Introduction to Sturgis, Michigan

Sturgis, Michigan, in St Joseph county, is 29 miles E of Elkhart, Indiana and 96 miles W of Toledo, Ohio. The city has a population of 11,285.

Sturgis History

Judge John Sturgis visited the St. Joseph Valley area in the southern Michigan territory in 1827. He settled down in the region, and it was named in his honor. It was initially a town, but as the population grew in size, Sturgis was officially incorporated as a city in the year 1896.

Sturgis and nearby Attractions

  • Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
  • Menno-Hof
  • Elkhart County Historical Museum
  • Black Pine Animal Park
  • Oak Lawn Cemetery
  • Harmon Field

Things To Do In Sturgis

Visitors to Sturgis can take a trip to the home of author and nature photographer Gene Stratton-Porter, which is known as the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. Also nearby are other places of historical interest like the Mennonite-Amish visitor, the Midwest Museum of American Art and the Elkhart County Historical Museum. The Air Zoo, an aviation history museum, is also a popular tourist destination.

Sturgis Transportation

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

Sturgis Higher Education

For higher education, students can enroll at Western Michigan University, the Kalamazoo Valley Community College, or Kellogg Community College.


Total Population 10,923
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 12%
Employed Population 16+ 4,139
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 47.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,498
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,472
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,819


Median Family Income $46,250
% Above Poverty Level 74.7%
% Below Poverty Level 25.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 32.6%
Median Gross Rent $661
Median House Value $84,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.3%
US/American 0%
English 11.2%
Irish 8.1%

Sturgis Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 29 miles E of Elkhart, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 96 miles W of Toledo, Ohio
County St Joseph
Standard Zip Codes 49091
Phone Area Codes 269
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.799
Longitude -85.419

Sturgis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.7 inches
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Distance 24 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bronson 2,420 $39,539
Burr Oak 817 $46,667
Centreville 1,700 $54,844
Colon 1,214 $59,167
Constantine 1,760 $46,364

Sturgis Public Libraries

Sturgis Public Library
Sturgis, Michigan
(269) 659-7224

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Sturgis Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(269) 651-7824
Emergency Service: Yes

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