South Haven, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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South Haven, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of South Haven had a population of 4,534 as of July 1, 2016. South Haven ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for South Haven is located at latitude 42.4015 and longitude -86.2671 in Van Buren County. The formal boundaries for the City of South Haven (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.41 sq. miles and a water area of 0.09 sq. miles. Van Buren County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 614 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of South Haven are located in Van Buren County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Allegan County.

The City of South Haven (GNIS ID: 1627098) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with South Haven population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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South Haven, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 4,534
Population in Households 4,389
Population in Familes 3,244
Population in Group Qrtrs 145
Population Density1 1,329
Diversity Index2 39


Total Households 2,020
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 1,153
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,418 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,246 (36.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 773 (22.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,398 (40.9%)
Median Home Value $197,846
Average Home Value $286,687


Median Household Income $43,572
Average Household Income $65,572
Per Capita Income $30,125
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.16% 0.13%
Households 0.24% 0.15%
Families 0.04% 0.0%
Median Household Income   1.06%
Per Capita Income   2.05%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

South Haven, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South Haven to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 187 73rd
Population Density1 # 243 65th
Diversity Index2 # 97 86th
Median Household Income # 359 48th
Per Capita Income # 123 82nd

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