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Population in 2012: 10,040 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: -10.2%
 

Males: 4,733  (47.1%)
Females: 5,307  (52.9%)

Median resident age:  28.3 years
Michigan median age:  40.9 years

Zip codes: 49022, 49085.

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Estimated median household income in 2012: $17,788 (it was $17,471 in 2000)
Benton Harbor:

$17,788
MI:

$46,859
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $9,520

Benton Harbor city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $50,228 (it was $38,700 in 2000)
Benton Harbor:

$50,228
MI:

$115,700
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $64,105; Detached houses: $63,143; Townhouses or other attached units: $48,544; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $261,388; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $79,972; Mobile homes: $30,642

Median gross rent in 2012: $544.

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  • Black alone - 8,899 (88.7%)
  • White alone - 641 (6.4%)
  • Two or more races - 226 (2.3%)
  • Hispanic - 220 (2.2%)
  • American Indian alone - 30 (0.3%)
  • Other race alone - 12 (0.1%)
  • Asian alone - 6 (0.06%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 4 (0.04%)

Races in Benton Harbor detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Benton Harbor: 82.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Ancestries: German (5.1%), United States (1.7%), Italian (1.0%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 590 feet

Land area: 4.39 square miles.

Population density: 2,286 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

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For population 25 years and over in Benton Harbor:

  • High school or higher: 69.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 5.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.8%
  • Unemployed: 31.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Benton Harbor city:

  • Never married: 55.2%
  • Now married: 20.7%
  • Separated: 4.9%
  • Widowed: 7.0%
  • Divorced: 12.2%

78 residents are foreign born

This city:  0.8%
Michigan:  6.1%



According to our research of Michigan and other state lists there were 117 registered sex offenders living in Benton Harbor, Michigan as of September 30, 2013.
The ratio of number of residents in Benton Harbor to the number of sex offenders is 86 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $950 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $687 (1.5%)

Benton Harbor satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: South Bend, IN (31.9 miles , pop. 107,789).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Chicago, IL (66.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Benton Heights, MI (1.3 miles ), Fair Plain, MI (1.3 miles ), St. Joseph, MI (1.4 miles ), Shoreham, MI (2.2 miles ), Stevensville, MI (2.8 miles ), Lake Michigan Beach, MI (2.9 miles ), Coloma, MI (3.0 miles ), Watervliet, MI (3.3 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 4 buildings, average cost: $31,200
  • 1998: 0 buildings
  • 1999: 2 buildings, average cost: $70,800
  • 2000: 3 buildings, average cost: $74,300
  • 2001: 7 buildings, average cost: $153,400
  • 2002: 0 buildings
  • 2003: 0 buildings
  • 2004: 14 buildings, average cost: $55,300
  • 2005: 25 buildings, average cost: $81,600
  • 2006: 82 buildings, average cost: $95,100
  • 2007: 44 buildings, average cost: $185,200
  • 2008: 4 buildings, average cost: $360,000
  • 2009: 0 buildings
  • 2010: 22 buildings, average cost: $123,900
  • 2011: 9 buildings, average cost: $164,100
  • 2012: 12 buildings, average cost: $154,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 42.11 N, Longitude: 86.45 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,079 (+20.6%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 586 (21.9%)

Area code: 269

Benton Harbor household income distribution Benton Harbor home values distribution


 

Crime rates in Benton Harbor by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2012
Murders 06123020001
per 100,000 0.053.48.818.027.20.018.70.00.00.09.9
Rapes 251217141913969814
per 100,000 211.7106.8150.3126.3172.0119.783.956.884.374.3139.2
Robberies 1218322837101028201553
per 100,000 101.6160.1283.0252.6335.092.193.3265.0187.3139.4527.2
Assaults 18625425327727221515310391112168
per 100,000 1575.22259.62237.42499.12462.41979.71427.0974.7852.31040.91671.0
Burglaries 20229024923930513713613584109396
per 100,000 1710.72579.82202.02156.32761.21261.51268.41277.6786.71013.03938.7
Thefts 217313364344411213209126140127439
per 100,000 1837.72784.43219.03103.63720.81961.31949.31192.41311.21180.34366.4
Auto thefts 6287779183453924261129
per 100,000 525.1774.0680.9821.0751.4414.4363.7227.1243.5102.2288.4
Arson 191915196241548
per 100,000 160.9169.0132.6171.454.318.437.39.546.837.279.6
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 308.0) 704.3982.0946.1989.11114.5675.3576.2446.1395.3409.11030.0

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Benton Harbor detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 17 (16 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.59
Michigan average:

1.74

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Benton Harbor, Michigan accommodation, waste management, arts - Economy and Business Data

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

9.8%
Michigan:

9.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: -1,661 (-12.9%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (26%)
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (10%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (32%)
  • Retail trade (19%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (12%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (9%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (7%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Material moving workers except supervisors and laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Cashiers (10%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Child care workers (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (4%)

Work and jobs in Benton Harbor: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Benton Harbor, Michigan

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Tornado activity:

Benton Harbor-area historical tornado activity is above Michigan state average. It is 86% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1956, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 40.4 miles away from the Benton Harbor city center killed 18 people and injured 340 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 5/13/1980, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 13.9 miles away from the city center injured 15 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Berrien County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Benton Harbor topographic map

Birthplace of: Sinbad (entertainer) - Actor, Bud Mahurin - World War II flying ace, Arte Johnson - Actor, Chet Walker - Basketball player, Ernie Hudson - Actor and Marine, Gene Harris - Musician, Iris Kyle - Bodybuilder, Julie Krone - Jockey, Niki Haris - Female singer, Quentin Sickels - Football player.

Main business address for: WHIRLPOOL CORP /DE/ (HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES).


Hospitals/medical centers in Benton Harbor:

  • LAKELAND HOMECARE (Home Health Center, 2550 MEADOWBROOK ROAD, SUITE 110)
  • ORCHARD GROVE EXTENDED CARE CE (Nursing Home, 1385 E EMPIRE AVE)

Other hospitals/medical centers near Benton Harbor:

  • LAKELAND HOSPITAL, ST JOSEPH (Hospital, Acute Care Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, about 3 miles away; ST JOSEPH, MI)
  • HAPPY HOME CARE INC (Home Health Center, about 3 miles away; SAINT JOE, MI)
  • AVONDALE HOME CARE, INC (Home Health Center, about 3 miles away; SAINT JOE, MI)

Political contributions by individuals in Benton Harbor, MI

Airports located in Benton Harbor:

Amtrak stations near Benton Harbor:

  • 3 miles: ST. JOSEPH/BENTON HARBOR (ST. JOSEPH, 410 VINE ST.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public payphones, full-service food facilities, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service.
  • 20 miles: DOWAGIAC (100 RAILROAD DR.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service.

Operable nuclear power plants near Benton Harbor:

  • 14 miles: Donald C. Cook 1 and 2 in Bridgman, MI.

College/University in Benton Harbor:

  • Lake Michigan College (Full-time enrollment: 1,616; Location: 2755 E Napier Avenue; Public; Website: www.lakemichigancollege.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Benton Harbor:

  • Andrews University (about 12 miles; Berrien Springs, MI; Full-time enrollment: 2,408)
  • University of Notre Dame (about 31 miles; Notre Dame, IN; FT enrollment: 11,690)
  • Ivy Tech Community College-Northcentral (about 33 miles; South Bend, IN; FT enrollment: 2,931)
  • Indiana University-South Bend (about 33 miles; South Bend, IN; FT enrollment: 4,535)
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College (about 40 miles; Kalamazoo, MI; FT enrollment: 5,240)
  • Purdue University-North Central Campus (about 43 miles; Westville, IN; FT enrollment: 2,761)
  • Western Michigan University (about 45 miles; Kalamazoo, MI; FT enrollment: 18,067)

Public high schools in Benton Harbor:

Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Benton Harbor:

Private elementary/middle school in Benton Harbor:

  • BROOKVIEW SCHOOL (Students: 179; Location: 501 ZOLLAR DR; Grades: PK - 8)
See full list of schools located in Benton Harbor, map of school districts: BENTON HARBOR AREA SCHOOLS

Library in Benton Harbor:

  • BENTON HARBOR PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $811,102; Location: 213 EAST WALL STREET; 106,403 books; 2,453 audio materials; 4,751 video materials; 238 print serial subscriptions)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • WVBH-LP FM Radio Station owned by The Flats Economic Development Corporation

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Notable locations in Benton Harbor: LaSalle Landing (A), Morton House Museum (B), Benton Harbor Public Library (C), Benton Harbor City Fire Department (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Benton Harbor include: Pentecostal Deliverance Tabernacle Church (A), Bread of Life Missionary Baptist Church (B), Full Gospel Tabernacle Church (C), Saint Peters Missionary Baptist Church (D), Saint Matthews Lutheran Church (E), Zion Temple Church of God in Christ (F), Watts Memorial Church of God (G), Tabernacle Church of God (H), Golden Light Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Morton Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Rivers and creeks: Paw Paw River (A), Ox Creek (B), Sand Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Benton Harbor include: Union Park (1), Riverview Park (2), Broadway Park (3), Pipestone Park (4), Seitz Park (5), Cass Park (6), Hull Park (7), The Fruit Belt Historical Marker (8), The Morton House Historical Marker (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Sarett Nature Center (Nature Centers; 2300 North Benton Center Road), Effects Visual (426 Dale Avenue).

Hotels: Benton Harbor Super 8 Motel (1950 East Napier Avenue), Best Value Inn & Suites (2860 M 139), Captain's Quarters Inn (655 Riverview Drive), Best Western (1598 Mall Drive), Comfort Inn Benton Harbor (1598 Mall Dr), Best Western Twin City Inn (1598 Mall Drive), Comfort Suites Benton Harbor (1825 Meadowbrook), Courtyard Benton Harbor (1592 Mall Dr).

 
Berrien County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Air pollution and air quality trends
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AQI  PM2.5

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 29.6. This is about average.
City:

29.6
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.07. This is about average. Closest monitor was 9.3 miles away from the city center.
City:

9.07
U.S.:

9.59

Drinking water stations with addresses in Benton Harbor and their reported violations in the past:

BENTON HARBOR (Population served: 13918, Surface_water):
Past health violations:
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR) - In JUL-2002. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-01-2002), St Public Notif requested (JUL-10-2002), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-10-2002), St Public Notif received (AUG-05-2002)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Treatment Technique Exceeds Turb 1 NTU - In JUL-2003, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-10-2003), St Public Notif requested (JUL-14-2003), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-14-2003), St Public Notif received (AUG-11-2003)
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-01-2001 and JUL-11-2001, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-11-2001)
BENTON TOWNSHIP (Population served: 3878, Purch_surface_water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-01-2001 and JUL-12-2001, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-12-2001)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - Between JAN-1994 and DEC-1993, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (DEC-31-1993)
SAINT BERNARD'S CHURCH (Population served: 600, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
SARETT NATURE CENTER (Population served: 500, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation
REFRESHING FOUNTAINS MINISTRIE (Population served: 300, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 4 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HALL (Population served: 286, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JAN-2001 and MAR-2001, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (MAR-01-2001), St Tech Assistance Visit (MAR-08-2001), St Compliance achieved (APR-25-2001)
LAKE MICH HILLS GOLF CLUB (Population served: 200, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
RIVER PARK BENTON TWP (Population served: 150, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Benton Harbor that have no violations reported:

  • HIGHLAND AVE 7TH DAY ADVENTIST (Population served: 250, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • POINT OWOODS GOLF COUNTRY CLUB (Population served: 200, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • RIVERSIDE UNITED METHODIST (Population served: 120, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • KURT WEBER-AG LABOR (Population served: 45, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • HANSON COLD STORAGE CO (Population served: 40, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 48.5%
(37.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 48.8% for Black residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 59.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.8 people
Michigan:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  65.8%
Whole state:  66.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  8.7%
Whole state:  6.4%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Benton Harbor, MI

People in group quarters in Benton Harbor in 2010:

  • 94 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 82 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 46 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 3 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Benton Harbor in 2000:

  • 133 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 63 people in halfway houses
  • 29 people in other group homes
  • 4 people in other nonhousehold living situations

Benton Harbor compared to Michigan state average:

Benton Harbor, Michigan environmental map by EPA

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  • Median household income significantly below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.


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Banks with branches in Benton Harbor (2011 data):

  • Chemical Bank: Orchards Mall Branch, Fairplain Branch, Riverview Office. Info updated 2010/07/30: Bank assets: $5,331.9 mil, Deposits: $4,367.1 mil, headquarters in Midland, MI, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 146 total offices, Holding Company: Chemical Financial Corporation
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association: Fairplain Plaza Branch at 1088 East Napier Avenue, branch established on 1958/06/18; Riverview Branch at 400 Riverview Drive, branch established on 1933/11/17. Info updated 2011/11/10: Bank assets: $1,811,678.0 mil, Deposits: $1,190,738.0 mil, headquarters in Columbus, OH, positive income, International Specialization, 5577 total offices, Holding Company: Jpmorgan Chase & Co.
  • Bank of America, National Association: Fairplain Branch at 1803 M-139 South, branch established on 1979/01/24. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • Fifth Third Bank: Napier Banking Center at 1295 East Napier Avenue, branch established on 1977/11/07. Info updated 2009/10/05: Bank assets: $114,540.4 mil, Deposits: $89,689.1 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1378 total offices, Holding Company: Fifth Third Bancorp
  • Horizon Bank, National Association: Benton Harbor Branch at 1041 East Napier Avenue, branch established on 2007/04/23. Info updated 2010/06/29: Bank assets: $1,546.9 mil, Deposits: $1,018.1 mil, headquarters in Michigan City, IN, positive income, 27 total offices, Holding Company: Horizon Bancorp

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Benton Harbor, Michigan:

  • Rodeway Inn, 2699 M-139, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 , Phone: (269) 925-7021, Fax: (269) 925-7115
  • Motel 6 - Benton Harbor, 2063 Pipestone, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 , Phone: (269) 925-5100, Fax: (269) 934-8404
  • Benton Harbor Super 8 Motel, 1950 E Hapier Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 , Phone: (269) 926-1371
  • Super 8 Motel Benton Harbor, 1950 E Napier Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 , Phone: (269) 926-1371, Fax: (269) 926-1371
  • Courtyard By Marriott, 1592 Mall Dr, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 , Phone: (269) 925-3000, Fax: (269) 925-8796
  • Red Roof Inn, 1630 Mall Dr, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 , Phone: (269) 927-2484, Fax: (269) 927-1805
  • Comfort Inn - Benton Harbor, 1598 Mall Dr, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 , Phone: (269) 925-1880, Fax: (269) 925-1880
  • Howard Johnson, 798 Ferguson Dr, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 , Phone: (269) 927-1172, Fax: (269) 927-1198
  • 2 other hotels and motels
All 10 fire-safe hotels and motels in Benton Harbor, Michigan

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Benton Harbor travel time to work - commute


Benton Harbor mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (80%)
  • Electricity (18%)
  • No fuel used (1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1%)

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Religion statistics for Benton Harbor city (based on Berrien County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 46.89%
Here46.9%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLutheran ChurchSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Adherents33.3%11.8%11.7%6.8%5.5%
Congregations6.5%5.4%9.1%12.9%3.2%
NameUnited Church of ChristAssemblies of GodEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaChurch of God (Anderson, Indiana)Other
Adherents4.1%2.4%2.3%2.0%20.1%
Congregations7.0%2.7%2.7%3.8%46.8%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 41
Berrien County:

2.57 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 22
This county:

1.38 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 48
Berrien County:

3.01 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 155
This county:

9.73 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Berrien County:

10.6%
Michigan:

9.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Berrien County:

29.1%
State:

29.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.9%
State:

13.4%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 11$40,491$44,1720$0
Other Government Administration 3$9,121$36,4840$0
Judicial and Legal 6$21,544$43,0880$0
Police Protection - Officers 21$128,291$73,3096$11,441
Police - Other 2$5,164$30,9840$0
Firefighters 19$70,859$44,75310$10,802
Solid Waste Management 4$14,800$44,4000$0
Sewerage 16$59,792$44,8442$2,657
Parks and Recreation 0$0 1$1,034
Housing and Community Development(Local) 12$38,457$38,4571$1,160
Water Supply 1$2,823$33,8760$0
Local Libraries 0$0 4$2,177
Other and Unallocable 0$0 5$5,394
Totals for Government 95$391,342$49,43329$34,665


4.62% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($38,999 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.62%
Michigan average:

5.24%

0.12% of residents moved from foreign countries ($663 average AGI)
Berrien County:

0.12%
Michigan average:

0.10%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from St. Joseph County, IN  0.50% ($33,965 average AGI)
from Cass County, MI  0.40% ($26,393)
from Van Buren County, MI  0.35% ($29,186)


5.57% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($38,455 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.57%
Michigan average:

5.98%

0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($275 average AGI)
Berrien County:

0.05%
Michigan average:

0.05%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to St. Joseph County, IN  0.59% ($31,690 average AGI)
to Van Buren County, MI  0.38% ($25,498)
to Cass County, MI  0.32% ($36,899)

Strongest AM radio stations in Benton Harbor:

  • WHFB (1060 AM; 5 kW; BENTON HARBOR-ST. JO, MI; Owner: WHFB B/CST ASSOCIATES LTD PARTNERSHP)
  • WSJM (1400 AM; 1 kW; ST. JOSEPH, MI; Owner: WSJM, INC.)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WBBM (780 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WLS (890 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLS, INC.)
  • WMVP (1000 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WHLY (1580 AM; 10 kW; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: TIMES COMMUNICATIONS INC.)
  • WYLL (1160 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: SCA LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WDND (1620 AM; 10 kW; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: ARTISTIC MEDIA PARTNERS, INC.)
  • WISN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WOWO (1190 AM; 50 kW; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: PATHFINDER COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Benton Harbor:

  • WHFB-FM (99.9 FM; BENTON HARBOR, MI; Owner: WHFB BROADCAST ASSOCIATES L P)
  • WIRX (107.1 FM; ST. JOSEPH, MI; Owner: WSJM, INC.)
  • WCNF (94.9 FM; BENTON HARBOR, MI; Owner: WSJM, INC.)
  • W216BX (91.1 FM; BENTON HARBOR, MI; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WYTZ (97.5 FM; BRIDGMAN, MI; Owner: WSJM INC)
  • WAUS (90.7 FM; BERRIEN SPRINGS, MI; Owner: ANDREWS BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • W210BB (89.9 FM; BENTON HARBOR, MI; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC.)
  • WCSY-FM (98.3 FM; SOUTH HAVEN, MI; Owner: WSJM INC)
  • WNSN (101.5 FM; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: WSBT, INC.)
  • WZBL (103.7 FM; HARTFORD, MI; Owner: WSJM INC)
  • WBYT (100.7 FM; ELKHART, IN; Owner: PATHFINDER COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WSMK (99.1 FM; BUCHANAN, MI; Owner: MARION R. WILLIAMS)
  • WNDV-FM (92.9 FM; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: ARTISTIC MEDIA PARTNERS, INC.)
  • WWLV (102.3 FM; NEW CARLISLE, IN; Owner: ARTISTIC MEDIA PARTNERS, INC.)
  • WDOW-FM (92.1 FM; DOWAGIAC, MI; Owner: JASON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Benton Harbor:

  • WRDY-LP (Channel 69; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: WEIGEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WYGN-LP (Channel 12; BERRIEN SPRINGS, MI; Owner: GOOD NEWS TELEVISION)
  • WBND-LP (Channel 57; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: WBND-TV LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSJV (Channel 28; ELKHART, IN; Owner: WSJV TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WGBO-TV (Channel 66; JOLIET, IL; Owner: WGBO LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.)
  • WMWB-LP (Channel 25; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: WMWB-TV LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSBT-TV (Channel 22; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: WSBT, INC.)
  • WNIT (Channel 34; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: MICHIANA PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNDU-TV (Channel 16; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: MICHIANA TELECASTING CORP.)
  • WHME-TV (Channel 46; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: LESEA BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)


See more detailed statistics of Benton Harbor fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here


National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 12
Total length: 53 meters (174ft)
Total costs: $177,000
Total average daily traffic: 63,804
Total average daily truck traffic: 2,392
Total future (year 2010) average daily traffic: 78,601

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 1930-1939: 1
  • 1940-1949: 1
  • 1950-1959: 3
  • 1960-1969: 0
  • 1970-1979: 1
  • 1980-1989: 2
  • 1990-1999: 0
  • 2000-2009: 4
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Benton Harbor, MI

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Benton Harbor)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 82 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Benton Harbor, MI)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 20 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 15 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 69 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Benton Harbor)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 19 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Benton Harbor)


Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 4 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED10$63,4251$16,72016$102,7049$33,9699$104,3770$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$00$05$75,7781$9,8402$18,1950$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$69,7807$32,78317$88,24625$15,0726$24,4952$66,135
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN2$31,6801$38,7609$57,3144$43,9582$35,9000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$03$118,5305$17,9800$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0003.00 , 0004.00, 0005.00, 0006.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2008
(Based on 4 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED5$43,5501$292,6703$35,787
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED6$64,3554$66,3786$42,982
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$33,9200$01$33,920
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$01$36,0001$36,000

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0003.00 , 0004.00, 0005.00, 0006.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 299
  • Hazardous Condition: 150
  • Service Call: 37
  • Good Intent Call: 9

Incident types - Benton Harbor


See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Benton Harbor, MI

Most common first names in Benton Harbor, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John30773.6 years
William27973.1 years
James26168.5 years
Mary25476.9 years
Robert24968.4 years
Charles16170.4 years
Willie14470.3 years
George13873.4 years
Edward11274.4 years
Frank10874.5 years
Most common last names in Benton Harbor, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith19773.3 years
Johnson16171.9 years
Williams15269.9 years
Jones12069.5 years
Brown10671.1 years
Davis7567.9 years
Thomas7470.7 years
Miller6475.6 years
Robinson6369.8 years
Taylor6371.0 years
Businesses in Benton Harbor, MI
NameCountNameCount
AMF Bowling1Marriott1
AT&T1MasterBrand Cabinets2
Applebee's1McDonald's1
AutoZone1Meijer1
Bath & Body Works1Motel 61
Burger King2Nike6
Carson Pirie Scott1Office Depot1
Comfort Suites1Old Navy1
Dairy Queen1Payless1
Days Inn1PetSmart1
Deb1Pier 1 Imports1
Discount Tire1Pizza Hut1
Domino's Pizza1Popeyes1
FedEx5RadioShack1
Finish Line1Red Roof Inn1
GNC1Rite Aid1
GameStop1Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Goodwill1Sprint Nextel1
H&R Block1Staples1
Holiday Inn1Steak 'n Shake1
Home Depot1Subway2
IHOP1T-Mobile2
JCPenney1T.J.Maxx1
Jimmy Jazz1Taco Bell1
Jimmy John's1Target1
Jones New York1U-Haul1
KFC1UPS6
Knights Inn1Vans1
Kohl's1Walgreens1
Lane Furniture2Walmart1
Little Caesars Pizza1Wendy's2
Lowe's1
Browse common businesses in Benton Harbor, MI


Benton Harbor on our top lists:

  • #86 on the list of "Top 100 cities with old houses but young residents (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #86 (49022) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of African first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving out compared to moving in (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (8-hour) air pollution readings in 2005 (ppm)"
Cost of Living Calculator
Top Patent Applicants
Top Patent Applicants
  • Whirlpool Corporation (37)
  • Douglas D. Leclear (35)
  • Joel Adam Luckman (19)
  • Joel A. Luckman (18)
  • Lukasz D. Skalski (18)
  • Kaustav Ghosh (18)
  • Dennis L. Kehl (14)
  • Antony M. Rappette (11)
  • Arren J. Mccormick (11)
  • Sathish Andrea Sundaram (11)

Total of 277 patent applications in 2008-2014.

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