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Overview

Introduction to Benton Harbor, Michigan

Benton Harbor, Michigan, in Berrien county, is 32 miles N of South Bend, Indiana and 64 miles E of Chicago, Illinois. The city has a population of 11,182.

Benton Harbor History

Benton Harbor was initially a swampland on the banks of the Paw Paw River. The settlement was founded by Sterne Brunson, Henry C. Morton and Charles Hull. In 1863, the settlement was named Brunson Harbor and renamed Benton Harbor two years later, in 1865. This name was adopted in honor of Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton. In 1891, Benton Harbor was incorporated as a city.

Benton Harbor and nearby Attractions

  • Settlers House
  • Fort Saint Joseph Museum
  • LaSalle Landing
  • Sarett Nature Center
  • Paw Paw River
  • Jean Klock Park

Things To Do In Benton Harbor

From Benton Harbor, one can visit the Fort Saint Joseph Museum and the Krasl Art Center. One can take the children to the Curious Kids' Museum, which features some interactive exhibits on electricity, sound, geology, air currents, bubbles and various other topics. LaSalle Landing is another place of historic importance in Benton Harbor.

Benton Harbor Transportation

Air transportation is available from the South Bend Regional Airport.

Benton Harbor Higher Education

Higher education opportunities are available at Lake Michigan College, Andrews University, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University-South Bend.

People

Total Population 10,014
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 8.5%
Employed Population 16+ 3,000
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 20.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 5.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $20,479
% Above Poverty Level 49.7%
% Below Poverty Level 50.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.8%
% Using Public Transportation 2.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.7%
Median Gross Rent $563
Median House Value $47,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 82.4%
US/American 0%
English 2.5%
Irish 0.7%

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

Benton Harbor Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 32 miles N of South Bend, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 64 miles E of Chicago, Illinois
County Berrien
Metro Area Benton Harbor
Standard Zip Codes 49022
P.O. Box Zip Codes 49023
Phone Area Codes 269
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.116
Longitude -86.454

Benton Harbor Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station BENTON HARBOR AP
Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Station EAU CLAIRE 4 NE
Distance 12.6 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Station SOUTH BEND RGNL AP
Distance 29.5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 39.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Baroda 871 $51,042
Bridgman 1,997 $81,375
Coloma 1,600 $54,583
St. Joseph 8,311 $73,534
Stevensville 1,282 $70,667

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

Benton Harbor Public Libraries

Library
Benton Harbor Public Library
213 EAST WALL STREET
Benton Harbor, Michigan
(269) 926-6139
Library Web Site

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Benton Harbor High Schools

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BENTON HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL
870 COLFAX AVENUE
269-927-0616
Serves 1,326 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 663

COUNTRYSIDE CHARTER SCHOOL
4800 MEADOWBROOK ROAD
269-944-3319
A Charter School.
Serves 535 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

CAREER/TECHNICAL CENTER
653 VALLEY DRIVE
269-927-0740
A Vocational School
Serves 1 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1

Benton Harbor Colleges

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