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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Dowagiac is a town in Michigan with a population of 5,812. Dowagiac is in Cass County. Living in Dowagiac offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Dowagiac and residents tend to lean conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$67,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$577
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Dowagiac Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    2%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    6%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    39%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%

Working in Dowagiac

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$30,023
National
$55,322

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Dowagiac Reviews

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Dowagiac is a small town located in Southwest Michigan. It's usually pretty quiet. The population averages around 5,000. The town offers a variety of fast food places, a few nice family restaraunts, an out-door theatre five miles outside of the city limits, a community college, hospital, 3 banks and two credit unions, retail shops, hair salons, barber shops, and hardware stores. It has many businesses, too many to list. The town is family oriented and neighbor friendly. There are many lakes in or around Dowagiac. Outdoor recreation is very popular in our area.
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I like that it is a small town and it isn't too busy! I like that the downtown has a little bit of everything, family pizza parlor, chinese restaurant, bakery/groomer for pets, antique shops, a theater for plays, a nice library, and many places to eat at!
Dowagiac is my hometown and it always will be. I have all my family here and it's a great place to raise my family. My three boys all go to Dowagiac schools, and since I've went to them, I feel very comfortable with my children there. I have so many memories in this town from going to Village Market with my Grandma and pushing their "tiny little kid carts" around with her, to getting my first job, to getting married in Dowagiac, and raising my children with my husband at my side.

I do wish they would stop putting up statues all over the town and actually put a nice good park, or a splash pad, something that will give the kids something fun to do.