Notre Dame is a major contributor to the economic vitality of the city of South Bend, St. Joseph County, and the state of Indiana. As a national - and, increasingly global - institution, Notre Dame also has a growing impact on the world beyond South Bend. This website is dedicated to the University’s contribution to the ongoing development of the local economy and also how a growing partnership with this community benefits the University as well.
Growth in jobs, spending, and other economic indicators show a vibrant university, and a willing and supportive surrounding community.
annual economic impact in St. Joseph County
The University directly and indirectly accounts for about 14,650 jobs in St. Joseph County, and is the largest employer.
Visitors and students generate $349 million in off-campus spending, supporting 4,869 jobs in St. Joseph County.
Research spending at Notre Dame grew by 65 percent, reaching $182 million.
Notre Dame spent more than $95 million annually in construction in the last six years, accounting for 326 full-time-equivalent jobs in the state of Indiana.