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Overview

Introduction to Benton Harbor, Michigan

Benton Harbor, Michigan, in Berrien county, is 32 miles N of South Bend, Indiana and 64 miles E of Chicago, Illinois. The city has a population of 11,182.

Benton Harbor History

Benton Harbor was initially a swampland on the banks of the Paw Paw River. The settlement was founded by Sterne Brunson, Henry C. Morton and Charles Hull. In 1863, the settlement was named Brunson Harbor and renamed Benton Harbor two years later, in 1865. This name was adopted in honor of Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton. In 1891, Benton Harbor was incorporated as a city.

Benton Harbor and nearby Attractions

  • Settlers House
  • Fort Saint Joseph Museum
  • LaSalle Landing
  • Sarett Nature Center
  • Paw Paw River
  • Jean Klock Park

Things To Do In Benton Harbor

From Benton Harbor, one can visit the Fort Saint Joseph Museum and the Krasl Art Center. One can take the children to the Curious Kids' Museum, which features some interactive exhibits on electricity, sound, geology, air currents, bubbles and various other topics. LaSalle Landing is another place of historic importance in Benton Harbor.

Benton Harbor Transportation

Air transportation is available from the South Bend Regional Airport.

Benton Harbor Higher Education

Higher education opportunities are available at Lake Michigan College, Andrews University, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University-South Bend.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,988
Male Share of the Population47%
Female Share of the Population53%
Senior Citizens9.3%
Employed Population 16+3,099
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married21.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher6.5%
Median Earnings25+$18,419
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$12,120
Median Earnings With High School Degree$15,110

Wealth

Median Family Income$23,270
% Above Poverty Level50.8%
% Below Poverty Level49.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.9%
% Using Public Transportation3%

Housing

People Living Alone35.8%
Median Gross Rent$577
Median House Value$49,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)79.6%
German3.8%
English2.7%
African1.7%
French Except Basque0.8%
Italian0.7%
Canadian0.6%
Irish0.6%
Dutch0.4%
West Indian0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Swedish0.2%
Polish0.1%
Czech0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
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Benton Harbor Almanac

CategoryValue
County Berrien County
Standard Zip Codes49022
P.O. Box Zip Codes49023
Phone Area Codes269
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude42.11
Approximate Longitude-86.44

Benton Harbor Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBENTON HARBOR AP
Distance2.2 miles
Jan Temp17 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp61 to 81 F
Oct Temp42 to 61 F
Annual Precip37 inches
StationEAU CLAIRE 4 NE
Distance12.6 miles
Jan Temp17 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp44 to 62 F
Annual Precip36.5 inches
StationSOUTH BEND RGNL AP
Distance29.5 miles
Jan Temp16 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip39.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Baroda844$51,250
Bridgman2,220$84,813
Coloma1,672$56,667
St. Joseph8,307$75,282
Stevensville1,235$64,821
Watervliet1,834$58,365

Benton Harbor Public Libraries

Benton Harbor Public Library
213 EAST WALL STREET
Benton Harbor, Michigan
(269) 926-6139

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Benton Harbor Public Schools

Alternative Education At Sorter
1421 Pipestone Rd
ZIP: 49022
(269) 605-2600
Other
Total Enrollment 48
Arts & Communications Academy At Fair Plain
120 E Napier Ave
ZIP: 49022
(269) 605-1400
Primary
Total Enrollment 386
Benton Harbor Charter School Academy
455 Riverview Dr
ZIP: 49022
(269) 925-3807
Primary
Total Enrollment 393
Benton Harbor High School
870 Colfax Ave
ZIP: 49022
(269) 605-1200
High
Total Enrollment 580
Countryside Academy - Elementary
4821 North Street
ZIP: 49022
(269) 944-5565
Primary
Total Enrollment 344
Countryside Academy - Middle/high School
4800 Meadowbrook Rd
ZIP: 49022
(269) 944-3319
Other
Total Enrollment 288
Dream Academy
248 9th St
ZIP: 49022
(269) 926-1587
High
Total Enrollment 285
International Academy At Hull
1716 Territorial Rd
ZIP: 49022
(269) 605-1500
Primary
Total Enrollment 471
Kindergarten Discovery Center
1995 Union, P.o Box 1107
ZIP: 49022
(269) 605-1600
Primary
Total Enrollment 212
Mildred C. Wells Preparatory Academy
281 South Fair Ave
ZIP: 49022
(269) 926-2885
Primary
Total Enrollment 180
Montessori Academy At Henry C Morton
267 N Hull Ave
ZIP: 49022
(269) 605-2500
Primary
Total Enrollment 370
Riverside School
3422 Riverside Rd
ZIP: 49022
(269) 849-1343
Primary
Total Enrollment 63
Sister Lakes Elementary School
68079 M 152
ZIP: 49022
(269) 424-3101
Primary
Total Enrollment 228
Steam Academy At Mlk
750 E Britain Ave
ZIP: 49022
(269) 605-2400
Primary
Total Enrollment 353
The Bridge Academy
777 Riverview Dr
ZIP: 49022
(269) 277-5122
High
Total Enrollment 84

Benton Harbor Private Schools

Brookview School
501 Zollar Dr
ZIP: 49022
Elementary
Total Enrollment 76
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