South Bend is located in St Joseph County in the US state of Indiana and is an important hub for the area. South Bend is known as ‘The Wagon City’ because of its reputation as once being home to the largest wagon builder in the world, the Studebaker Company with the company’s history and many examples of its work being featured in the local Studebaker National Museum. Expats living in South Bend will find that the city has plenty to offer in terms of attractions and entertainment, including Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, which can be found at the University of Notre Dame, the South Bend Museum of Art and others. The city is home to a number of festivals, such as The South Bend Reggae Music Festival and The World Pulse Festival. Sport is also popular in the city and expats living in South Bend will be able to enjoy Soccer Saturdays watching the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, as well as baseball, roller derby and other sports.
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South Bend is the fourth largest city in Indiana and has a lower cost of living than the state average, with affordable housing for those looking to rent or buy property in the city. Expatriates moving to South Bend will find that the climate is usually pleasant in the city, with warm summers and mild springs and falls, whilst winters can be much cooler with a chance of snowfall. As the main transportation hub for the Michiana region, South Bend is well connected to other parts of the state and other US states by road, as well as rail and air, whilst the city itself is served by an extensive bus network. There are a number of recommended schools in the city to benefit any expatriate relocating to South Bend with children, whilst the city is also home to a number of universities. Expatriates wishing to find out more about moving to South Bend could benefit from joining InterNations, an exciting online resource for expats which also offers expatriates from all over the world the chance to socialize, network, and share advice with one another.
As an important economical hub in the state, South Bend benefits from a number of different industries, making use of its location along the St. Joseph River. The city was once known for being a major center for automobile production, but nowadays expats working in South Bend may find opportunities in areas such as finance and healthcare as well as in small businesses. The University of Notre Dame offers a range of opportunities in research and education, and is one of the city’s largest employers. Expatriates in South Bend who are still looking for work could benefit from joining InterNations’ expat community and making use of its discussion groups and forums in order to network with fellow expats and find out more information about working in the city as well as other areas such as housing, education and culture.