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Overview

Introduction to South Haven, Michigan

South Haven, Michigan, in Van Buren county, is 35 miles W of Kalamazoo, Michigan (center to center) and 79 miles NE of Chicago, Illinois. It is part of the surrounding Kalamazoo - Battle Creek metro area.

South Haven History

In 1833, J. R. Monroe was granted a land patent along Lake Michigan’s shore by the U.S. government. The first permanent settlers arrived in the 1850s and the city of South Haven was founded in 1869. A sawmill was constructed around the same time, which led to the establishment of other buildings. In the early 1900s, the city of South Haven became a resort town and was often referred to as "The Catskills of the Midwest." The area is the Kal-Haven Trail’s western terminus, and is well-known among snowmobilers and bicyclists.

South Haven and Nearby Attractions

  • Michigan Maritime Museum
  • Saugatuck Dunes State Park
  • Holland Museum
  • Outdoor Discovery Center
  • Van Buren State Park

Things To Do In South Haven

Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum in South Haven is a national historic site that houses artifacts and documents about the life and times of Dr. Liberty Hyde Bailey, a famous horticulturist and botanist. Joyce Petter Gallery, which is not far from the city, has a large collection of art and paintings on display. Golfers may enjoy a game at the Glenn Shores Golf Course. Festivals celebrated by the community include, Icebreaker Festival during February, Harborfest in June, and the National Blueberry Festival in August. Museums nearby include Michigan Maritime Museum, Holland Museum, and Cappon House Museum.

South Haven Transportation

Flights are available from Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport.

South Haven Higher Education

Colleges near South Haven are Lake Michigan College, Western Michigan University, and Hope College.

Demographics

People

Total Population4,372
Male Share of the Population43.8%
Female Share of the Population56.2%
Senior Citizens27%
Employed Population 16+1,859
Age of the Population56

Families

% of people married52.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.8%
Median Earnings25+$30,720
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$9,013
Median Earnings With High School Degree$16,429

Wealth

Median Family Income$65,281
% Above Poverty Level85.8%
% Below Poverty Level14.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.9%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone43.6%
Median Gross Rent$581
Median House Value$175,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19%
German17.6%
Irish12.9%
English10.6%
Dutch6.5%
Polish6.3%
French Except Basque6.2%
Italian4.3%
Norwegian4.1%
Scottish2.6%
Danishn1.6%
African1.3%
Swedish1.3%
Slovak1.1%
Czech1.1%
Canadian0.8%
Finnish0.8%
Austrian0.8%
Russian0.5%
Serbian0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Australian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
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South Haven Almanac

CategoryValue
County Van Buren County
Standard Zip Codes49090
Phone Area Codes269
Time Zone
Approximate Latitude42.4
Approximate Longitude-86.27

South Haven Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSOUTH HAVEN
Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp20 to 32 F
Apr Temp39 to 55 F
Jul Temp64 to 78 F
Oct Temp46 to 61 F
Annual Precip35.1 inches
StationBENTON HARBOR AP
Distance20 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
Distance26.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bangor2,027$39,917
Bloomingdale681$42,727
Breedsville194$25,893
Coloma1,672$56,667
Hartford2,624$37,143
Watervliet1,834$58,365

South Haven Public Libraries

South Haven Memorial Library
314 BROADWAY STREET
South Haven, Michigan
(269) 637-2403

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South Haven Hospitals

South Haven Health System
(Government - District/authority)
955 S Bailey Ave

South Haven Public Schools

Baseline Middle School
7357 Baseline Rd
ZIP: 49090
(269) 637-0530
Middle
Total Enrollment 505
Career And Early College Academy
125 Veterans Dr
ZIP: 49090
(269) 637-0521
Other
Total Enrollment 77
Lincoln School
500 Elkenburg St
ZIP: 49090
(269) 637-0500
Primary
Total Enrollment 286
Maple Grove Elementary School
72399 12th Ave
ZIP: 49090
(269) 637-0500
Primary
Total Enrollment 338
North Shore Elementary
7320 North Shore Dr
ZIP: 49090
(269) 637-0500
Primary
Total Enrollment 320
South Haven High School
600 Elkenburg St
ZIP: 49090
(269) 637-0500
High
Total Enrollment 625

South Haven Private Schools

St Basil School
94 Superior St
ZIP: 49090
Elementary
Total Enrollment 49
St Paul Lutheran School
718 Arbor Ct
ZIP: 49090
Elementary
Total Enrollment 44
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Historic South Haven

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Avery Beach Hotel between 1890 and 1901

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Avery Beach Hotel between 1890 and 1901

Black River between 1900 and 1905

The Kaiser cottage between 1900 and 1905

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