while small business in general, along with tourism, healthcare, and education are the current key drivers of the local economy. Notre Dame University is the region's largest employer, followed by Memorial Health System, South Bend Community School Corporation, and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. The city of South Bend was influenced greatly by a large influx of Polish Catholic immigrants toward the end of the nineteenth century, and remains a largely catholic town to this day. Culturally speaking, South Bend is a regional hub of activity. The city is home to the South Bend Museum of Art, home to more than 850 regionally, nationally, and internationally significant works, as well as a The Studebaker Museum of automobiles and wagons, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association, the vaudeville-oriented Palace Theatre, and the South Bend Civic Theatre, one of the region's best concert venues.
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