Benton Heights, Michigan

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Population in 2010: 4,084.
Population change since 2000: -25.2%
Males: 2,098  (51.4%)
Females: 1,986  (48.6%)
Median resident age:

27.8 years
Michigan median age:

39.8 years

Zip codes: 49022.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $29,529 (it was $19,651 in 2000)
Benton Heights:

$29,529
MI:

$59,584

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $11,893 (it was $9,959 in 2000)

Benton Heights CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $56,013 (it was $39,500 in 2000)
Benton Heights:

$56,013
MI:

$169,600

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $204,215; detached houses: $215,586; townhouses or other attached units: $226,163; in 2-unit structures: $255,289; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $257,469; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $414,019; mobile homes: $45,537

Median gross rent in 2019: $687.

March 2019 cost of living index in Benton Heights: 80.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 47.1%
(21.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 54.6% for Black residents, 52.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 75.4% for other race residents, 48.8% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Benton Heights, MI (2019)
    • 2,53761.4%Black alone
    • 88521.4%White alone
    • 57614.0%Hispanic
    • 832.0%Two or more races
    • 150.4%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 180.4%Other race alone

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

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Ancestries: American (1.9%), German (1.3%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 630 feet

Land area: 3.84 square miles.

Population density: 1,062 people per square mile   (low).

Benton Heights, Michigan map

125 residents are foreign born (2.1% Latin America, 0.6% Asia).

This place:

3.0%
Michigan:

6.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,139 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $951 (2.1%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: South Bend, IN (32.0 miles , pop. 107,789).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Chicago, IL (67.6 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Benton Harbor, MI (1.3 miles ),
Fair Plain, MI (1.7 miles ),
St. Joseph, MI (1.9 miles ),
Shoreham, MI (2.5 miles ),
Lake Michigan Beach, MI (2.7 miles ),
Coloma, MI (2.7 miles ),
Stevensville, MI (3.0 miles ),
Watervliet, MI (3.0 miles )

Latitude: 42.12 N, Longitude: 86.42 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 269

Distribution of median household income in Benton Heights, MI in 2019
Distribution of house value in Benton Heights, MI in 2019
Benton Heights satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.7%
Michigan:

6.3%
Historical population in Benton Heights, MI
Historical housing units in Benton Heights, MI
Most common industries in Benton Heights, MI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (8.9%)
  • Transportation equipment (8.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.4%)
  • Metal & metal products (6.0%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.1%)
  • Plastics & rubber products (4.7%)
  • Construction (4.6%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (9.9%)
  • Metal & metal products (9.5%)
  • Plastics & rubber products (6.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.0%)
  • Repair & maintenance (5.9%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.9%)
  • Machinery (4.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (13.9%)
  • Transportation equipment (11.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.5%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (7.6%)
  • Social assistance (7.0%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.2%)
  • Educational services (4.9%)
Most common occupations in Benton Heights, MI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (10.1%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (8.9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.9%)
  • Cashiers (6.2%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.5%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (4.3%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (13.9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (11.2%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (7.3%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5.1%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4.1%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.9%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Cashiers (11.5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9.6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (9.1%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (6.3%)
  • Child care workers (6.1%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.3%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.4%)

Average climate in Benton Heights, Michigan

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Benton Heights-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Michigan state average. It is 25% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1956, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 39.4 miles away from the Benton Heights place center killed 18 people and injured 340 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 5/13/1980, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 12.3 miles away from the place center injured 15 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Benton Heights-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Michigan state average. It is 3% 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 265.2 miles away from the city 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 51.4 miles away from Benton Heights 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 240.8 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 265.2 miles away from Benton Heights center
On 7/12/1986 at 08:19:37, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 152.6 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 300.7 miles away from Benton Heights 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 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).
Benton Heights topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Benton Heights:

  • ORCHARD GROVE EXTENDED CARE CE (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; BENTON HARBOR, MI)
  • LAKELAND HOMECARE (Home Health Center, about 3 miles away; BENTON HARBOR, MI)
  • LAKELAND HOSPITAL, ST JOSEPH Acute Care Hospitals (about 4 miles away; ST JOSEPH, MI)
  • HAPPY HOME CARE INC (Home Health Center, about 5 miles away; SAINT JOE, MI)
  • AVONDALE HOME CARE, INC (Home Health Center, about 5 miles away; SAINT JOE, MI)
  • COVENTRY HOUSE INN (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; ST JOSEPH, MI)
  • LIBERTY DIALYSIS AT LAKELAND - ROYALTON (Dialysis Facility, about 6 miles away; SAINT JOSEPH, MI)

Amtrak stations near Benton Heights:

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

Operable nuclear power plants near Benton Heights:

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

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

  • Lake Michigan College (about 3 miles; Benton Harbor, MI; Full-time enrollment: 2,341)
  • Andrews University (about 12 miles; Berrien Springs, MI; FT enrollment: 3,103)
  • University of Notre Dame (about 31 miles; Notre Dame, IN; FT enrollment: 12,214)
  • Indiana University-South Bend (about 33 miles; South Bend, IN; FT enrollment: 5,563)
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College (about 39 miles; Kalamazoo, MI; FT enrollment: 7,369)
  • Western Michigan University (about 43 miles; Kalamazoo, MI; FT enrollment: 20,840)
  • Purdue University-North Central Campus (about 45 miles; Westville, IN; FT enrollment: 3,682)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Benton Heights: Blossom Trails Golf Course (A), Benton Township Police Department (B), Benton Charter Township Fire Department Station 1 Headquarters (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Benton Heights include: House of David (A), Saint Paul Baptist Church (B), Unity Temple Church of God (C), Greater Faith Apostolic Church (D), Highland Avenue Adventist Church (E), Saint John Missionary Baptist Church (F), Saint Matthews Missionary Baptist Church (G), Christian Light Baptist Church (H), Sweet Home Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Benton Heights: Tower Hill Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

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

2.8 people
Michigan:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

66.6%
Whole state:

66.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

8.7%
Whole state:

6.4%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.6% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

People in group quarters in Benton Heights in 2010:

  • 92 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 47 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 18 people in other noninstitutional facilities

People in group quarters in Benton Heights in 2000:

  • 91 people in nursing homes
  • 43 people in other group homes
  • 7 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

For population 15 years and over in Benton Heights:

Marital status in Benton Heights, MI
  • Never married: 53.3%
  • Now married: 27.0%
  • Separated: 1.7%
  • Widowed: 4.9%
  • Divorced: 13.1%

For population 25 years and over in Benton Heights:

  • High school or higher: 69.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.7%
  • Unemployed: 11.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.9 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

13.5
Michigan average:

10.8

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Benton Heights
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Benton Heights, MI (based on Berrien County data)

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-
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: 41
Berrien County:

2.57 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

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

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

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

1.38 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

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

3.01 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 155
Berrien County:

9.73 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

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

10.6%
State:

9.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Berrien County:

29.1%
State:

29.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

11.9%
Michigan:

13.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Benton Heights:

47.4%
Michigan:

50.3%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

43.3%
Michigan:

47.9%

Average BMI:
Benton Heights:

29.7
Michigan:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Benton Heights:

20.5%
Michigan:

20.6%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

12.3%
Michigan:

10.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.7
Michigan:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

35.6%
Michigan:

34.1%

General health condition:
This city:

52.3%
Michigan:

57.0%

Average condition of hearing:
Benton Heights:

80.9%
Michigan:

79.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Benton Heights, MI Residents

4.85% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($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 between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
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)


5.36% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($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%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
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)

Strongest AM radio stations in Benton Heights:

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

Strongest FM radio stations in Benton Heights:

  • WIRX (107.1 FM; ST. JOSEPH, MI; Owner: WSJM, 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)
  • WAUS (90.7 FM; BERRIEN SPRINGS, MI; Owner: ANDREWS BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WYTZ (97.5 FM; BRIDGMAN, MI; Owner: WSJM INC)
  • W216BX (91.1 FM; BENTON HARBOR, MI; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • W210BB (89.9 FM; BENTON HARBOR, MI; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC.)
  • WCSY-FM (98.3 FM; SOUTH HAVEN, MI; Owner: WSJM INC)
  • WZBL (103.7 FM; HARTFORD, 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.)
  • WDOW-FM (92.1 FM; DOWAGIAC, MI; Owner: JASON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WWLV (102.3 FM; NEW CARLISLE, IN; Owner: ARTISTIC MEDIA PARTNERS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Benton Heights:

  • WRDY-LP (Channel 69; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: WEIGEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WYGN-LP (Channel 12; BERRIEN SPRINGS, MI; Owner: GOOD NEWS TELEVISION)
  • WBND-LP (Channel 57; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: WBND-TV LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSJV (Channel 28; ELKHART, IN; Owner: WSJV TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WMWB-LP (Channel 25; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: WMWB-TV LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSBT-TV (Channel 22; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: WSBT, INC.)
  • WNIT (Channel 34; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: MICHIANA PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNDU-TV (Channel 16; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: MICHIANA TELECASTING CORP.)
  • WGBO-TV (Channel 66; JOLIET, IL; Owner: WGBO LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.)
  • WHME-TV (Channel 46; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: LESEA BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
Benton Heights fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
See more detailed statistics of Benton Heights fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2019 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 24Number of bridges
  • 295ft / 89.6mTotal length
  • $1,376,000Total costs
  • 556,449Total average daily traffic
  • 130,137Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges in Benton Heights, MI - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 131960-1969
  • 11990-1999
  • 82000-2009
  • 22010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Benton Heights, MI
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 3 partial 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 ORIGINATED5$71,6768$68,9238$56,9845$23,3524$26,0831$53,120
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$00$02$194,1201$16,2000$00$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED2$96,1604$35,34510$64,22410$16,8352$25,9101$27,220
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$01$51,5103$12,1500$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$01$12,9600$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0021.00 , 0022.00, 0023.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 2 partial tracts)
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$61,220
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0021.00 , 0022.00, 0023.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Benton Heights, MI
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Benton Heights, MI - Value
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Benton Heights, MI
  • 60.5%Utility gas
  • 32.9%Electricity
  • 5.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Benton Heights, MI
  • 86.9%Utility gas
  • 12.1%Electricity
  • 1.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Benton Heights compared to Michigan state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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