About Mishawaka


The City of Mishawaka is located on the on the St. Joseph River, in Penn Township, St. Joseph County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 51,063 as of the 2020 census. Mishawaka's is affectionally referred to as "the Princess City". Mishawaka is a principal city of the South Bend–Mishawaka region.

"In 2021 we received the results of the federal 2020 decennial census. On a year-to-year basis, Mishawaka is performing better than our surrounding communities. Additionally, we continue to provide world class services, and strive to be the “Best Hometown in America”. I look at the decennial census, in part, as an outside high-level audit.

By the numbers, Mishawaka grew in population between 2010 and 2020 from 48,252 to 51,063 (an increase of 2,811). Although this is a modest growth rate of 5.8% when compared to fast growing areas around the country, it also is the fastest growth rate in St. Joseph County. During the same period of time, South Bend grew from 101,168, to 103,453 (an increase of 2,285) with a growth rate of 2.3%. South Bend’s growth was also aided by the continued rapid growth of Eddy Street Commons adjacent to the University of Notre Dame.

The unincorporated area of Granger actually decreased in population from 30,465 to 30,337. Overall, St. Joseph County grew from 266,931 to 272,912 people between 2010 and 2020. As a City, we also continue to become more diverse. Between 2010 and 2020, our black/African American population grew from 7.1% to 10.3%, our Hispanic/Latino population grew from 4.5% to 6.1%, and our Asian population grew from 2.0% to 3.1%. The percentage of our population that identifies as white dropped from 88.7% to 83.8%."

Population growth, business expansion and record-breaking new construction tell us that people want to live, work, raise their families and retire in Mishawaka. Community pride is an essential part of life in the Princess City.

-- Mayor Dave Wood (2022 State of the City)