Introduction to Three Rivers, Michigan

Three Rivers, Michigan, in St Joseph county, is 24 miles S of Kalamazoo, Michigan (center to center) and 104 miles E of Chicago, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, 7,328 people lived in Three Rivers.

Three Rivers History

The community of Three Rivers was named because of its' location at the confluence of the St. Joseph River, the Rocky River, and the Portage River. Jacob McInterfer, who arrived in 1828 and established his home, was followed by several other families. The village of "Lockport" was platted in 1836 and in the same year, Hon. John H. Bowman established the community of Three Rivers. In 1871, this city annexed Lockport. A Benedictine monastery of the Episcopal Church, known as the St. Gregory's Abbey, was established in Three Rivers in 1946.

Three Rivers and Nearby Attractions

  • Elkhart County Historical Museum
  • Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
  • Fort Custer Recreation Area
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center
  • Binder Park Zoo

Things To Do In Three Rivers

Three Rivers is close to numerous museums. The Elkhart County Historical Museum showcases artifacts of historic importance. The National New York Central Railroad Museum exhibits box cars, locomotives, a railroad post office, and a diner. The Midwest Museum of American Art features 19th and 20th century watercolors, photographs, sculptures, and paintings. Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, the Battle Creek Sanatarium, and W.K. Kellogg House are historic sites nearby. The 1,000-acre Kalamazoo Nature Center includes forests, wetlands, and prairies. At the Fort Custer Recreation Area, visitors can enjoy camping, boating, fishing, and hiking. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Black Pine Animal Park, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, and W.J. Beal Botanical Garden are other popular attractions in the area.

Three Rivers Transportation

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

Three Rivers Higher Education

Colleges close to Three Rivers are Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, and University of Notre Dame.


Total Population 7,765
Male Share of the Population 50.6%
Female Share of the Population 49.4%
Senior Citizens 11.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,975
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 37.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.9%
Median Earnings25+ $25,334
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,481
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,518


Median Family Income $40,368
% Above Poverty Level 69.7%
% Below Poverty Level 30.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 34.3%
Median Gross Rent $627
Median House Value $71,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.1%
US/American 0%
English 14.2%
Irish 10.1%

Three Rivers Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles S of Kalamazoo, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 104 miles E of Chicago, Illinois
County St Joseph
Standard Zip Codes 49093
Phone Area Codes 269
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.943
Longitude -85.632

Three Rivers Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.7 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 31 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.4 inches
Distance 32.1 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Centreville 1,700 $54,844
Constantine 1,760 $46,364
Marcellus 1,024 $44,643
Mendon 881 $65,729
Schoolcraft 1,657 $61,012

Three Rivers Public Libraries

Three Rivers Public Library
Three Rivers, Michigan
(269) 273-8666
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Three Rivers Hospitals

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(269) 278-1145
Emergency Service: Yes

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Historic Three Rivers


Sheffield Car Co. (pattern shop) between 1890 and 1910

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Sheffield Car Co. (pattern shop) between 1890 and 1910

Detroit River scene (North Land) between 1900 and 1915

Sheffield Car Co. works (Three Rivers) between 1890 and 1910

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