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Berrien County, Michigan (MI)

County population in 2019: 153,401 (67% urban, 33% rural); it was 162,453 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 29,153
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 15,910
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 45,925
Renter-occupied apartments: 17,991 (it was 17,644 in 2000)
% of renters here:

28%
State:

28%

Land area: 571 sq. mi.

Water area: 1010.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 269 people per square mile   (high).

March 2019 cost of living index in Berrien County: 82.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (24.5%), Educational, health and social services (24.1%), Manufacturing (10.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 65%
  • Government: 6%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 29%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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  • Races in Berrien County, MI (2019)
    • 114,67470.6%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 22,17613.7%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 8,8295.4%Hispanic or Latino
    • 4,2092.6%Two or more races
    • 2,5571.6%Asian alone
    • 8760.5%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 800.05%Some other race alone
Median resident age:

42.1 years
Michigan median age:

39.8 years
Males: 74,238  (48.4%)
Females: 79,163  (51.6%)
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Average household size:
Berrien County:

2.0 people
Michigan:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $50,153 ($38,567 in 1999)
This county:

$50,153
Michigan:

$59,584

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $626 (lower quartile is $448, upper quartile is $761)
This county:

$626
State:

$740


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $156,900 (it was $93,300 in 2000)
Berrien:

$156,900
Michigan:

$169,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $88,600 - $259,100

Mean price in 2019:

Detached houses: $217,228
Here:

$217,228
State:

$219,912

Townhouses or other attached units: $250,822
Here:

$250,822
State:

$199,940

In 2-unit structures: $416,002
Here:

$416,002
State:

$142,994

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $175,106
Here:

$175,106
State:

$151,948

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $347,497
Here:

$347,497
State:

$170,137

Mobile homes: $55,092
Here:

$55,092
State:

$56,186

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,163
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $445

Institutionalized population: 1,467

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 4
  • Rapes: 20
  • Robberies: 5
  • Assaults: 64
  • Burglaries: 130
  • Thefts: 416
  • Auto thefts: 37

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 16
  • Robberies: 9
  • Assaults: 92
  • Burglaries: 133
  • Thefts: 372
  • Auto thefts: 35
Berrien County, MI map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 461 buildings, average cost: $135,900
  • 1998: 447 buildings, average cost: $140,200
  • 1999: 487 buildings, average cost: $158,000
  • 2000: 485 buildings, average cost: $169,600
  • 2001: 522 buildings, average cost: $179,900
  • 2002: 608 buildings, average cost: $165,700
  • 2003: 588 buildings, average cost: $192,600
  • 2004: 685 buildings, average cost: $208,900
  • 2005: 689 buildings, average cost: $210,000
  • 2006: 572 buildings, average cost: $218,400
  • 2007: 441 buildings, average cost: $220,200
  • 2008: 227 buildings, average cost: $285,100
  • 2009: 104 buildings, average cost: $310,000
  • 2010: 133 buildings, average cost: $275,500
  • 2011: 130 buildings, average cost: $234,600
  • 2012: 145 buildings, average cost: $298,800
  • 2013: 146 buildings, average cost: $326,900
  • 2014: 184 buildings, average cost: $375,700
  • 2015: 168 buildings, average cost: $312,100
  • 2016: 246 buildings, average cost: $329,100
  • 2017: 224 buildings, average cost: $334,500
  • 2018: 237 buildings, average cost: $356,700
  • 2019: 201 buildings, average cost: $334,600
Number of permits per 10,000 Berrien, MI residents
Average permit cost in Berrien, MI
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $2,042 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,827 (1.3%)

Distribution of median household income in Berrien, MI in 2019
Distribution of house value in Berrien, MI in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Berrien, MI in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 16.2%
Berrien County:

16.2%
Michigan:

13.0%
(10.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 36.7% for Black residents, 26.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 9.4% for American Indian residents, 38.2% for other race residents, 20.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 42.1 years old
(Males: 40.1 years old, Females: 42.9 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47.2 years old, Black residents: 31.1 years old, American Indian residents: 33.9 years old, Asian residents: 39.9 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26.3 years old, Other race residents: 27.9 years old)

Area name: Niles-Benton Harbor, MI MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Berrien County is $465 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $567 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $693 a month.

Cities in this county include: Niles, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Fair Plain, Benton Heights, Buchanan, Paw Paw Lake, Bridgman, New Buffalo, Berrien Springs.

Berrien County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

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Neighboring counties: Litchfield County, Connecticut , Chautauqua County, New York , Chemung County, New York , Lee County, Illinois , Monona County, Iowa , Woodbury County, Iowa .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.7%
Michigan:

6.3%

Unemployment by year in Berrien, MI
County total employment by year in Berrien, MI
County average yearly wages by year in Berrien, MI

Current college students: 8,218
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 90.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 27.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 7,645 (43.5% naturalized citizens)

Berrien County:

5.0%
Whole state:

7.0%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 2,9862010 or later
  • 1,8562000 to 2009
  • 1,5741990 to 1999
  • 1,4341980 to 1989
  • 6771970 to 1979
  • 2,138Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 81.4%

Berrien County marital status for males Berrien County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 58,899
  • One, attached: 1,575
  • Two: 3,228
  • 3 or 4: 2,766
  • 5 to 9: 2,800
  • 10 to 19: 1,646
  • 20 to 49: 1,110
  • 50 or more: 1,991
  • Mobile homes: 3,864
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 23

Housing units in Berrien County with a mortgage: 26,908 (449 second mortgage, 3,140 home equity loan, 99 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 18,793

Here:

59.1% with mortgage
State:

59.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Berrien County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant34,679141
Catholic17,23111
Mainline Protestant10,53852
Black Protestant6,43721
Other4,72720
Orthodox1001
None83,101-
Berrien County Religion Details
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.

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%

Agriculture in Berrien County:

Average size of farms: 159 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $88,487
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $659.56
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 17.71%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 12.55%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $75,796
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 73.69%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 14.93%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $89,999
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.93%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 2.82
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 31.54%
Corn for grain: 41376 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 2617 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 51409 harvested acres
Vegetables: 7,391 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 16,352 acres

Earthquake activity:

Berrien County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Michigan state average. It is 6% greater 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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 255.3 miles away from Berrien County 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 231.0 miles away from the county center
On 5/2/2015 at 16:23:07, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MW, Depth: 2.8 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 54.4 miles away from the county center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 255.4 miles away from the county center
On 7/12/1986 at 08:19:37, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 145.8 miles away from Berrien County 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 291.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Michigan Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, FEMA Id: 4494, Natural disaster type: Other
  • Michigan Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3225: September 07, 2005, FEMA Id: 3225, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Michigan Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: May 20, 2004 to June 08, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1527: June 30, 2004, FEMA Id: 1527, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Michigan Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 11, 2000 to December 31, 2000, Emergency Declared EM-3160: January 10, 2001, FEMA Id: 3160, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Michigan Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 02, 1999 to January 15, 1999, Emergency Declared EM-3137: January 27, 1999, FEMA Id: 3137, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Michigan FLOODING, Incident Period: March 29, 1982, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-654: March 29, 1982, FEMA Id: 654, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Michigan SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: September 08, 1980, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-631: September 08, 1980, FEMA Id: 631, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Michigan Blizzards and Snowstorms, Incident Period: January 27, 1978, Emergency Declared EM-3057: January 27, 1978, FEMA Id: 3057, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Blizzard
  • Michigan Severe Storms, High Winds, Flooding, Incident Period: April 26, 1975, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-465: April 26, 1975, FEMA Id: 465, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Wind
  • Michigan SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: April 12, 1973, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-371: April 12, 1973, FEMA Id: 371, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 1 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Berrien County (11) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 5, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Berrien

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 53,929 (81.6%)
  • Carpooled: 6,154 (9.3%)
  • Bus: 461 (0.7%)
  • Long-distance train or commuter rail: 7 (0.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 716 (1.1%)
  • Bicycle: 180 (0.3%)
  • Walked: 1,753 (2.7%)
  • Worked at home: 2,869 (4.3%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Manufacturing (12%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Manufacturing (13%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Production occupations (14%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (10%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Material moving occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (18%)
  • India (11%)
  • Brazil (6%)
  • Korea (5%)
  • Germany (4%)
  • Canada (4%)
  • Poland (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Berrien County


  • German (18%)
  • American (7%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • English (5%)
  • Polish (3%)
  • European (3%)
  • Italian (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Berrien County, Michigan in 2000:

  • 878 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 815 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 617 people in nursing homes
  • 526 people in other group homes
  • 499 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 383 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 229 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 162 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 84 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 70 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 63 people in halfway houses
  • 14 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 10 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 7 people in religious group quarters
  • 4 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 3 people in military transient quarters for temporary residents
  • 2 people in other workers' dormitories

People in group quarters in Berrien County, Michigan in 2010:

  • 1,156 people in college/university student housing
  • 929 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 481 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 410 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 239 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 116 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
  • 44 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 22 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 2 people in in-patient hospice facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $60,960.

4.85% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($57,289 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.85%
Michigan average:

5.43%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
1.91% relocated from other counties in Michigan ($16,009 average AGI)
2.94% relocated from other states ($41,279 average AGI)
Berrien County:

2.94%
Michigan average:

1.59%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Cass County, MI  0.56% ($39,557 average AGI)
from St. Joseph County, IN  0.45% ($56,154)
from Cook County, IL  0.34% ($142,512)
from Van Buren County, MI  0.32% ($33,098)
from Kalamazoo County, MI  0.23% ($44,791)
from LaPorte County, IN  0.12% ($34,547)
from Kent County, MI  0.11% ($33,507)


5.36% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($52,175 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.36%
Michigan average:

5.69%


0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($166 average AGI)
Berrien County:

0.04%
Michigan average:

0.04%

1.85% relocated to other counties in Michigan ($14,889 average AGI)
3.47% relocated to other states ($37,120 average AGI)
Berrien County:

3.47%
Michigan average:

1.85%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to St. Joseph County, IN  0.60% ($39,619 average AGI)
to Cass County, MI  0.49% ($38,493)
to Van Buren County, MI  0.29% ($41,097)
to Kalamazoo County, MI  0.28% ($32,283)
to Kent County, MI  0.19% ($41,759)
to Cook County, IL  0.17% ($67,557)
to LaPorte County, IN  0.15% ($34,066)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.4
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.1
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 11.9

Births per 1000 population in Berrien County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 10.9

Deaths per 1000 population in Berrien County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.4

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Berrien County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 8.3%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 3.6%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Berrien County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Berrien County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Berrien County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Berrien County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Berrien County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Berrien County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 29,126 (23,973 aged, 5,153 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 3,555 (9%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Berrien County, Michigan in 1999 - 2019:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (2,965)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2,279)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,924)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,427)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1,139)
  • Congestive heart failure (1,137)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (1,110)
  • Unspecified dementia (821)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (574)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (532)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.23
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 10,933
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 388
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 45,558

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,263
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 990
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 14

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 40
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 81

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 10
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 42.5. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 24.8
  • Other - 17.7

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 108.1. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 54.9
  • Suffocation - 23.9
  • Poisoning - 22.2
  • Other - 7.1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 153,401
  • Male householders: 30,485 (8,632 living alone), Female householders: 31,324 (10,134 living alone)
  • 29,198 spouses (29,057 opposite-sex spouses), 3,461 unmarried partners, (3,293 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 42,913 children (39,808 natural, 667 adopted, 2,438 stepchildren), 2,703 grandchildren, 1,429 brothers or sisters, 1,419 parents, 645 foster children, 1,826 other relatives, 4,623 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 3,375

Size of family households: 21,060 2-persons, 7,372 3-persons, 6,346 4-persons, 2,863 5-persons, 973 6-persons, 882 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 18,766 1-person, 3,249 2-persons, 289 3-persons, 9 4-persons.

19,252 married couples with children.
10,778 single-parent households (2,818 men, 7,960 women).

92.3% of residents of Berrien speak English at home.
3.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (64% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
2.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (77% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
1.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (64% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 13% speak English not well).
0.6% of residents speak other language at home (89% speak English very well, 9% speak English well, 1% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $902,564,000 ($5,533 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $11,640,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $435,149,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $212,570,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,757,000
Federal grants: $211,158,000
Federal procurement contracts: $11,279,000 ($1,985,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $25,650,000 ($70,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $28,661,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $54,576,000
Federal Government insurance: $69,044,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 11,275
Here:

69 per 1000 residents
State:

68 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 8,320
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

45 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +2,299
Here:

+14 per 1000 residents
State:

+12 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -4,933
Here -30 per 1000 residents
State -16 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Berrien County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 17.07 millions of gallons per day (28% from ground, 72% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.5
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.4

Year house built in Berrien County, Michigan
  • Year house built in Berrien County, Michigan
  • 1,3962014 or later
  • 7172010 to 2013
  • 7,3572000 to 2009
  • 7,6201990 to 1999
  • 7,3551980 to 1989
  • 10,4031970 to 1979
  • 11,1441960 to 1969
  • 11,9631950 to 1959
  • 6,2031940 to 1949
  • 13,7441939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Berrien County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Berrien County, Michigan
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Berrien County, Michigan
  • 981 room
  • 1102 rooms
  • 5073 rooms
  • 2,8404 rooms
  • 9,6765 rooms
  • 9,2346 rooms
  • 9,5717 rooms
  • 5,4338 rooms
  • 8,2329+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Berrien County, Michigan
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Berrien County, Michigan
  • 8101 room
  • 9442 rooms
  • 2,0123 rooms
  • 6,5174 rooms
  • 2,4805 rooms
  • 1,6026 rooms
  • 7197 rooms
  • 4688 rooms
  • 5569+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Berrien County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Berrien County, Michigan
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Berrien County, Michigan
  • 118no bedroom
  • 9131 bedroom
  • 7,5532 bedrooms
  • 24,6243 bedrooms
  • 9,6174 bedrooms
  • 2,8765+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Berrien County, Michigan
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Berrien County, Michigan
  • 990no bedroom
  • 3,2221 bedroom
  • 8,1002 bedrooms
  • 2,9303 bedrooms
  • 6884 bedrooms
  • 1785+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Berrien County, Michigan in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Berrien County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Berrien County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 1,343no vehicle
  • 13,7261 vehicle
  • 20,4002 vehicles
  • 6,8033 vehicles
  • 2,5904 vehicles
  • 8395+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Berrien County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Berrien County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 3,320no vehicle
  • 9,0671 vehicle
  • 2,7412 vehicles
  • 5623 vehicles
  • 4184 vehicles
  • 05+ vehicles

85.5% of Berrien County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 38% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 39% lived in Michigan.

Berrien County:

85.5%
State average:

86.2%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 92,190
  • Other state: 52,263
  • Northeast: 2,828
  • Midwest: 34,676
  • South: 10,821
  • West: 3,938
Year householders moved into unit in Berrien County, MI
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Berrien County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 71.8%Utility gas
  • 11.4%Electricity
  • 7.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 4.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 2.7%Wood
  • 1.6%Other fuel
  • 0.2%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 59.3%Utility gas
  • 35.6%Electricity
  • 3.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.4%Other fuel
  • 0.2%No fuel used

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,223
Here:

8.4%
Michigan:

10.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 1,128
Here:

14.1%
Michigan:

9.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 2,170
Here:

27.9%
Michigan:

14.3%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Berrien County government finances - Expenditure in 2017:

  • Charges - Other: $13,021,000
    Solid Waste Management: $789,000
    Parks and Recreation: $683,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $58,965,000
    General - Other: $23,305,000
    Regular Highways: $20,380,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $11,887,000
    Correctional Institutions: $10,292,000
    Police Protection: $9,767,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $9,137,000
    Financial Administration: $4,731,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,176,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,835,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,164,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,877,000
    Transit Utilities: $1,127,000
    Corrections - Other: $652,000
    Solid Waste Management: $244,000
    Housing and Community Development: $47,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $2,686,000
    Other: $2,118,000
    Transit Utilities: $548,000
    Housing and Community Development: $250,000
    Public Welfare: $51,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $265,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $4,803,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $51,765,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $50,382,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,585,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,201,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $11,397,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $446,000
    Sale of Property: $427,000
    Interest Earnings: $221,000
    Rents: $6,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $4,064,000
    Health - Other: $189,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $95,163,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,107,000
    Transit Utilities: $433,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $18,750,000
    Other: $5,343,000
    General Local Government Support: $4,421,000
    Public Welfare: $3,935,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,195,000
  • Tax - Property: $45,919,000
    Other License: $595,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $34,834,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $846,000

Berrien County government finances - Revenue in 2017:

  • Charges - Other: $13,021,000
    Solid Waste Management: $789,000
    Parks and Recreation: $683,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $58,965,000
    General - Other: $23,305,000
    Regular Highways: $20,380,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $11,887,000
    Correctional Institutions: $10,292,000
    Police Protection: $9,767,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $9,137,000
    Financial Administration: $4,731,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,176,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,835,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,164,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,877,000
    Transit Utilities: $1,127,000
    Corrections - Other: $652,000
    Solid Waste Management: $244,000
    Housing and Community Development: $47,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $2,686,000
    Other: $2,118,000
    Transit Utilities: $548,000
    Housing and Community Development: $250,000
    Public Welfare: $51,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $265,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $4,803,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $51,765,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $50,382,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,585,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,201,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $11,397,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $446,000
    Sale of Property: $427,000
    Interest Earnings: $221,000
    Rents: $6,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $4,064,000
    Health - Other: $189,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $95,163,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,107,000
    Transit Utilities: $433,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $18,750,000
    Other: $5,343,000
    General Local Government Support: $4,421,000
    Public Welfare: $3,935,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,195,000
  • Tax - Property: $45,919,000
    Other License: $595,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $34,834,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $846,000

Berrien County government finances - Debt in 2017:

  • Charges - Other: $13,021,000
    Solid Waste Management: $789,000
    Parks and Recreation: $683,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $58,965,000
    General - Other: $23,305,000
    Regular Highways: $20,380,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $11,887,000
    Correctional Institutions: $10,292,000
    Police Protection: $9,767,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $9,137,000
    Financial Administration: $4,731,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,176,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,835,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,164,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,877,000
    Transit Utilities: $1,127,000
    Corrections - Other: $652,000
    Solid Waste Management: $244,000
    Housing and Community Development: $47,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $2,686,000
    Other: $2,118,000
    Transit Utilities: $548,000
    Housing and Community Development: $250,000
    Public Welfare: $51,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $265,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $4,803,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $51,765,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $50,382,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,585,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,201,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $11,397,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $446,000
    Sale of Property: $427,000
    Interest Earnings: $221,000
    Rents: $6,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $4,064,000
    Health - Other: $189,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $95,163,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,107,000
    Transit Utilities: $433,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $18,750,000
    Other: $5,343,000
    General Local Government Support: $4,421,000
    Public Welfare: $3,935,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,195,000
  • Tax - Property: $45,919,000
    Other License: $595,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $34,834,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $846,000

Berrien County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017:

  • Charges - Other: $13,021,000
    Solid Waste Management: $789,000
    Parks and Recreation: $683,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $58,965,000
    General - Other: $23,305,000
    Regular Highways: $20,380,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $11,887,000
    Correctional Institutions: $10,292,000
    Police Protection: $9,767,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $9,137,000
    Financial Administration: $4,731,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,176,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,835,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,164,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,877,000
    Transit Utilities: $1,127,000
    Corrections - Other: $652,000
    Solid Waste Management: $244,000
    Housing and Community Development: $47,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $2,686,000
    Other: $2,118,000
    Transit Utilities: $548,000
    Housing and Community Development: $250,000
    Public Welfare: $51,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $265,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $4,803,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $51,765,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $50,382,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,585,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,201,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $11,397,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $446,000
    Sale of Property: $427,000
    Interest Earnings: $221,000
    Rents: $6,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $4,064,000
    Health - Other: $189,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $95,163,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,107,000
    Transit Utilities: $433,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $18,750,000
    Other: $5,343,000
    General Local Government Support: $4,421,000
    Public Welfare: $3,935,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,195,000
  • Tax - Property: $45,919,000
    Other License: $595,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $34,834,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $846,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 4,734
  • Number of aged recipients: 263
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 4,471
  • Number of recipients under 18: 993
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 3,095
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 646
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 1,647
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 2,312
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 48 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
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 ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED504$108,976707$180,2943,436$174,729546$57,5115$384,600785$246,96464$81,313
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED22$126,27356$208,982312$163,87240$22,2750$061$233,52510$77,900
APPLICATIONS DENIED79$105,797129$148,7671,040$172,722283$31,9750$0205$230,06334$89,265
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN56$105,982113$172,150563$162,831125$49,8721$39,00099$227,55614$88,857
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS9$127,66712$258,833199$148,23617$46,5880$029$223,3104$102,750
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 43 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED120$155,25873$184,41110$204,500
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED33$211,06140$172,8253$91,667
APPLICATIONS DENIED31$150,83930$161,5674$143,250
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN8$122,3759$172,0002$122,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS4$104,5002$133,0001$131,000
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Berrien, MI
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Berrien, MI - Value
Most common first names in Berrien County, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1,48375.2 years
William1,32474.2 years
Robert1,27370.8 years
Mary1,22778.2 years
James96170.5 years
Charles85374.4 years
George71875.7 years
Helen63680.0 years
Dorothy58277.9 years
Edward57675.0 years
Most common last names in Berrien County, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith67975.0 years
Johnson48674.7 years
Williams38673.3 years
Miller35274.9 years
Jones32974.0 years
Brown30975.3 years
Davis30073.5 years
Anderson19474.8 years
Martin19176.2 years
Taylor18175.3 years
Businesses in Berrien County, MI
NameCountNameCount
ALDI1Lane Furniture6
AMF Bowling1Little Caesars Pizza3
AT&T4Long John Silver's2
Ace Hardware2Lowe's2
Advance Auto Parts1Marriott2
Applebee's1MasterBrand Cabinets12
Arby's1McDonald's9
AutoZone4Meijer1
Baskin-Robbins1Motel 61
Bath & Body Works1New Balance1
Baymont Inn1Nike7
Burger King8Office Depot1
Carson Pirie Scott1Old Navy1
Chevrolet3Panera Bread1
Comfort Inn2Papa John's Pizza1
Comfort Suites2Payless2
Cracker Barrel1Penske1
Curves2PetSmart1
DHL3Pier 1 Imports1
Dairy Queen8Pizza Hut9
Days Inn1Popeyes3
Deb1Qdoba Mexican Grill1
Decora Cabinetry2Quiznos4
Discount Tire1RadioShack3
Domino's Pizza3Red Roof Inn1
Dunkin Donuts1Rite Aid6
FedEx19Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Finish Line1Sprint Nextel2
Ford1Staples1
GNC4Starbucks3
GameStop1Steak 'n Shake1
Goodwill1Subway12
H&R Block7Super 82
Hardee's1T-Mobile4
Hilton1T.J.Maxx1
Holiday Inn6Taco Bell5
Home Depot1Target1
Honda1Toyota1
Howard Johnson1True Value2
Hyundai1U-Haul7
IHOP1UPS35
JCPenney1Verizon Wireless1
Jones New York3Walgreens5
KFC3Walmart2
Knights Inn1Wendy's5
Kohl's1YMCA2
La-Z-Boy1