Marshall, Michigan

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Marshall, Michigan

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.

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High Points

Marshall strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Michigan):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 15% Marshall College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Marshall, Michigan

Comparing Marshall to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Michigan (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 9 9
Senior Citizens 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Age of the Population 7 8
Well-Paid Single Men 7 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 5
Racial Diversity 3 6
Male Share of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 5
Average Household Size 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 8
College Educated Adults 8 9
People in Middle Class or Better 7 8
Median Family Income 6 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 8 8
Short Commute Times 7 8
Public Transportation Use 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 7
People Living Alone 9 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 7
Affordability of Rents 6 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 2
Housing Recently Built 2 4

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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
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Marshall Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,459 100%
Male 3,449 46.2%
Female 4,010 53.8%
Under 18 1,866 25%
18+ 5,593 75%
65+ 1,365 18.3%
Median Age 38.3
Average Family Size 2.98
White 7,154 95.9%
African-American 24 0.3%
Asian 44 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 32 0.4%
Other 74 1%
Mixed Race 131 1.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 236 3.2%

Estimated Marshall Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,363
Growth -96
Growth % -1.3%

Marshall Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 25.9%
English 17.6%
US/American 13.1%
Irish 10.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.5%
Polish 5.1%
Dutch 2.2%
French Canadian 2.1%
French (except Basque) 2%
Scottish 1.8%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
Italian 1.6%
European 0.8%
Russian 0.8%
Hungarian 0.7%
Welsh 0.6%
British 0.6%
Canadian 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
Swedish 0.4%
Romanian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Czech 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Iranian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Marshall 7,459 $53,317
Albion 9,144 $37,399
Battle Creek 53,364 $43,564
Bellevue 1,365 $44,554
Homer 1,851 $41,125
Olivet 1,758 $40,781
Tekonsha 712 $48,375

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 (2004)

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Serves 858 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

A Non-traditional School
Serves 46 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

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Serves 38 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.6

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