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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Berrien County is located in Michigan with a population of 154,948. Berrien County is one of the best places to live in Michigan. In Berrien County, most residents own their homes. In Berrien County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Berrien County and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Berrien County are above average.
Population
154,948

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$140,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$709
National
$949
Area Feel
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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Berrien County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    466.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    116.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    100.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    509.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,914.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    186.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Berrien County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$47,132
National
$55,322

Berrien County Reviews

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It was a great place to grow up. Living in St Joseph for my entire childhood through high school, I was able to really get to know the community and enjoy what the area had to offer (beaches, hiking, boating, etc...). However, the town is SMALL. The nearest Target just closed and in a lot of cases, everybody know everybody.
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I love this area in St Joseph Michigan. There are many amenities in this area. The sand dunes, the beach (Lake Michigan), hiking trails, restaurants, festivals, shopping areas and many more. I would like more development in the lower income areas.
I love everything about Berrien County, specifically Berrien Springs. I was born and raised here so I have a deep connection to the town. There's nothing I love more and am more proud of than my Michigan heritage that I have gotten thanks to Berrien Springs. It's a wonderful, safe, and diverse community to grow up in, and I will always hold this place dear to my heart.