The Best Hometown in America
In Mishawaka, we to strive to be the most Livable City in Northern Indiana. Mishawaka continues to build a community that future generations can be proud of – a place that is desirable not only to live, work, raise a family, recreate and retire, but also to visit, shop, seek health care and do business.
We are a community of opportunity.
A growing city and thriving community, Mishawaka is a place where people want to be. We understand the responsibility we have to keep Mishawaka a place where residents want to live and visitors want to stay. Our Princess City continues to live up to our reputation as the “Best Hometown in America.”
From the Mayor
“Like you, I have a deep and enduring love for Mishawaka and look at you, our citizens, as part of my extended family. Together, we will continue to work to make decisions today with an eye toward the future and continue to build an extraordinarily livable city for generations to come. We believe greatness continues to lie ahead of us! May God continue to bless you, our citizens, and our great city of Mishawaka.”
Our Community Values
At the core of who we are in Mishawaka, we have a shared set of values that our community lives out every day. These shared core beliefs continually drive our community forward. No two residents are the same, but sharing a set of values brings us closer together.
As a livable city and thriving community, we recognize that families are the heart of any community. Thankfully, our Mishawaka families pass down their love of and pride in Mishawaka from generation to generation.
We live in an ever-changing world, and Mishawaka moves with it. As new technologies, businesses and mindsets make their way to our city, we vow to be adaptable and continue to push Mishawaka forward.
As we continue to make strides toward the future, we promise not to forget where we came from. Our rich history and diverse cultures, high-quality educational opportunities, free marketplace of ideas and varied thoughts and opinions will continue to be respected and valued.
In Mishawaka, we place special value on our small-town atmosphere, where visitors are always welcome and neighbors are considered friends. Our Midwest values guide us to support one another and never underestimate the capabilities of our community.
Live Like the Locals
Our Mishawaka community is very active. Between our 28 quality parks, St. Joseph River waterways, the Mishawaka Riverwalk and a bustling downtown area, you can always find us out and about. Our Mishawaka parks system is among the best in Indiana. New businesses and local restaurants and shops are added to our city every year! We take pride in our community spaces. They are where we experience life alongside one another.
Safety is Our Priority
There is no service provided by local government more vital than Public Safety. Here in Mishawaka, it’s priority number one. Fundamental to being a livable city is safety and security. The safety and security of our residents are our utmost priority, and we will do whatever it takes to prevent crime and violence in any form!
A Growing Community
We are proud that, on a year-to-year basis, our Mishawaka is performing better than any surrounding community. We continue to provide world-class services as we strive to be the “Best Hometown in America.”
As we look at 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 the fastest growing areas around the country, it is the fastest growth rate in St. Joseph County. People want what we have and are moving here to be a part of the Princess City.