Notre Dame : Indiana


What It Is Like to Retire in Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana, is a small, unincorporated community in St. Joseph County, and is solely a college town.  As unincorporated communities do not have municipal governments, Notre Dame's government entities only include the United States Post Office, located on a college campus, and the colleges' separate police forces. The population of approximately 7,000  includes the campuses of The University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College and Holy Cross College, and accounts for the town's median age to be very low at only 20 years.  The small town is also home to three major headquarters of the Holy Cross religious communities.  Notre Dame is located just two miles north of South Bend, a large city with a population of over 100,000.  Picture of the aerial view of University of Notre Dame courtesy of Wikipedia; picture of the campus of the University of Notre Dame courtesy of Wikipedia and Know1one1. There are retirement communities in Notre Dame, see link on top right.


Where to Retire in Notre Dame and Home Prices

Notre Dame is mainly comprised of college campuses and residence halls.  City-data reports a home value of $116,500 in Notre Dame. Holy Cross Village, on the campus of Holy Cross College, is a CCRC that offers independent living villas and apartments for seniors 55+.  Homes in nearby South Bend have a median sale price of approximately $111,000.


What Is Special about Notre Dame

Notre Dame is a small town with a young population and offers many college activities, cultural and sporting events, art galleries and historic buildings.


What Is Not Special about Notre Dame

 Notre Dame is a small community with long, cold winters.


Who Will Like Retirement in Notre Dame

Those who would like a small, walkable college town with a young population would enjoy Notre Dame. Retirees can attend lectures, classes and sporting events.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Education of course drives the economy, with some tourism.


Climate and Physical Environment

Norte Dame has an average January temperature of 24 degrees and gets lots of snow each winter, averaging over 80 inches.  The median July temperature is 73 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

With three institutions of higher learning, there are always lectures or seminars to attend, along with art galleries and historic buildings on the campus of Notre Dame, including the Snite Museum of Art.  For more culture, performing arts, and restaurants, South Bend is only two miles away.



In Notre Dame, each college campus has their own police force and crime data, so there is no crime rate for Notre Dame as a community. 


Medical Facilities

Medical facilities are found on each of the college campuses (for students only), and there are hospitals and medical centers in nearby South Bend.



South Bend has a regional airport, about 5 miles from Notre Dame.  Amtrak and South Shore trains service nearby South Bend, as does Greyhound.


Valuable Links

University of Notre Dame Visitors

Saint Mary's College

Holy Cross College


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