C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    D+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$47,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$563
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    66%
  • Own
    34%

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    1,458
    0
  • Murder
    30
    0
  • Rape
    130
    41
  • Robbery
    639
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,209
    1
  • Theft
    2,647
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    160
    0

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$18,085
National
$53,889
Children
28%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    2%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    3%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    38%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    29%
    13%
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Benton Harbor Reviews

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I love the access to the beach and the waterfront. This city is located right on the Saint Joseph River and connected to St Joseph attractions; children’s museum, . I love the fact that the air is clear of smog. This is a very small city with a big heart. Very family oriented with but limited amenities and almost no night life. The amenities are primarily limited. Fishing is abundantly sufficient. If you are looking for a boat ride and place to launch for a day cruise this is you city. The significant drawback for me was the fact that a liquor store exists in almost every remote area of the city which could fuel criminal activity. The city is also home to any miscreants from the federal prison system; sex offenders, pedophiles and other law offenders. They seem to be isolated to spots near the parole office in that city. But overall the city remains quiet.
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Benton Harbor can be a nice little city if the residents would take more pride in it. I was born and raised here and I have seen it while it was still at its best and now at what I would believe to be its worst. There are nice homes here but there are also a lot of run down homes here. The city does seem to be trying to revive the city and clean it up as far as tearing down abandoned houses and buildings and bringing in new business to the city. I would like to see more things for the youth to do here though. Besides the boys and girls club, there is really nothing else for the youth to do within the city. I just believe if the residents take as much pride in the city as the surrounding cities does, it would be a much better place to live.
I have lived in Benton Harbor all my life, and I love my town. There are many places to shop near the mall, and currently downtown is being revitalized. There are many nice neighborhoods in Benton Harbor, such as Fairplain, where you can go down to Carronade Park, which is on the river. There are also nice beaches and many jobs created by companies like Whirlpool.