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Overview

Introduction to Sturgis, Michigan

Sturgis, Michigan, in St Joseph county, is 29 miles E of Elkhart, Indiana and 96 miles W of Toledo, Ohio.

Sturgis History

Judge John Sturgis visited the St. Joseph Valley area in the southern Michigan territory in 1827. He settled down in the region, and it was named in his honor. It was initially a town, but as the population grew in size, Sturgis was officially incorporated as a city in the year 1896.

Sturgis and nearby Attractions

  • Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
  • Menno-Hof
  • Elkhart County Historical Museum
  • Black Pine Animal Park
  • Oak Lawn Cemetery
  • Harmon Field

Things To Do In Sturgis

Visitors to Sturgis can take a trip to the home of author and nature photographer Gene Stratton-Porter, which is known as the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. Also nearby are other places of historical interest like the Mennonite-Amish visitor, the Midwest Museum of American Art and the Elkhart County Historical Museum. The Air Zoo, an aviation history museum, is also a popular tourist destination.

Sturgis Transportation

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

Sturgis Higher Education

For higher education, students can enroll at Western Michigan University, the Kalamazoo Valley Community College, or Kellogg Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,921
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens12.3%
Employed Population 16+4,421
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married46.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.6%
Median Earnings25+$28,972
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,570
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,054

Wealth

Median Family Income$41,809
% Above Poverty Level74.9%
% Below Poverty Level25.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone31.4%
Median Gross Rent$702
Median House Value$80,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)31.4%
English8.2%
Irish7.5%
Polish5.4%
French Except Basque3.7%
Dutch3%
Swedish1.9%
Italian1.9%
Scottish1.5%
Swiss1%
Norwegian0.6%
Lithuanian0.5%
Danishn0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
German0.4%
West Indian0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Greek0.3%
Russian0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Australian0.1%
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Sturgis Almanac

CategoryValue
County St. Joseph County
Standard Zip Codes49091
Phone Area Codes269
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude41.8
Approximate Longitude-85.42

Sturgis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLAGRANGE SEWAGE PLANT
Distance10.3 miles
Jan Temp14 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip36.7 inches
StationTHREE RIVERS
Distance14.4 miles
Jan Temp13 to 30 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip37 inches
StationCOLDWATER STATE SCHOOL
Distance24 miles
Jan Temp14 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 56 F
Jul Temp60 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 60 F
Annual Precip35.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bronson2,354$43,819
Burr Oak918$50,781
Centreville1,522$52,222
Colon1,161$58,274
Constantine1,925$44,167
White Pigeon1,530$46,250

Sturgis Public Libraries

Sturgis District Library
255 NORTH STREET
Sturgis, Michigan
(269) 659-7224

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Sturgis Hospitals

Sturgis Hospital
(Non-profit)
916 Myrtle Ave

Sturgis Public Schools

Congress School
421 East Congress St
ZIP: 49091
(269) 659-1565
Primary
Total Enrollment 229
Eastwood School
909 South Franks Ave
ZIP: 49091
(269) 659-1560
Primary
Total Enrollment 801
Nottawa Community School
26438 M 86
ZIP: 49091
(269) 467-7153
Primary
Total Enrollment 137
Sturgis High School
216 Vinewood Ave
ZIP: 49091
(269) 659-1515
High
Total Enrollment 939
Sturgis Middle School
1400 East Lafayette St
ZIP: 49091
(269) 659-1550
Middle
Total Enrollment 723
Sturgis Schools Adult Education Center
107 West West St
ZIP: 49091
(269) 659-1540
Other
Total Enrollment 115
Wall School
702 East Lafayette St
ZIP: 49091
(269) 659-1570
Primary
Total Enrollment 385
Wenzel School
403 East Park St
ZIP: 49091
(269) 659-1575
Primary
Total Enrollment 144

Sturgis Private Schools

Heartwood Renaissance Academy
705 E West St
ZIP: 49091
Secondary
Total Enrollment 3
Lake Area Christian School
63590 Borgert Rd
ZIP: 49091
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 39
Nottawa Christian School
26239 M 86
ZIP: 49091
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 22
St John's Lutheran School
1108 E Lafayette St
ZIP: 49091
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Sturgis Christian School
70031 S Lakeview St
ZIP: 49091
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 22
Trinity Lutheran School
406 S Lakeview Ave
ZIP: 49091
Elementary
Total Enrollment 84
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