South Bend is the fourth largest city in Indiana, the county seat and the largest city in St. Joseph County. It is a college town with a rich history that also boasts a strong and diversified economy, as well as plentiful arts and entertainment possibilities. While perhaps most famous as the location of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend stands out in the economic world as a leader in education, health care and distribution.
South Bend has wonderful, architecturally diverse neighborhoods such as the charming bungalows of River Park, the Victorian and Prairie-style homes in neighborhoods near downtown, the elegant beauties along the river and the exceptional custom homes of Erskine Manor and Deer Run. These neighborhoods are a great compliment to the excellent features mentioned above, making South Bend a premier destination for travelers or people looking to relocate their family or business. South Bend and Mishawaka Visitors Guide
Mishawaka, known as the Princess City, is situated along the St. Joseph River. A truly impressive retail hub is located in Mishawaka, along the Grape Road/Main Street corridor. Beginning at University Park Mall and heading south, a wide array of shops and restaurants has shaped the area into the second largest regional retail center in the state of Indiana.
Downtown Mishawaka has successfully established itself as a family and pedestrian friendly area with shopping, restaurants and nightlife. From the 100 Center, an old industrial site beautifully converted into a small shopping and entertainment district, to the new Beutter Park, a new gathering place complete with walking trails along the river and a series of modern, stunning fountains, Mishawaka is a great place to live, work and play.
Granger is a non-incorporated Census Designated Place (CDP) with a population of 28,333. Located in the northeast part of St. Joseph County in Harris Township, Granger is fast becoming the new housing center of the county. Heritage Square is a 180,000 square foot open-air lifestyle center located in Granger with plenty of shopping and restaurants. Students from this area attend Penn-Harris-Madison school corporation.
Elkhart is the RV Capital of the World, headquarters to international corporations, and the birthplace of Alka Seltzer and innovations in electronics and band instruments. Elkhart is a friendly, home-town community in the heart of Amish Country. Recreational vehicles, boats, musical instruments, precise laser devices and everything in between are made in this community. A strong network of supply industries helps support these and other industries. The low business cost, access to skilled labor and an abundance of dreams encourage the entrepreneurial spirit to thrive here.
Elkhart is in the path between Chicago and the East Coast. Elkhart is well served by major highways, and railroads. The railroad switching yards in Elkhart are the world’s second largest freight classification yards. Thirty national trucking firms serve the city. Interstates 80 and 90 have four Elkhart County exits. Elkhart Visitors Guide