Introduction to Hastings, Michigan

Hastings, Michigan is 23 miles N of Battle Creek, Michigan (center to center) and 112 miles NW of Toledo, Ohio. The population of the city is 7,095.

Hastings History

In 1836, three entrepreneurs, Dibble, Kingsbury, and Kendall, bought a large tract of land around the Thornapple River from a Detroit banker. A small community was formed, and in 1843, Hastings became the County seat of Barry County. It was incorporated as a village in 1855, and on March 11, 1871, it was officially incorporated as a city. The name was kept in honor of Eurotas P. Hastings, a landowner.

Hastings and Nearby Attractions

  • Charlton Park Village & Museum
  • Battle Creek Sanitarium
  • Yankee Springs Recreation Area
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center
  • Whispering Waters Campground and Canoe Livery

Things To Do In Hastings

Charlton Park Village and Museum depicts a typical village of Michigan during the late 19th to the early 20th century. Yankee Springs Recreation Area and Whispering Waters Campground and Canoe Livery offer provisions for recreational activities like camping, fishing, and water sports. Kalamazoo Nature Center has a variety of plant species on display.

Hastings Transportation

Air transportation is available from Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Hastings Higher Education

Colleges located nearby include Kellog Community College, Calvin College, Aquinas College, and Grand Rapids Community College.


Total Population 7,313
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 3,079
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 47.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.1%
Median Earnings25+ $31,293
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $9,189
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,690


Median Family Income $56,379
% Above Poverty Level 79.1%
% Below Poverty Level 20.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 34.8%
Median Gross Rent $733
Median House Value $95,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.3%
US/American 0%
English 11.4%
Irish 12.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hastings Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles N of Battle Creek, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 112 miles NW of Toledo, Ohio
County Barry
Standard Zip Codes 49058
Phone Area Codes 269
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.645
Longitude -85.29

Hastings Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches
Distance 17.6 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
Distance 24.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Freeport 493 $55,417
Lake Odessa 1,949 $50,703
Middleville 3,307 $54,763
Nashville 1,764 $44,844
Vermontville 782 $39,375

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hastings Public Libraries

Dowling Public Library
Hastings, Michigan
(616) 721-3743
Hastings Public Library
Hastings, Michigan
(269) 945-4263
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Hastings Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(269) 945-3451
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

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