South Bend Quality of Life Offers Affordability, Livability

When it came time for John and Molly Whelan to decide where to settle down with their family, after living in Boston and Evansville, Ind., South Bend was an easy choice.

“We honestly could have chosen to go almost anywhere there was a job available,” Whelan said. “So we started to give this search some parameters. This time around we were more careful to consider quality-of-life factors.”

Live large. Spend small.

Like many who have chosen to live and work in South Bend, the Whelans looked at a number of factors that make the city an especially attractive place to call home. Inevitably, stay?”

Crucial to any city’s cost-of-living index is the availability of well-maintained, affordable housing. South Bend offers a diversity of architectural styles and price ranges as well as neighborhoods with historic character, modern amenities and distinctive charm said McMahon, whose organization works to promote economic development in the area.

In addition, affordable quality of life plays out in other important ways, said South Bend Mayor Stephen J. Luecke.

“Everything is so close and easy to get to in South Bend — home, schools, work, shopping and entertainment,” says Luecke. “That means that people can put in the necessary hours at work, and still have more family time.”

High-quality, accessible health care

The experience of John and Molly Whelan in choosing South Bend comes as no surprise to Ted Foti, senior vice president for Memorial Hospital & Health System, who is responsible for recruiting physicians from across the United States to live and work in the area.

A rich, culturally diverse atmosphere

According to Jeff Gibney, quality of life is often measured by the presence of postsecondary schools within city limits.

South Bend numbers six major colleges and universities, including the University of Notre Dame, plus several smaller community colleges.

South Bend boasts several high-profile performance venues. These include the Morris Performing Arts Center, which consistently ranks in the top 50 worldwide in ticket sales, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame, and the award-winning South Bend Civic Theatre.

A short drive to distinctive diversions

South Bend is less than 100 miles from Chicago, which offers all the advantages of a major world-class metropolitan area.