Introduction to Marshall, Michigan

Marshall, Michigan is 11 miles E of Battle Creek, Michigan (center to center) and 83 miles NW of Toledo, Ohio. Located in Calhoun county, the city, which is part of the Kalamazoo - Battle Creek metro area, has a population of 7,459.

Marshall History

The community of Marshall was established by Sidney and George Ketchum in 1830. They named the area "Marshall" in honor of John Marshall, the Chief Justice of the United States from Virginia. Expecting this community to eventually become Michigan's state capitol, a number of doctors, ministers, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and land speculators settled in Marshall. In the mid 19th century, the town had an Underground Railroad station. The residents, who harbored strong anti-slavery sentiments, helped slaves escape from pursuers. The city, which is home to one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the nation, has been referred to as the "virtual textbook of 19th-Century American architecture" by the keeper of the National Register of Historic Places.

Marshall and Nearby Attractions

  • Honolulu House Museum
  • Battle Creek Sanitarium
  • Fort Custer Recreation Area
  • Binder Park Zoo
  • W.J. Beal Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Marshall

Marshall is home to numerous historical markers including the American Museum of Magic, First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill School, Samuel Coleman House, and Butler-Boyce House. G.A.R. Hall Civil War Museum houses Civil War artifacts, Honolulu House Museum includes carpets, furniture, and paintings that recreate the 19th century splendor, and the Michael W. Schragg Post Office and US Postal Museum features 19th and 20th century historical treasures. The Fort Custer Recreation Area, which sits upon nearly 3,000 acres, offers facilities for camping, boating, fishing, and hiking. The city is also close to the Binder Park Zoo, Potter Park Zoo, and W.J. Beal Botanical Garden. Residents of Marshall host the Calhoun County Fair, and the Harvest Festival every year.

Marshall Transportation

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

Marshall Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Kellogg Community College, Spring Arbor University, Jackson Community College, and Western Michigan University.


Total Population 7,038
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 21.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,153
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 46.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $52,404
% Above Poverty Level 88.6%
% Below Poverty Level 11.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 11.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 38.7%
Median Gross Rent $692
Median House Value $108,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17%
US/American 0%
English 13.4%
Irish 12.7%

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

Marshall Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles E of Battle Creek, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 83 miles NW of Toledo, Ohio
County Calhoun
Metro Area Kalamazoo - Battle Creek
Standard Zip Codes 49068
Company Zip Codes 49069
Phone Area Codes 269
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.272
Longitude -84.963

Marshall Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.1 inches
Distance 20.3 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 23.2 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
Albion 8,316 $33,341
Battle Creek 51,830 $48,835
Bellevue 1,382 $50,625
Homer 1,857 $43,281
Olivet 1,570 $50,000
Tekonsha 648 $39,375

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

Marshall Public Libraries

Marshall District Library
124 W. GREEN ST.
Marshall, Michigan
(616) 781-7821

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Marshall Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(269) 781-4271
Emergency Service: Yes

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Marshall High Schools

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Serves 858 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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Serves 46 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

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Serves 38 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.6

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