Benton Harbor, MI Profile: Facts & Data


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Benton Harbor, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Benton Harbor had a population of 9,683 as of July 1, 2018. Benton Harbor ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Benton Harbor is located at latitude 42.1142 and longitude -86.4468 in Berrien County. The formal boundaries for the City of Benton Harbor (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.43 sq. miles and a water area of 0.25 sq. miles. Berrien County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 594 feet.

The City of Benton Harbor (GNIS ID: 1625919) 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Benton Harbor: Bemon Harbor.

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Benton Harbor, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 9,683
Population in Households 9,449
Population in Familes 7,506
Population in Group Qrtrs 234
Population Density2 2,187
Diversity Index3 28


Median Household Income $20,672
Average Household Income $31,349
Per Capita Income $11,598


Total Housing Units 4,329 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,073 (24.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,338 (54.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 918 (21.2%)
Median Home Value $59,718
Average Home Value $88,723


Total Households 3,411
Average Household Size 2.77
Family Households 2,202
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.44% -0.31%
Households -0.48% -0.32%
Families -0.71% -0.45%
Median Household Income   3.15%
Per Capita Income   3.34%

Benton Harbor, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Benton Harbor to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 107 85th
Population Density # 121 83rd
Diversity Index # 158 77th
Median Household Income # 690 0th
Per Capita Income # 691 0th

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