St. Joseph County, Indiana

Not to be confused with Saint Joseph, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, locally referred to as "St. Joseph County".
Saint Joseph County, Indiana

St. Joseph County courthouse in South Bend, Indiana

Map of Indiana highlighting Saint Joseph County
Location in the U.S. state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1830
Named for St. Joseph River
Seat South Bend
Largest city South Bend
  Total 461.38 sq mi (1,195 km2)
  Land 457.85 sq mi (1,186 km2)
  Water 3.54 sq mi (9 km2), 0.77%
  (2010) 266,931
  Density 580/sq mi (224/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4


  • Indiana county number 71
  • Fifth-most populous county in Indiana as of 2010

St. Joseph County, commonly called St. Joe County by locals, is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of Census 2010, the population was 266,931,[1] making it the fifth-most populous county in Indiana. Formed in 1830, it was named for the St. Joseph River which flows through it toward Lake Michigan. The county seat is South Bend.[2]

St. Joseph County is part of the South BendMishawaka, IN-MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 461.38 square miles (1,195.0 km2), of which 457.85 square miles (1,185.8 km2) (or 99.23%) is land and 3.54 square miles (9.2 km2) (or 0.77%) is water.[3]


St. Joseph River, flowing into St. Joseph County from Elkhart County (top) through Mishawaka.


Census-designated places

Unincorporated towns


Adjacent counties

Major highways

Climate and weather

South Bend, Indiana
Climate chart (explanation)
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[4]

In recent years, average temperatures in South Bend have ranged from a low of 16 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 83 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −22 °F (−30 °C) was recorded in January 1943 and a record high of 109 °F (43 °C) was recorded in July 1934. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.98 inches (50 mm) in February to 4.19 inches (106 mm) in June.[4]


The county government is a constitutional body, and is granted specific powers by the Constitution of Indiana, and by the Indiana Code.

County Council: The county council is the legislative branch of the county government and controls all the spending and revenue collection in the county. Representatives are elected from county districts. The council members serve four-year terms. They are responsible for setting salaries, the annual budget, and special spending. The council also has limited authority to impose local taxes, in the form of an income and property tax that is subject to state level approval, excise taxes, and service taxes.[5][6]

District Councilperson Party
A Bobby Kruszynski, Jr. Democratic
B Corey Noland Democratic
C Jamie O'Brien Republican
D Rafael Morton, President Democratic
E Diana Hess Democratic
F Mark Telloyan Republican
G Mark Catanzarite, Vice President pro tem Democratic
H Robert McCahill Democratic
I Mark Root, President pro tem Republican

Board of Commissioners: The executive body of the county is made of a board of commissioners. The commissioners are elected county-wide, in staggered terms, and each serves a four-year term. One of the commissioners, typically the most senior, serves as president. The commissioners are charged with executing the acts legislated by the council, collecting revenue, and managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.[5][6]

District Commissioner Party
1 Andrew Kostielney, President Republican
2 Dave Thomas, Vice President Democratic
3 Deborah Fleming Republican

Court: The county maintains a small claims court that can handle some civil cases. The judge on the court is elected to a term of four years and must be a member of the Indiana Bar Association. The judge is assisted by a constable who is also elected to a four-year term. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.[6]

Office Judge Party
Circuit Court Michael Gotsch Democratic
St. Joseph County vote
by party in presidential elections
Year Republican Democratic
2016 47.5% 52,019 47.7% 52,247
2012 47.4% 52,578 50.9% 56,460
2008 40.9% 48,510 57.9% 68,710
2004 50.9% 55,254 48.5% 52,637
2000 48.8% 47,581 48.9% 47,703
1996 41.1% 38,281 49.0% 45,704
1992 37.3% 38,934 44.2% 46,203
1988 50.6% 49,481 49.1% 48,056
1984 53.1% 54,404 46.4% 47,513
1980 49.1% 50,607 42.9% 44,218
1976 50.2% 50,358 49.0% 49,156
1972 60.5% 64,808 38.9% 41,629
1968 44.1% 47,114 44.4% 47,414
1964 37.5% 39,872 61.9% 65,844
1960 45.6% 53,621 54.1% 63,553

County Officials: The county has several other elected offices, including sheriff, coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor, and circuit court clerk. Each of these elected officers serves a term of four years and oversees a different part of county government. Members elected to county government positions are required to declare party affiliations and to be residents of the county.[6]

Office Officeholder Party
Assessor Rosemary Mandrici Democratic
Auditor Mike Hamann Democratic
Clerk Terri Rethlake Democratic
Coroner Randy Magdalinski Democratic
Prosecutor Ken Cotter Democratic
Recorder Phil Dotson Democratic
Sheriff Michael Grzegorek Democratic
Surveyor John McNamara Democratic
Treasurer Michael Kruk Democratic

St. Joseph County is part of Indiana's 2nd congressional district and is represented by Jackie Walorski in the United States Congress.[8] Indiana's US Senators are Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly. Donnelly represented the 2nd district immediately before Walorski and actually defeated Walorski in the 2010 General Election.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2015268,441[9]0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 266,931 people, 103,069 households, and 66,365 families residing in the county.[14] The population density was 583.0 inhabitants per square mile (225.1/km2). There were 114,849 housing units at an average density of 250.8 per square mile (96.8/km2).[3] The racial makeup of the county was 78.7% white, 12.7% black or African American, 1.9% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 3.4% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 7.3% of the population.[14] In terms of ancestry, 25.3% were German, 15.5% were Irish, 12.0% were Polish, 8.5% were English, and 4.5% were American.[15]

Of the 103,069 households, 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.6% were non-families, and 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.07. The median age was 36.2 years.[14]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $57,510. Males had a median income of $45,269 versus $31,667 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,082. About 10.7% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.7% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.[16]


School districts

John Glenn School Corporation

New Prairie United School Corporation

Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation

School City of Mishawaka

South Bend Community School Corporation

High schools
Intermediate Centers
Primary centers

Union-North United School Corporation

Private Schools

Colleges & universities

See also


  1. 1 2 "St. Joseph County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. 1 2 "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  4. 1 2 "Monthly Averages for South Bend, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
  5. 1 2 Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". Retrieved 2008-09-16.
  6. 1 2 3 4 Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-09-16.
  8. "US Congresswoman Jackie Walorski". US Congress. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
  9. "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  10. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  11. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  12. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  13. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  14. 1 2 3 "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  15. "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  16. "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-10.

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Coordinates: 41°37′N 86°17′W / 41.62°N 86.29°W / 41.62; -86.29

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