St. Joseph County Facts

Size of County

457 Square Miles

Population (2013)



The county was organized January 29, 1830, becoming effective April 1, 1830. The county is named after the St. Joseph River that runs through the county. The St. Joseph River is named after Joseph, husband of St. Mary, the mother of Jesus.

The County Seat

The first St. Joseph County seat was located on a farm owned by William Brookfield a few miles southwest of the city of South Bend, in German Township.


Since the first court met in Alexis Coquillard’s house in South Bend, five commissioners were named to relocate the county seat, which was done September 7, 1831, when South Bend was chosen as the seat of the county’s government.

St. Joseph County Townships

There are 13 townships within St. Joseph County:


Olive Township

Warren Township

German Township

Portage Township

Clay Township

Harris Township

Greene Township

Center Township

Penn Township

Lincoln Township

Liberty Township

Union Township

Madison Township

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