Dowagiac, Michigan

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Population in 2017: 5,754 (99% urban, 1% rural).
Population change since 2000: -6.4%
 
Males: 2,871  (49.9%)
Females: 2,883  (50.1%)
Median resident age:

30.1 years
Michigan median age:

39.8 years

Zip codes: 49047.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $36,788 (it was $29,926 in 2000)
Dowagiac:

$36,788
MI:

$54,909

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $22,911 (it was $16,659 in 2000)

Dowagiac city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $89,637 (it was $63,500 in 2000)
Dowagiac:

$89,637
MI:

$155,700

Median gross rent in 2017: $607.

March 2019 cost of living index in Dowagiac: 79.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 42.1%
(22.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 67.9% for Black residents, 82.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 31.5% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 85.1% for other race residents, 71.0% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Dowagiac, MI (2017)
    • 3,43858.3%White alone
    • 85614.5%Black alone
    • 82614.0%Hispanic
    • 5699.7%Two or more races
    • 2123.6%American Indian alone
    • 250.4%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 200.3%Asian alone

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



According to our research of Michigan and other state lists, there were 89 registered sex offenders living in Dowagiac, Michigan as of June 06, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Dowagiac is 66 to 1.


Crime rates in Dowagiac by year

Type

2007

2009

Murders
(per 100,000)
1
(16.9)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
5
(84.6)
4
(70.5)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
9
(152.2)
2
(35.3)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
28
(473.5)
14
(246.9)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
41
(693.4)
32
(564.4)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
240
(4,059)
253
(4,462)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
12
(202.9)
10
(176.4)
Arson
(per 100,000)
1
(16.9)
2
(35.3)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)469.0348.5

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 15 (14 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.44
Michigan average:

1.66
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Ancestries: German (10.9%), Irish (5.8%), English (5.0%), American (3.7%), Canadian (3.5%), Polish (3.3%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 772 feet

Land area: 4.02 square miles.

Population density: 1,433 people per square mile   (low).

Dowagiac, Michigan map

77 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.3%
Michigan:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,417 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,174 (1.5%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Elkhart, IN (22.0 miles , pop. 51,874).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Fort Wayne, IN (80.7 miles , pop. 205,727).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (81.5 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Cassopolis, MI (2.7 miles ),
Eau Claire, MI (3.1 miles ),
Vandalia, MI (3.3 miles ),
Decatur, MI (3.3 miles ),
Berrien Springs, MI (3.5 miles ),
Niles, MI (3.6 miles ),
Edwardsburg, MI (3.6 miles ),
Marcellus, MI (3.9 miles )

Latitude: 41.98 N, Longitude: 86.11 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +676 (+11.5%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 644 (31.8%)

Area code: 269

Distribution of median household income in Dowagiac, MI in 2017
Distribution of house value in Dowagiac, MI in 2017
Dowagiac satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 8 buildings, average cost: $49,800
  • 1998: 9 buildings, average cost: $62,000
  • 1999: 10 buildings, average cost: $67,000
  • 2000: 14 buildings, average cost: $82,400
  • 2001: 13 buildings, average cost: $66,100
  • 2002: 6 buildings, average cost: $89,900
  • 2003: 11 buildings, average cost: $106,000
  • 2004: 6 buildings, average cost: $75,100
  • 2005: 4 buildings, average cost: $71,000
  • 2006: 1 building, cost: $122,500
  • 2007: 3 buildings, average cost: $185,000
  • 2008: 4 buildings, average cost: $165,500
  • 2010: 2 buildings, average cost: $70,500
  • 2011: 3 buildings, average cost: $74,000
  • 2013: 1 building, cost: $163,000
  • 2014: 1 building, cost: $44,000
  • 2015: 1 building, cost: $268,000
  • 2017: 1 building, cost: $291,200
Number of permits per 10,000 Dowagiac, MI residents
Average permit cost in Dowagiac, MI
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.6%
Michigan:

4.4%
Historical population in Dowagiac, MI
Historical housing units in Dowagiac, MI
Most common industries in Dowagiac, MI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (11.7%)
  • Transportation equipment (8.8%)
  • Metal & metal products (7.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.9%)
  • Educational services (6.8%)
  • Construction (4.6%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Transportation equipment (10.0%)
  • Metal & metal products (9.7%)
  • Construction (7.3%)
  • Educational services (6.9%)
  • Machinery (5.7%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (5.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.7%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (20.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.3%)
  • Transportation equipment (7.5%)
  • Educational services (6.7%)
  • Social assistance (5.5%)
  • Public administration (5.5%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.9%)
Most common occupations in Dowagiac, MI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.0%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5.9%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.9%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (3.9%)
  • Cashiers (3.8%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.0%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (8.5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (6.7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.3%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.7%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.1%)
  • Cashiers (7.8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.9%)
  • Child care workers (5.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.0%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (4.2%)

Average climate in Dowagiac, Michigan

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI NO2 Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 79.3. This is about average.

City:

79.3
U.S.:

74.2
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 9.67. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 19.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.67
U.S.:

5.56
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 29.0. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

29.0
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 9.01. This is about average. Closest monitor was 18.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.01
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Dowagiac-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Michigan state average. It is 39% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/11/1965, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 27.7 miles away from the Dowagiac city center killed 31 people and injured 252 people.

On 4/11/1965, a category F4 tornado 28.4 miles away from the city center killed 36 people and injured 321 people.

Earthquake activity:

Dowagiac-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Michigan state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 261.7 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 238.0 miles away from Dowagiac center
On 7/12/1986 at 08:19:37, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 134.8 miles away from the city center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 285.4 miles away from Dowagiac center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 256.5 miles away from Dowagiac center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 296.7 miles away from Dowagiac center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Cass County (7) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 2, Snowstorms: 2, Storms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Dowagiac topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Dowagiac:

  • BORGESS-LEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 420 W HIGH STREET)
  • DOWAGIAC NURSING HOME (610 UNETA STREET)
  • THE TIMBERS OF CASS COUNTY (55432 COLBY ST)

Airports and heliports located in Dowagiac:

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Amtrak station:

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.

College/University in Dowagiac:

  • Southwestern Michigan College (Full-time enrollment: 1,834; Location: 58900 Cherry Grove Rd; Public; Website: www.swmich.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Dowagiac:

  • Andrews University (about 13 miles; Berrien Springs, MI; Full-time enrollment: 3,103)
  • Lake Michigan College (about 17 miles; Benton Harbor, MI; FT enrollment: 2,341)
  • University of Notre Dame (about 21 miles; Notre Dame, IN; FT enrollment: 12,214)
  • Indiana University-South Bend (about 23 miles; South Bend, IN; FT enrollment: 5,563)
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College (about 28 miles; Kalamazoo, MI; FT enrollment: 7,369)
  • Western Michigan University (about 33 miles; Kalamazoo, MI; FT enrollment: 20,840)
  • Purdue University-North Central Campus (about 50 miles; Westville, IN; FT enrollment: 3,682)

Public high schools in Dowagiac:

  • UNION HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 694, Location: 701 WEST PRAIRIE RONDE ST, Grades: 9-12)
  • PATHFINDERS ALTERNATIVE ED (Location: 501 NORTH PAUL ST, Grades: 7-12)
  • NORTH POINTE CENTER (Location: 704 ORCHARD ST, Grades: KG-12)

Private high school in Dowagiac:

  • CALVARY BIBLE ACADEMY (Students: 13, Location: 27032 MARCELLUS HWY, Grades: 1-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Dowagiac:

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Library in Dowagiac:

  • DOWAGIAC DISTRICT LIBRARY (Operating income: $399,099; Location: 211 COMMERCIAL STREET; 37,995 books; 1,590 audio materials; 1,397 video materials; 38 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Calvary Bible Academy has 34 students

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Dowagiac: Dowagiac Station (A), Dowagiac Elks Golf Course (B), Dowagiac Fire Department (C), Dowagiac City Hall (D), Dowagiac Police Department (E), Heddon Museum (F), Dowagiac Public Library (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Dowagiac include: Calvary Bible Church (A), Faith Fellowship Seventh Day Adventist Church (B), Creekside Baptist Church (C), First United Methodist Church (D), Michiana Church of Christ (E), Saint John's Lutheran Church (F), Peace Temple Church (G), Mount Zion Missionary Church (H), Second Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Parks in Dowagiac include: Rotary Park (1), Rudolphi Wildlife Refuge (2), Rudy Park (3), Farr Park (4), Beckwith Park (5), Burke Park (6), Northwest Park (7), Walter Ward Park (8), Optimist Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Amerihost Inn & Suites (29291 Amerihost Drive), Amerihost Inn and Ste Dowagia (29291 Amerihost Drive), Castle Inn & Suites of Dowagiac (57155 M 51 South), Bed-No-Breakfast Resorts Of Sister Lakes (93127 Co Rd 690).

Birthplace of: Carrie Newcomer - Female singer, David F. Cargo - Politician, Deborah Cherry - Politician, Darren Robbins - Male singer, Dave Behrman - Football player.

Cass County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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

DOWAGIAC (Population served: 6,350, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2009, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-13-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-13-2011), St Compliance achieved (JUN-13-2012)
CASS COUNTY WATER SYSTEM (Address: 241 S FRONT ST , Population served: 575, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In DEC-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (DEC-17-2005), St Public Notif requested (DEC-27-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-27-2005), St Public Notif received (JAN-03-2006)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One minor monitoring violation
SACRED HEART OF MARY (Population served: 250, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Tech Assistance Visit (SEP-26-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-26-2013), St Public Notif issued (SEP-26-2013), St Tech Assistance Visit (SEP-27-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-30-2013), St Tech Assistance Visit (5 times from OCT-04-2013 to APR-03-2014), St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-04-2014), St Tech Assistance Visit (3 times from APR-09-2014 to APR-30-2014)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One regular monitoring violation
JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES (Population served: 200, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In APR-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-16-2007), St Compliance achieved (APR-26-2007)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (SEP-07-2006), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-08-2006)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In NOV-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-14-2005), St Compliance achieved (DEC-08-2005)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
SHADY SHORES ASSOC. (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One regular monitoring violation
ROCKY'S LAKES BOWL (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
THE LEGACY OF CAMELOT (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
  • 3 regular monitoring violations
SPRUCE RIDGE GOLF CLUB (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations

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

  • RAMONA RECREATION INC (Population served: 300, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • HAMPSHIRE COUNTRY CLUB (Population served: 150, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • PITCHER LAKE CAMP GROUND (Population served: 95, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • SISTER LAKES COMMUNITY CHURCH (Population served: 75, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • ROBERT HULL CAMP 14-0006 (Population served: 60, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • MONTGOMERY'S-SISTER LAKES (Population served: 50, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • IRISH SPARTAN (Population served: 50, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • NORTHRUP CAMP 80-0014 (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • JUDGE CONVENIENCE, INC (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • SPUDCO TRAILERS 14-0031 (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.5 people
Michigan:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

62.6%
Whole state:

66.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

9.8%
Whole state:

6.4%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households
33 people in college/university student housing in 2010

People in group quarters in Dowagiac in 2000:

  • 138 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 98 people in nursing homes
  • 11 people in other group homes
  • 7 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Banks with branches in Dowagiac (2011 data):

  • The Huntington National Bank: 7 branches. Info updated 2012/04/02: Bank assets: $54,183.4 mil, Deposits: $44,300.3 mil, headquarters in Columbus, OH, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 878 total offices, Holding Company: Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
  • Fifth Third Bank: Dowagiac Branch at 205 South Front Street, branch established on 1960/10/31. 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
  • 1st Source Bank: Dowagiac Branch at 223 South Front Street, branch established on 1996/10/28. Info updated 2008/06/16: Bank assets: $4,361.6 mil, Deposits: $3,520.6 mil, headquarters in South Bend, IN, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 79 total offices, Holding Company: 1st Source Corporation
  • Bank of America, National Association: Dowagiac Branch at 114 Commercial Street, branch established on 1906/01/01. 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

For population 15 years and over in Dowagiac:

Marital status in Dowagiac, MI
  • Never married: 38.1%
  • Now married: 36.1%
  • Separated: 0.5%
  • Widowed: 7.8%
  • Divorced: 17.4%

For population 25 years and over in Dowagiac:

  • High school or higher: 82.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 7.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.3%
  • Unemployed: 6.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.2
Michigan average:

10.8

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Dowagiac
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Dowagiac, MI (based on Cass County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant2,75031
Catholic2,6064
Mainline Protestant2,24114
Black Protestant4894
Other3043
None43,903-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 12
Cass County:

2.38 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
This county:

0.99 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 16
This county:

3.17 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 24
This county:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.5%
Michigan:

9.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

30.1%
State:

29.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Cass County:

14.3%
State:

13.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

47.1%
State:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

42.2%
State:

46.5%

Average BMI:
Here:

29.1
Michigan:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Dowagiac:

22.2%
Michigan:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

12.9%
Michigan:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.8
Michigan:

6.8

Overweight people:
Dowagiac:

33.2%
Michigan:

34.2%

General health condition:
Here:

53.1%
Michigan:

56.1%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

77.4%
Michigan:

79.2%

More about Health and Nutrition of Dowagiac, MI Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 14$65,612$56,2392$3,146
Other and Unallocable 7$32,172$55,1523$4,908
Housing and Community Development (Local) 5$14,938$35,8511$3,405
Sewerage 5$17,269$41,4460$0
Firefighters 5$19,067$45,76117$2,185
Electric Power 4$20,406$61,2181$797
Streets and Highways 3$9,992$39,9680$0
Other Government Administration 3$21,927$87,7080$0
Financial Administration 3$11,041$44,1642$1,590
Transit 2$4,182$25,0922$2,141
Water Supply 2$7,545$45,2700$0
Parks and Recreation 2$4,886$29,3161$1,196
Police - Other 1$3,250$39,0003$892
Solid Waste Management 0$0 2$2,070
Airports 0$0 1$1,233
Totals for Government 56$232,287$49,77635$23,563

Dowagiac government finances - Expenditure in 2013 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $741,000 ($128.78)
  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $6,067,000 ($1054.40)
    General - Other: $2,144,000 ($372.61)
    Police Protection: $1,440,000 ($250.26)
    Sewerage: $1,227,000 ($213.24)
    Housing and Community Development: $1,102,000 ($191.52)
    Water Utilities: $633,000 ($110.01)
    Local Fire Protection: $543,000 ($94.37)
    Regular Highways: $368,000 ($63.96)
    General Public Buildings: $215,000 ($37.37)
    Transit Utilities: $206,000 ($35.80)
    Solid Waste Management: $173,000 ($30.07)
    Central Staff Services: $172,000 ($29.89)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $116,000 ($20.16)
    Financial Administration: $95,000 ($16.51)
    Air Transportation: $76,000 ($13.21)
    Parks and Recreation: $21,000 ($3.65)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $181,000 ($31.46)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Housing and Community Development: $4,000 ($0.70)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Sewerage: $192,000 ($33.37)
    Parks and Recreation: $171,000 ($29.72)
    General - Other: $72,000 ($12.51)
    Water Utilities: $22,000 ($3.82)
    Electric Utilities: $17,000 ($2.95)
    Housing and Community Development: $2,000 ($0.35)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,841,000 ($493.74)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $55,000 ($9.56)

Dowagiac government finances - Revenue in 2013 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,508,000 ($262.08)
    Other: $348,000 ($60.48)
    Housing and Community Development: $186,000 ($32.33)
    Parks and Recreation: $38,000 ($6.60)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $977,000 ($169.79)
    Other: $507,000 ($88.11)
    Transit Utilities: $36,000 ($6.26)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $103,000 ($17.90)
    Housing and Community Development: $26,000 ($4.52)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $525,000 ($91.24)
    Interest Earnings: $137,000 ($23.81)
    Rents: $108,000 ($18.77)
    Donations From Private Sources: $106,000 ($18.42)
    Fines and Forfeits: $105,000 ($18.25)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $7,064,000 ($1227.67)
    Water Utilities: $797,000 ($138.51)
    Transit Utilities: $33,000 ($5.74)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,656,000 ($287.80)
    Other: $159,000 ($27.63)
    Transit Utilities: $79,000 ($13.73)
    Highways: $52,000 ($9.04)
  • Tax - Property: $1,957,000 ($340.11)
    Other License: $85,000 ($14.77)

Dowagiac government finances - Debt in 2013 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,297,000 ($572.99)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,038,000 ($527.98)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $259,000 ($45.01)

Dowagiac government finances - Cash and Securities in 2013 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $73,000 ($12.69)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,410,000 ($1114.01)

6.94% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($54,600 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.94%
Michigan average:

5.43%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Berrien County, MI  1.53% ($38,493 average AGI)
from Elkhart County, IN  1.20% ($58,013)
from St. Joseph County, IN  1.07% ($96,837)


6.92% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($49,411 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.92%
Michigan average:

5.69%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Berrien County, MI  1.73% ($39,557 average AGI)
to Elkhart County, IN  1.13% ($37,409)
to St. Joseph County, IN  0.86% ($68,515)
Businesses in Dowagiac, MI
NameCountNameCount
AutoZone1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Baymont Inn1McDonald's1
Burger King1New Balance1
Chevrolet1Nike1
Curves1Pizza Hut1
FedEx1RadioShack1
Ford1Rite Aid1
GNC1Sears1
H&R Block1Subway1
Jones New York1Taco Bell1
Kincaid1True Value1
Lane Furniture1U-Haul1
Little Caesars Pizza1UPS1

Strongest AM radio stations in Dowagiac:

  • WDOW (1440 AM; 1 kW; DOWAGIAC, MI)
  • WGTO (910 AM; 1 kW; CASSOPOLIS, MI; Owner: LARRY LANGFORD, JR.)
  • WHLY (1580 AM; 10 kW; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: TIMES COMMUNICATIONS INC.)
  • WHFB (1060 AM; 5 kW; BENTON HARBOR-ST. JO, MI; Owner: WHFB B/CST ASSOCIATES LTD PARTNERSHP)
  • WDND (1620 AM; 10 kW; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: ARTISTIC MEDIA PARTNERS, INC.)
  • WSBT (960 AM; 5 kW; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: WSBT, INC.)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WOWO (1190 AM; 50 kW; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: PATHFINDER COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WKLZ (1470 AM; 10 kW; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: FAIRFIELD BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WBBM (780 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WLS (890 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLS, INC.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Dowagiac:

  • WDOW-FM (92.1 FM; DOWAGIAC, MI; Owner: JASON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WAUS (90.7 FM; BERRIEN SPRINGS, MI; Owner: ANDREWS BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WIRX (107.1 FM; ST. JOSEPH, MI; Owner: WSJM, INC.)
  • WNSN (101.5 FM; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: WSBT, 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.)
  • WCNF (94.9 FM; BENTON HARBOR, MI; Owner: WSJM, INC.)
  • WHFB-FM (99.9 FM; BENTON HARBOR, MI; Owner: WHFB BROADCAST ASSOCIATES L P)
  • W300AL (107.9 FM; MISHAWAKA, IN; Owner: CSN INTERNATIONAL)
  • WVPE (88.1 FM; ELKHART, IN; Owner: ELKHART COMMUNITY SCHOOLS CORP.)
  • WYTZ (97.5 FM; BRIDGMAN, MI; Owner: WSJM INC)
  • WCSY-FM (98.3 FM; SOUTH HAVEN, MI; Owner: WSJM INC)
  • WRBR-FM (103.9 FM; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: HICKS BROADCASTING OF INDIANA, LLC)
  • WAOR (95.3 FM; NILES, MI; Owner: PATHFINDER COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WFRN-FM (104.7 FM; ELKHART, IN; Owner: PROGRESSIVE BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC.)
  • WWLV (102.3 FM; NEW CARLISLE, IN; Owner: ARTISTIC MEDIA PARTNERS, INC.)
  • WZOW (97.7 FM; GOSHEN, IN; Owner: ARTISTIC MEDIA PARTNERS, INC.)
  • WUBU (106.3 FM; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: PARTNERSHIP RADIO, LLC)
  • WZBL (103.7 FM; HARTFORD, MI; Owner: WSJM INC)

TV broadcast stations around Dowagiac:

  • WRDY-LP (Channel 69; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: WEIGEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WBND-LP (Channel 57; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: WBND-TV LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WYGN-LP (Channel 12; BERRIEN SPRINGS, MI; Owner: GOOD NEWS TELEVISION)
  • WSJV (Channel 28; ELKHART, IN; Owner: WSJV TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WNIT (Channel 34; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: MICHIANA PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WMWB-LP (Channel 25; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: WMWB-TV LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSBT-TV (Channel 22; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: WSBT, INC.)
  • WNDU-TV (Channel 16; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: MICHIANA TELECASTING CORP.)
  • WHME-TV (Channel 46; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: LESEA BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
Dowagiac fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Dowagiac fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 21Number of bridges
  • 121ft / 36.5mTotal length
  • $690,000Total costs
  • 47,222Total average daily traffic
  • 1,869Total average daily truck traffic
  • 198,994Total future (year 2008) average daily traffic
New bridges in Dowagiac, MI - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11920-1929
  • 31930-1939
  • 11940-1949
  • 31950-1959
  • 31960-1969
  • 31970-1979
  • 41980-1989
  • 32000-2009
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Dowagiac, MI
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
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 ORIGINATED11$67,7669$43,97926$90,2385$49,69610$68,8091$15,930
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$01$35,8405$50,3322$9,9552$50,1751$50,170
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$55,7503$38,75737$86,22614$13,5396$105,1254$81,433
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN2$103,9302$37,8307$128,5612$7,5650$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS2$62,1201$26,2804$62,5180$01$26,2801$79,640
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0004.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$27,8700$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$71,6801$119,460
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$00$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0004.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Dowagiac, MI
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Dowagiac, MI - Value

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 81. The highest number of fires - 116 took place in 2007, and the least - 57 in 2017. The data has a decreasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Dowagiac, MI When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (50.4%), and Outside Fires (32.2%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Dowagiac, MI
    • 69250.4%Structure Fires
    • 44232.2%Outside Fires
    • 19214.0%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 483.5%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Dowagiac, MI
Most common first names in Dowagiac, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John11674.6 years
Robert10972.7 years
Mary10878.1 years
William10876.5 years
James10873.7 years
George7574.8 years
Charles7076.0 years
Helen7078.2 years
Dorothy6377.9 years
Richard5569.1 years
Most common last names in Dowagiac, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith6971.6 years
Wilson4376.1 years
Johnson3475.8 years
Williams3076.6 years
Jones3079.6 years
Anderson2875.5 years
Phillips2574.8 years
Moore2574.9 years
Brown2472.7 years
Miller2277.4 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Dowagiac, MI
  • 89.3%Utility gas
  • 8.0%Electricity
  • 2.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.6%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Dowagiac, MI
  • 74.5%Utility gas
  • 22.6%Electricity
  • 1.4%No fuel used
  • 0.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.8%Other fuel


Dowagiac compared to Michigan state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Dowagiac on our top lists:

  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: community and social service occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #90 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: health care and social assistance (population 5,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
There are 13 pilots and 9 other airmen in this city.
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Total of 16 patent applications in 2008-2020.