Introduction to Hillsdale, Michigan

Hillsdale, Michigan, in Hillsdale county, is 39 miles SE of Battle Creek, Michigan (center to center) and 58 miles W of Toledo, Ohio.

Hillsdale History

Native Americans were the original inhabitants of this region. In 1825, a survey was conducted for the Chicago Turnpike. Captain Moses Allen, a veteran of the War of 1812, moved to the area in 1827, but Jeremiah Arnold is considered the first white settler in what was later known as the city of Hillsdale. He arrived in 1834, and built a log cabin. The same year, a store was opened by Chauncey Ferris and John Cook. The Jonesville Presbyterian Church was constructed in 1835, and railroad lines arrived in 1843. Hillsdale was a booming railroad community during the 1840s. Hillsdale was initially incorporated as a village in 1847, and in 1869, it was incorporated as a city. Michigan's first coed college was established in the city of Hillsdale.

Hillsdale and Nearby Attractions

  • Lenawee County Historical Society Museum
  • Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
  • Slayton Arboretum
  • Waterloo State Recreation Area
  • Binder Park Zoo

Things To Do In Hillsdale

The city of Hillsdale offers easy access to numerous historical sites like the Battle Creek Sanatarium, Gene Stratton-Porter State Historical Site, the W.K. Kellogg House, and the Croswell Opera House. The Sauder Farm & Craft Village includes a homestead, a log cabin, a jail, and a one-room schoolhouse. Among the exhibits at Mid-America Windmill Museum are several restored windmills. The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum, Kimball House Museum, and Lenawee County Historical Society Museum house artifacts and memorabilia of historical importance. Binder Park Zoo, Hidden Lake Gardens, Black Pine Animal Park, and Toledo Botanical Garden are other popular attractions. In addition, facilities for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, and picnicking are available at the Pokagon State Park, Steuben County Park, and W.J. Hayes State Park. The community also hosts the Hillsdale County Fair in September every year.

Hillsdale Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Fort Wayne International Airport.

Hillsdale Higher Education

Colleges near Hillsdale include the Spring Arbor University, Jackson Community College, Kellogg Community College, and Lansing Community College.


Total Population 8,203
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,393
Age of the Population 27


% of people married 31.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $43,587
% Above Poverty Level 69.1%
% Below Poverty Level 30.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 18.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 39.8%
Median Gross Rent $573
Median House Value $79,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 12.1%
Irish 16.1%

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

Hillsdale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 39 miles SE of Battle Creek, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 58 miles W of Toledo, Ohio
County Hillsdale
Standard Zip Codes 49242
Phone Area Codes 517
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.92
Longitude -84.63

Hillsdale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37.6 inches
Distance 19.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.6 inches
Station ADRIAN 2 NNE
Distance 31.6 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 59 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 35.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Allen 243 $51,250
Jonesville 2,173 $56,406
Litchfield 1,281 $45,234
North Adams 574 $48,333
Quincy 1,647 $40,250
Reading 1,215 $35,781

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

Hillsdale Public Libraries

Mitchell Public Library
Hillsdale, Michigan
(517) 437-2581

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Hillsdale Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(517) 437-5235
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 20.1

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