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Overview

Introduction to Three Rivers, Michigan

Three Rivers, Michigan, in St Joseph county, is 24 miles S of Kalamazoo, Michigan (center to center) and 104 miles E of Chicago, Illinois.

Three Rivers History

The community of Three Rivers was named because of its' location at the confluence of the St. Joseph River, the Rocky River, and the Portage River. Jacob McInterfer, who arrived in 1828 and established his home, was followed by several other families. The village of "Lockport" was platted in 1836 and in the same year, Hon. John H. Bowman established the community of Three Rivers. In 1871, this city annexed Lockport. A Benedictine monastery of the Episcopal Church, known as the St. Gregory's Abbey, was established in Three Rivers in 1946.

Three Rivers and Nearby Attractions

  • Elkhart County Historical Museum
  • Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
  • Fort Custer Recreation Area
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center
  • Binder Park Zoo

Things To Do In Three Rivers

Three Rivers is close to numerous museums. The Elkhart County Historical Museum showcases artifacts of historic importance. The National New York Central Railroad Museum exhibits box cars, locomotives, a railroad post office, and a diner. The Midwest Museum of American Art features 19th and 20th century watercolors, photographs, sculptures, and paintings. Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, the Battle Creek Sanatarium, and W.K. Kellogg House are historic sites nearby. The 1,000-acre Kalamazoo Nature Center includes forests, wetlands, and prairies. At the Fort Custer Recreation Area, visitors can enjoy camping, boating, fishing, and hiking. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Black Pine Animal Park, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, and W.J. Beal Botanical Garden are other popular attractions in the area.

Three Rivers Transportation

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

Three Rivers Higher Education

Colleges close to Three Rivers are Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, and University of Notre Dame.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,743
Male Share of the Population49.9%
Female Share of the Population50.1%
Senior Citizens13.1%
Employed Population 16+3,170
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married42.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.5%
Median Earnings25+$27,372
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$10,519
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,484

Wealth

Median Family Income$47,631
% Above Poverty Level76.3%
% Below Poverty Level23.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone30.6%
Median Gross Rent$647
Median House Value$77,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25.2%
Irish12.4%
English9.6%
Polish5.4%
Dutch5.4%
French Except Basque3%
Swedish2.8%
Italian2.4%
Scottish1.8%
Finnish1.2%
African1.2%
Norwegian0.8%
Hungarian0.6%
Greek0.5%
Canadian0.4%
Czech0.3%
Danishn0.2%
Russian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Swiss0.1%
German0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
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Three Rivers Almanac

CategoryValue
County St. Joseph County
Standard Zip Codes49093
Phone Area Codes269
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude41.94
Approximate Longitude-85.63

Three Rivers Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationTHREE RIVERS
Distance0.7 miles
Jan Temp13 to 30 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip37 inches
StationPRAIRIE HEIGHTS
Distance31 miles
Jan Temp13 to 29 F
Apr Temp37 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip35.4 inches
StationEAU CLAIRE 4 NE
Distance32.1 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
Centreville1,522$52,222
Constantine1,925$44,167
Marcellus1,039$52,813
Mendon904$70,625
Schoolcraft1,431$66,827
White Pigeon1,530$46,250

Three Rivers Public Libraries

Three Rivers Public Library
920 WEST MICHIGAN AVENUE
Three Rivers, Michigan
(269) 273-8666

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Three Rivers Hospitals

Three Rivers Health
(Government - District/authority)
701 S Health Parkway

Three Rivers Public Schools

Andrews Elementary School
200 South Douglas Ave
ZIP: 49093
(269) 279-1140
Primary
Total Enrollment 319
Barrows Adult Education
416 Washington St
ZIP: 49093
(269) 279-9581
High
Total Enrollment 12
Norton Elementary School
59692 Al Jones Rd
ZIP: 49093
(269) 244-1144
Primary
Total Enrollment 302
Park Elementary School
53806 Wilbur Rd
ZIP: 49093
(269) 279-1143
Primary
Total Enrollment 383
Ruth Hoppin School
415 North Main St
ZIP: 49093
(269) 279-1142
Primary
Total Enrollment 322
Three Rivers High School
700 6th Ave
ZIP: 49093
(269) 279-1120
High
Total Enrollment 747
Three Rivers Middle School
1101 Jefferson St
ZIP: 49093
(269) 279-1130
Middle
Total Enrollment 591
West Michigan Virtual - Three Rivers
210 Enterprise Dr
ZIP: 49093
(616) 232-3322
High
Total Enrollment 30

Three Rivers Private Schools

Immaculate Conception School
601 S Douglas Ave
ZIP: 49093
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
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Historic Three Rivers

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Sheffield Car Co. (pattern shop) between 1890 and 1910

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Sheffield Car Co. (pattern shop) between 1890 and 1910

Detroit River scene (North Land) between 1900 and 1915

Sheffield Car Co. works (Three Rivers) between 1890 and 1910

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