Introduction to Albion, Michigan

Albion, Michigan, in Calhoun county, is 22 miles E of Battle Creek, Michigan and 73 miles NW of Toledo, Ohio. The city is considered part of the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek metropolitan area. Albion’s population is 9,144.

Albion History

Albion is located in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Tenney Peabody became the first European-American to visit this area when he arrived in 1833. Peabody’s wife named the city after the town of Albion, New York. Jesse Crowell arrived in this area in 1835 and established the Albion Company. The city is sometimes also referred to as 'The Forks' because it is located at the point of confluence of the north and south branches of the Kalamazoo River.

Albion and nearby Attractions

  • Battle Creek Sanatarium
  • Ella Sharp Museum
  • Yankee Springs Recreation Area
  • Binder Park Zoo
  • Cannonsburg
  • Hidden Lake Gardens

Things To Do In Albion

Albion hosts the Festival of the Forks every September in order to celebrate its ethnic heritage. The Kids 'N' Stuff Children's Museum is located in Albion. Local historic sites include the Battle Creek Sanatarium, the Croswell Opera House and the W.K. Kellogg House. Local parks include Fort Custer Recreation Area, Pinckney State Recreation Area and Pokagon State Park.

Albion Transportation

Air transportation is available from Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport.

Albion Higher Education

The local college is Albion College. Olivet College, the Baker College of Jackson, Spring Arbor University and Glen Oaks Community College are all accessible from Albion as well.


Total Population 8,316
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,127
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 31.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $33,341
% Above Poverty Level 67.5%
% Below Poverty Level 32.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 7.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 18.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 32.4%
Median Gross Rent $608
Median House Value $58,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.2%
US/American 0%
English 8.1%
Irish 7.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Albion Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles E of Battle Creek, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 73 miles NW of Toledo, Ohio
County Calhoun
Metro Area Kalamazoo - Battle Creek
Standard Zip Codes 49224
Phone Area Codes 517
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.243
Longitude -84.753

Albion Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 14.8 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30.6 inches
Distance 21.6 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 33.8 inches
Distance 34 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 36 to 61 F
Jul Temp 61 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Concord 1,127 $49,063
Hanover 363 $51,042
Homer 1,857 $43,281
Marshall 7,038 $52,404
Parma 870 $53,409
Springport 740 $42,411

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Albion Public Libraries

Albion Public Library
Albion, Michigan
(517) 629-3993
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Serves 495 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

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