9 Facts About South Bend

1. Additionally, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend operates eleven parochial grade schools and one high school in South Bend.

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2. In 2010, South Bend became one of 303 communities in the United States to be recognized as a "Bicycle-Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists due to the city's "remarkable commitments to bicycling.

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3. In 2010, IU South Bend re-opened the building, and now offers tours and events focusing on the histories of civil rights and the experiences of African Americans, Latinxs, and LGBTQ peoples in South Bend.

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4. In 2013, a new annual festival began in South Bend called South by South Bend, named after the famous South By Southwest of Austin, TX.

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5. The City of South Bend recently announced it will provide free wireless internet access via the Metronet in the city's downtown and East Bank areas.

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6. In 2015, the City of South Bend celebrated its 150th birthday.

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7. On May 22, 1865, South Bend was incorporated as a city, and its first elections were held on June 5, 1865, with William G George elected as its first mayor.

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8. Today, the largest industries in South Bend are health care, education, small business, and tourism.

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9. Population of South Bend declined after 1960, when it had a peak population of 132,445.

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