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Overview

Introduction to Dowagiac, Michigan

Dowagiac, Michigan, in Cass county, is 22 miles N of Elkhart, Indiana (center to center) and 79 miles E of Chicago, Illinois.

Dowagiac History

The Chippewa, Potawatomi, and Ottawa tribes of Native Americans, who are considered to be the first settlers in the region, named the place "Dowagiac" after an Indian term meaning "foraging ground." Rail lines and stagecoaches arrived in the mid 1800s and the area was platted as the City of Dowagiac in 1848. The first school was established in the same year. Round Oak Stove Company was founded by Philo Beckwith in 1859, which was also when the Judd Lumber Company was established. This lumber company is currently the oldest lumber company in Michigan.

Dowagiac and Nearby Attractions

  • Heddon Museum
  • Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
  • Southwestern Michigan College Museum
  • Kaukakee State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • James E. Heddon Park
  • Black Pine Animal Park

Things To Do In Dowagiac

The Southwestern Michigan College Museum, located in the city of Dowagiac, houses artifacts and memorabilia from the early days of the community. The Elkhart County Historical Museum, the Fort Saint Joseph Museum, the Snite Museum of Art, and the Curious Kids' Museum are also close by. James E. Heddon Park, Water Tower Park, Optimist Park, Rotary Park, and Northwest Park are popular parks in the area. The Rudolphi Wildlife Refuge & Rudolphi Woods feature nature trails and hiking trails. Visitors can also enjoy cross country skiing here. The Historic Walking Tour across Dowagiac traverses places of historical interest around the city, including the Historic Train Depot, Judd Lumber Company, Beckwith Park, Caruso's Candy Kitchen, St Paul's Episcopal Church, and the Gardner Mansion. The city also hosts the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival in May every year.

Dowagiac Transportation

Air transportation is available from the South Bend Regional Airport.

Dowagiac Higher Education

Southwestern Michigan College is located in the city of Dowagiac. The University of Notre Dame, Indiana University, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College are also close by.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,812
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens12.3%
Employed Population 16+2,188
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married34.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher7.7%
Median Earnings25+$27,683
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,118
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,777

Wealth

Median Family Income$38,476
% Above Poverty Level63.2%
% Below Poverty Level36.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.1%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone38.5%
Median Gross Rent$577
Median House Value$67,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)37.6%
German15.7%
Irish11.9%
Italian5.1%
English4.1%
Dutch3.9%
French Except Basque2.9%
Polish2.7%
Scottish1.5%
Canadian0.7%
Norwegian0.7%
Portuguese0.6%
Belgian0.6%
Welsh0.4%
Czech0.4%
Swedish0.4%
African0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Hungarian0.2%
Lithuanian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Arab0.1%
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Dowagiac Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cass County
Standard Zip Codes49047
Phone Area Codes269
Time Zone
Approximate Latitude41.98
Approximate Longitude-86.11

Dowagiac Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationDOWAGIAC 1 W
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp14 to 31 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip40 inches
StationEAU CLAIRE 4 NE
Distance7.6 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
StationTHREE RIVERS
Distance24.7 miles
Jan Temp13 to 30 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip37 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Berrien Springs1,465$53,125
Cassopolis1,730$41,875
Decatur1,932$48,833
Eau Claire727$46,250
Niles11,332$40,146
Vandalia432$36,667

Dowagiac Public Libraries

Dowagiac District Library
211 COMMERCIAL STREET
Dowagiac, Michigan
(269) 782-3826

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Dowagiac Hospitals

Borgess-lee Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
420 W High Street

Dowagiac Public Schools

Dowagiac Middle School
57072 Riverside Dr
ZIP: 49047
(269) 782-4440
Middle
Total Enrollment 505
Justus Gage Elementary School
301 Oak St
ZIP: 49047
(269) 782-4460
Primary
Total Enrollment 289
Kincheloe Elementary School
25121 Gage St
ZIP: 49047
(269) 782-4464
Primary
Total Enrollment 297
North Pointe Center
704 Orchard St
ZIP: 49047
(269) 782-7727
Other
Total Enrollment 69
Pathfinders Alternative Ed
501 North Paul St
ZIP: 49047
(269) 782-4471
High
Total Enrollment 72
Patrick Hamilton Elementary
614 Spruce St
ZIP: 49047
(269) 782-4450
Primary
Total Enrollment 287
Union High School
701 West Prairie Ronde St
ZIP: 49047
(269) 782-4428
High
Total Enrollment 630

Dowagiac Private Schools

Calvary Bible Academy
27032 Marcellus Hwy
ZIP: 49047
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 13
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