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The City of Mishawaka Information and Statistics

Why Mishawaka?

Located in Northern Indiana, Mishawaka is one of the busiest cities in “America’s Crossroads.” Our city’s location is prime real estate for people and goods traveling across the country.

Travel in Mishawaka

Criss-crossed by some of the nation’s largest highways, Mishawaka is centered between some of the most popular travel destinations in the Midwest. Interstate 80/90 toll road and U.S. Route 31 directly link our city to large urban destinations like Chicago, Cleveland and Indianapolis. By these direct highways, The City of Mishawaka is located:

  • Less than 15 miles from the Michigan border
  • Less than 60 miles from Indiana Dunes National Park on Lake Michigan
  • 80 Miles from Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 100 Miles from Downtown Chicago, Illinois
  • 140 Miles from Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 200 Miles from Detroit, Michigan

South Bend International Airport

Residents in Mishawaka are less than 30 minutes from the South Bend International Airport with flights heading to some of the most popular travel destinations every day. The airport is also the farthest west stop for the South Shore Rail Line which transports travelers to downtown Chicago every day. It is a great option for those of us who would rather take a train for a quick day trip to Chicago. Travelers can purchase tickets for the South Shore online or directly at the South Bend International Airport.

City of Mishawaka Demographics

Population growth estimates:

  • Population Estimates 2021: 51,074
  • Population Estimates 2020: 51,201
  • Population Estimates 2010: 48,252
  • Population Estimates 2008: 50,026
  • Population Estimates 2006: 48,912
  • Population Estimates 2004: 48,385
  • Population Estimates 2000: 46,557
  • Population Estimates 1990: 42,608

Race & Origin Demographics:

  • White alone: 80.1%
  • Black or African American alone: 9.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.9%
  • Asian: 2.2%
  • Native Hawaiian: 0.1%
  • Two or more races present: 6%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 6.9%
  • White, not Hispanic or Latino: 76.7%

Age & Sex Demographics:

  • Persons under 5 years of age: 7.8%
  • Persons under 18 years of age: 21.6%
  • Persons 65 years and over: 15.3%
  • Female persons: 50%

Education in our Area

The City of Mishawaka is home to a large, diverse, educated workforce. Students and graduates are supported by the area’s secondary and post-secondary schools. Currently, 89.3% of our residents age 25+ have a high school diploma or equivalent. In addition, 25.1% of those also have a bachelor’s degree or higher post-secondary education.