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Van Buren County, Michigan (MI)

County population in 2014: 75,199 (29% urban, 71% rural); it was 76,263 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 15,165
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 7,368
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 22,253
Renter-occupied apartments: 6,395 (it was 5,729 in 2000)
% of renters here:

20%
State:

28%

Land area: 611 sq. mi.

Water area: 479.3 sq. mi.

Population density: 123 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Van Buren County: 82.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (18.0%), Educational, health and social services (17.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 49%
  • Government: 10%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 41%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Van Buren County, Michigan:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (82.7%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (10.2%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (3.9%)
  • Two or more races (2.0%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.7%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
Michigan median age:  38.0 years
Males: 37,278  (49.6%)
Females: 37,921  (50.4%)
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Van Buren County,MI real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Van Buren County:

2.0 people
Michigan:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $45,081 ($39,365 in 1999)

This county:

$45081
Michigan:

$48273

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $495 (lower quartile is $424, upper quartile is $616)
This county:

$495
State:

$629


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $113,600 (it was $90,100 in 2000)
Van Buren:

$113,600
Michigan:

$117,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $68,100 - $185,100
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,142
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $380

Institutionalized population: 469

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 12
  • Robberies: 2
  • Assaults: 42
  • Burglaries: 198
  • Thefts: 421
  • Auto thefts: 53

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 11
  • Robberies: 3
  • Assaults: 50
  • Burglaries: 229
  • Thefts: 430
  • Auto thefts: 148
Van Buren County, MI map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 156 buildings, average cost: $177,900
  • 2008: 111 buildings, average cost: $161,500
  • 2009: 78 buildings, average cost: $191,000
  • 2010: 72 buildings, average cost: $167,100
  • 2011: 69 buildings, average cost: $180,700
  • 2012: 69 buildings, average cost: $175,800
  • 2013: 74 buildings, average cost: $196,100
  • 2014: 81 buildings, average cost: $228,300

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $2,206 (1.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,427 (1.7%)

Van Buren County household income distribution in 2009 Van Buren County home values distribution Van Buren County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.7%
(16.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 38.4% for Black residents, 33.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 48.1% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 35.8% for other race residents, 26.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.7%
Van Buren County:

17.7%
Michigan:

17.0%
(16.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 38.1% for Black residents, 30.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 53.4% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 36.8% for other race residents, 27.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 41 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 54 years old, American Indian residents: 40 years old, Asian residents: 17 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 39 years old)

Area name: Kalamazoo-Portage, MI MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Van Buren County is $504 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $612 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $813 a month.

Cities in this county include: South Haven, Paw Paw, Mattawan, Hartford, Bangor, Lawton, Decatur, Lawrence, Gobles, Bloomingdale.

Van Buren 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: Berkshire County, Massachusetts , Allegany County, New York , Broome County, New York , Warren County, Pennsylvania , Wayne County, Pennsylvania , Rock County, Nebraska .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.6%
Michigan:

4.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 2,430
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 78.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 2,703 (37% naturalized citizens)

Van Buren County:

3.5%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 614
  • 1990 to 1994: 423
  • 1985 to 1989: 387
  • 1980 to 1984: 311
  • 1975 to 1979: 245
  • 1970 to 1974: 126
  • 1970 to 1974: 141
  • 1965 to 1969: 456

Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 50.0%

Van Buren County marital status for males Van Buren County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 25,227
  • One, attached: 361
  • Two: 717
  • 3 or 4: 696
  • 5 to 9: 919
  • 10 to 19: 424
  • 20 or more: 531
  • Mobile homes: 5,020
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 80

Housing units in Van Buren County with a mortgage: 9,554 (688 second mortgage, 1,492 home equity loan, 38 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 4,629

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

69.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Van Buren County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic12,9437
Evangelical Protestant7,57568
Mainline Protestant5,33729
Other5779
Black Protestant4944
None49,332-
Van Buren 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: 16
Van Buren County:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.13 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 16
This county:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 40
Van Buren County:

5.14 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 61
This county:

7.84 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Van Buren County:

9.4%
Michigan:

9.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Van Buren County:

28.5%
State:

29.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.4%
State:

13.4%

Agriculture in Van Buren County:

Average size of farms: 152 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $83,382
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $791.49
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 19.93%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 12.29%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $70,671
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 60.81%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 22.13%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $73,513
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.74%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.43
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 26.79%
Corn for grain: 31870 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 804 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 29321 harvested acres
Vegetables: 10,553 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 10,281 acres

Earthquake activity:

Van Buren County-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 280.7 miles away from Van Buren 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 256.8 miles away from the county center
On 7/12/1986 at 08:19:37, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 147.4 miles away from the county center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 255.3 miles away from the county 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 295.6 miles away from Van Buren 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 301.6 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:

  • MichiganHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3225): September 7, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3225, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • MichiganSevere Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 11, 2000 to December 31, 2000, Emergency Declared (EM-3160): January 10, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3160, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • MichiganWinter Storm, Incident Period: January 2, 1999 to January 15, 1999, Emergency Declared (EM-3137): January 27, 1999, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3137, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • MichiganSEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: September 8, 1980, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-631): September 8, 1980, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-631, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • MichiganSEVERE STORMS, TORNADOES, Incident Period: May 16, 1980, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-621): May 16, 1980, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-621, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado
  • MichiganBlizzards and Snowstorms, Incident Period: January 27, 1978, Emergency Declared (EM-3057): January 27, 1978, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3057, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Blizzard
  • MichiganSnowstorms, Incident Period: February 5, 1977, Emergency Declared (EM-3030): February 5, 1977, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3030, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm
  • MichiganSevere Storms, High Winds, Flooding, Incident Period: April 26, 1975, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-465): April 26, 1975, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-465, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Wind
  • MichiganSEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: April 12, 1973, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-371): April 12, 1973, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-371, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood

The number of natural disasters in Van Buren County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 5

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (16%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (17%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (10%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (15%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (15%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Production occupations (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (63%)
  • Germany (4%)
  • Korea (4%)
  • Poland (4%)
  • Canada (3%)
  • United Kingdom (2%)
  • Netherlands (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Van Buren County (%):

  • German (20%)
  • United States or American (10%)
  • Irish (9%)
  • English (9%)
  • Dutch (8%)
  • Polish (5%)
  • Italian (3%)

Van Buren County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 28,729 (83%)
  • Carpooled: 4,171 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 53 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 2 (0%)
  • Taxi: 1 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 14 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 110 (0%)
  • Walked: 647 (2%)
  • Other means: 160 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 876 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Van Buren County, Michigan in 2000:

  • 880 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 386 people in nursing homes
  • 189 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 106 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 94 people in other group homes
  • 88 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 41 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 41 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 22 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 20 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 11 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 10 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 10 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 10 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 8 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse

People in group quarters in Van Buren County, Michigan in 2010:

  • 321 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 208 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 154 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 148 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 32 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 14 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $46,429.

5.80% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,314 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.80%
Michigan average:

5.09%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.10% relocated from other counties in Michigan ($24,481 average AGI)
1.69% relocated from other states ($9,834 average AGI)
Van Buren County:

1.69%
Michigan average:

1.52%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Kalamazoo County, MI  1.62% ($39,795 average AGI)
from Berrien County, MI  0.81% ($25,451)
from Allegan County, MI  0.60% ($27,965)
from Cass County, MI  0.21% ($21,967)
from Cook County, IL  0.14% ($39,974)
from Kent County, MI  0.14% ($41,513)
from Ottawa County, MI  0.09% ($29,400)


6.26% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($35,806 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.26%
Michigan average:

5.58%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.41% relocated to other counties in Michigan ($24,557 average AGI)
1.85% relocated to other states ($11,249 average AGI)
Van Buren County:

1.85%
Michigan average:

2.00%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Kalamazoo County, MI  1.91% ($41,607 average AGI)
to Berrien County, MI  0.75% ($25,888)
to Allegan County, MI  0.56% ($29,571)
to Ottawa County, MI  0.19% ($32,304)
to Kent County, MI  0.18% ($27,283)
to Cass County, MI  0.18% ($22,385)
to Cook County, IL  0.11% ($29,219)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.4

Births per 1000 population in Van Buren County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Van Buren County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Van Buren County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 16.2%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.8%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Van Buren County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Van Buren County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 12,510 (9,963 aged, 2,547 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,465 (7%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Van Buren County, Michigan in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (803)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (794)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (783)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (524)
  • Congestive heart failure (321)
  • Unspecified dementia (276)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (267)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (257)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (220)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (200)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.55
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 3579.020
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 263.560
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 39831.43

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1294.220
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 952.9
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 3.81

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 30.4
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 73.59

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 3.81
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 132.9. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 75.7
  • Other - 57.2

Household type by relationship:

Households: 75,381
  • In family households: 64,947 (14,615 male householders, 5,819 female householders)
    15,342 spouses, 22,711 children (20,678 natural, 761 adopted, 1,272 stepchildren), 1,888 grandchildren, 569 brothers or sisters, 484 parents, 870 other relatives, 2,205 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 10,434 (4,181 male householders (3,290 living alone)), 4,313 female householders (3,665 living alone)), 1,940 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 877 (469 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 8,997 2-persons, 4,461 3-persons, 3,754 4-persons, 1,849 5-persons, 797 6-persons, 576 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 6,955 1-person, 1,304 2-persons, 146 3-persons, 51 4-persons, 24 5-persons, 7 6-persons, 7 7-or-more-persons.

13,942 married couples with children.
4,808 single-parent households (1,330 men, 3,478 women).

91.1% of residents of Van Buren County speak English at home.
7.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (54% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 19% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
1.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (64% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 11% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (41% speak English very well, 52% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (62% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $379,473,000 ($4832 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $5,197,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $176,955,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $86,390,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,022,000
Federal grants: $93,735,000
Federal procurement contracts: $7,206,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $10,164,000 ($407,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,333,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $37,996,000
Federal Government insurance: $80,075,000

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

Births: 5,315
Here:

67 per 1000 residents
State:

68 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 3,567
Here:

45 per 1000 residents
State:

45 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +492
Here:

+6 per 1000 residents
State:

+12 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +403
Here +5 per 1000 residents
State -16 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Van Buren County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 4.41 millions of gallons per day (70% from ground, 30% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.0
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 400
  • 2000 to 2004: 4,257
  • 1990 to 1999: 5,594
  • 1980 to 1989: 4,885
  • 1970 to 1979: 6,852
  • 1960 to 1969: 3,022
  • 1950 to 1959: 2,928
  • 1940 to 1949: 1,277
  • 1939 or earlier: 7,310
Rooms in houses/apartments in Van Buren County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 18
  • 2 rooms: 211
  • 3 rooms: 567
  • 4 rooms: 2,335
  • 5 rooms: 5,219
  • 6 rooms: 5,628
  • 7 rooms: 3,762
  • 8 rooms: 2,389
  • 9+ rooms: 2,124
  • 1 room: 58
  • 2 rooms: 520
  • 3 rooms: 813
  • 4 rooms: 1,641
  • 5 rooms: 1,190
  • 6 rooms: 684
  • 7 rooms: 422
  • 8 rooms: 216
  • 9+ rooms: 185
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Van Buren County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 61
  • 1 bedroom: 731
  • 2 bedrooms: 5,124
  • 3 bedrooms: 12,030
  • 4 bedrooms: 3,334
  • 5+ bedrooms: 973
  • no bedroom: 129
  • 1 bedroom: 1,350
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,340
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,379
  • 4 bedrooms: 407
  • 5+ bedrooms: 124
Cars and other vehicles available in Van Buren County, Michigan in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 713
  • 1 vehicle: 5,465
  • 2 vehicles: 10,144
  • 3 vehicles: 4,077
  • 4 vehicles: 1,421
  • 5+ vehicles: 433
  • no vehicle: 681
  • 1 vehicle: 2,802
  • 2 vehicles: 1,732
  • 3 vehicles: 346
  • 4 vehicles: 87
  • 5+ vehicles: 81

62% of Van Buren County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 52% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 69% lived in Michigan.

Van Buren County:

61.8%
State average:

58.3%

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

  • This state: 52648
  • Northeast: 1174
  • Midwest: 10773
  • South: 7043
  • West: 1597

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $71,200


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Van Buren County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (50.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (26.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (12.1%)
  • Electricity (6.7%)
  • Wood (3.3%)
  • Utility gas (50.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (19.1%)
  • Electricity (17.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (8.7%)
  • Other fuel (1.6%)
  • No fuel used (1.2%)
  • Wood (1.0%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 712
Here:

7.0%
Michigan:

11.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 199
Here:

3.9%
Michigan:

8.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 242
Here:

11.6%
Michigan:

16.5%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Van Buren County government finances - Expenditure in 2004:

  • Construction - General: $2,345,000
    Corrections - Other: $50,000
  • Current Operations - Health Services - Other: $16,171,000
    General - Other: $13,102,000
    Regular Highways: $9,579,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $5,878,000
    Welfare - Other: $3,604,000
    Police Protection: $2,336,000
    Corrections - Other: $1,776,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,664,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,200,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,047,000
    Transit Utilities: $875,000
    Financial Administration: $847,000
    Housing & Community Development: $120,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,323,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $303,000
    Transit Utilities: $113,000
    Judicial: $27,000
    Police Protection: $12,000
    Corrections - Other: $3,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $18,701,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $410,000

Van Buren County government finances - Revenue in 2004:

  • Charges - All Other: $12,943,000
    Regular Highways: $269,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Highways: $743,000
    Housing & Community Development: $209,000
    All Other: $27,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $2,940,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $978,000
    Rents: $806,000
    Interest Earnings: $359,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $185,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $14,688,000
    Highways: $7,557,000
    Health & Hospitals: $6,360,000
    Public Welfare: $1,489,000
    General Support: $1,454,000
    Transit Utilities: $601,000
  • Tax - Property: $12,665,000
    NEC: $126,000

Van Buren County government finances - Debt in 2004:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $8,195,000
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $44,292,000
  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Water Utilities: $7,500,000
    Other NEC: $1,364,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $42,662,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $15,270,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $2,994,000
    Water Utilities: $425,000

Van Buren County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2004:

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $55,000
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $20,224,000
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $2,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,935
  • Number of aged recipients: 123
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,812
  • Number of recipients under 18: 281
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,347
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 307
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 746
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 925
Van Buren County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Van Buren County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 16 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 ORIGINATED245$106,094246$144,4021,646$147,916130$54,938337$196,774114$76,579
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED10$113,10025$119,160152$132,50015$14,20020$138,20014$56,429
APPLICATIONS DENIED44$106,02342$129,167600$148,398104$32,83789$190,32663$75,286
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN40$110,20033$124,727332$146,55417$54,82431$191,19417$87,059
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS7$126,2865$213,80067$132,1344$45,25011$226,8189$64,444
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 15 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED26$135,03845$188,6223$162,0001$128,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED20$205,40017$154,1183$154,0001$95,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED7$150,42910$227,7001$90,0000$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$02$291,5000$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$01$115,0000$00$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Van Buren County, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John50375.2 years
Mary40278.5 years
William40074.5 years
Robert36871.5 years
James34770.6 years
Charles30673.6 years
George26077.2 years
Helen22380.4 years
Frank21178.2 years
Dorothy19677.9 years
Most common last names in Van Buren County, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith23776.0 years
Johnson18176.7 years
Williams12073.3 years
Brown11575.2 years
Miller9674.6 years
Davis8174.5 years
Jones6274.0 years
Anderson5577.6 years
White5475.0 years
Clark5273.9 years
Businesses in Van Buren County, MI
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Lane Furniture3
Ace Hardware1Little Caesars Pizza2
Advance Auto Parts1MasterBrand Cabinets6
Arby's1McDonald's7
AutoZone1Menards1
Burger King2Nike1
Chevrolet2Penske1
Comfort Inn1Pizza Hut2
Comfort Suites1Quiznos1
Curves4RadioShack1
DHL1Ramada1
Dairy Queen1Rite Aid2
Decora Cabinetry2Subway7
Econo Lodge1Super 81
FedEx3Taco Bell2
Ford2True Value2
Goodwill1U-Haul4
H&R Block4UPS5
Holiday Inn1Walgreens2
Jimmy John's1Walmart1
Jones New York1Wendy's2
La-Z-Boy1

Van Buren County on our top lists:

  • #74 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #95 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"