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Overview

Introduction to Niles, Michigan

Niles, Michigan, in Berrien county, is 11 miles N of South Bend, Indiana and 72 miles E of Chicago, Illinois. It is part of the surrounding Benton Harbor metro area.

Niles History

The area that makes up Niles was once occupied by four separate nations. Spain, France, England and the United States have all flown their flags over this city. Niles was once the trading area for the regions. It used to serve as the intersection for major railroads, and was known as the "Gateway of Commerce and Settlement" for the American West.

Niles and nearby Attractions

  • Birkholm Park
  • Plym Park
  • Eagle St. Park
  • Tot Park
  • Eastside Park
  • Saathoff Park

Things To Do In Niles

The city is full of open spaces and lovely parks where one can relax with family and friends. The parks also feature playgrounds where you can enjoy a variety of sports like baseball, volleyball and football.

Niles Transportation

Air transportation is available from Battle Creek International Airport.

Niles Higher Education

The colleges and universities that are situated close to the city are University of Notre Dame, Indiana University-South Bend, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Andrews University.

People

Total Population 11,450
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 16.2%
Employed Population 16+ 4,234
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 42.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.8%
Median Earnings25+ $28,718
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,420
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,132

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,964
% Above Poverty Level 71.9%
% Below Poverty Level 28.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.1%
Median Gross Rent $622
Median House Value $78,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.9%
US/American 0%
English 8.5%
Irish 14.7%

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

Niles Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles N of South Bend, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 72 miles E of Chicago, Illinois
County Berrien
Metro Area Benton Harbor
Standard Zip Codes 49120
Company Zip Codes 49121
Phone Area Codes 269
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.829
Longitude -86.254

Niles 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 SOUTH BEND RGNL AP
Distance 9.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 39.7 inches
Station EAU CLAIRE 4 NE
Distance 12.9 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
Station THREE RIVERS
Distance 32.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berrien Springs 1,318 $46,094
Buchanan 4,401 $57,826
Dowagiac 5,866 $32,875
Eau Claire 602 $39,643
Edwardsburg 1,161 $39,605
Galien 562 $46,912

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

Niles Public Libraries

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Niles Community Library
620 EAST MAIN STREET
Niles, Michigan
(269) 683-8545
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Niles High Schools

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NILES SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1441 EAGLE STREET
269-683-2894
Serves 1,025 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

BRANDYWINE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1700 BELL ROAD
269-683-4800
Serves 427 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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