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.

$1.302 billion

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.