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Overview

Introduction to Sturgis, Michigan

Sturgis, Michigan, in St Joseph county, is 29 miles E of Elkhart, Indiana and 96 miles W of Toledo, Ohio.

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.

People

Total Population 10,916
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 12.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,350
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 48.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.3%
Median Earnings25+ $29,620
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,141

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,375
% Above Poverty Level 76.6%
% Below Poverty Level 23.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.6%
Median Gross Rent $658
Median House Value $80,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.9%
US/American 0%
English 9.8%
Irish 8.2%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station LAGRANGE SEWAGE PLANT
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
Station THREE RIVERS
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
Station COLDWATER STATE SCHOOL
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 2,437 $41,205
Burr Oak 870 $45,192
Centreville 1,582 $50,655
Colon 1,136 $58,393
Constantine 1,736 $43,929

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

Sturgis Public Libraries

Library
Sturgis Public Library
255 NORTH STREET
Sturgis, Michigan
(269) 659-7224

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Sturgis Hospitals

STURGIS HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
916 MYRTLE AVE
(269) 651-7824
Emergency Service: Yes

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Sturgis High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

STURGIS HIGH SCHOOL
216 VINEWOOD AVENUE
269-659-1515
Serves 903 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

ARDEN PARK SCHOOL
107 ILENE STREET
616-659-1552
A Non-traditional School
Serves 5 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

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