Introduction to St. Joseph, Michigan

St. Joseph, Michigan, in Berrien county, is 32 miles N of South Bend, Indiana and 62 miles E of Chicago, Illinois. The city is considered part of the Benton Harbor metropolitan area. St. Joseph’s population is 8,789.

St. Joseph History

St. Joseph is the county seat of Berrien County. It was incorporated as a village in 1834 and then again as a city in 1891. St. Joseph is located on the shore of Lake Michigan and at the mouth of the St. Joseph River. St. Joseph and Benton Harbor are sometimes locally referred to as the Twin Cities. European explorers discovered the mouth of the St. Joseph River in 1669, which became an important point of travel and commerce. The city has been nicknamed the Riviera of the Midwest.

St. Joseph and nearby Attractions

  • Curious Kids' Museum
  • Grand Mere State Park
  • Chicago Stock Exchange Building
  • Timber Ridge
  • Deep River Waterpark

Things To Do In St. Joseph

The Curious Kids' Museum, the Fort Saint Joseph Museum and the Krasl Art Center are some of the lcao museums. The Chicago Stock Exchange Building, Comiskey Park, the Silver Beach Amusement Park and Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site are all accessible from St. Joseph as well. Local parks include Grand Mere State Park, Van Buren State Park and Warren Dunes State Park.

St. Joseph Transportation

South Bend Regional Airport is nearby.

St. Joseph Higher Education

Lake Michigan College, Saint Mary's College and Andrews University are some of the local colleges and universities.


Total Population
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Female Share of the Population
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Employed Population 16+
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Education and Earnings

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


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% Working from Home
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Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)

St Joseph Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 32 miles N of South Bend, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 62 miles E of Chicago, Illinois
County Berrien
Metro Area Benton Harbor
Standard Zip Codes 49085
Phone Area Codes 269
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.109
Longitude -86.48

St Joseph Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.6 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
Distance 13.5 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
Distance 29.3 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, St Joseph, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Saint Joe (49085)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Baroda 824 $50,417
Benton Harbor 10,056 $21,207
Bridgman 1,963 $70,536
Coloma 1,705 $60,481
Stevensville 1,312 $70,903

St Joseph Public Libraries

Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library
St Joseph, Michigan
(269) 983-7167
Library Web Site

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St Joseph Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(269) 983-8300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

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