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The City of New Buffalo had a population of 1,862 as of July 1, 2021.

The primary coordinate point for New Buffalo is located at latitude 41.7939 and longitude -86.7439 in Berrien County. The formal boundaries for the City of New Buffalo encompass a land area of 2.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Berrien County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 623 feet.

The City of New Buffalo 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 New Buffalo: Buffalo.

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New Buffalo, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 1,862 (100%)
Population in Households 1,859 (99.8%)
Population in Families 1,351 (72.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 3 ( 0.2%)
Population Density 755
Diversity Index2 24


Median Household Income $52,720
Average Household Income $85,075
% of Income for Mortgage4 24%
Per Capita Income $39,926
Wealth Index5 111


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,696 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 648 (38.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 238 (14.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 810 (47.8%)
Median Home Value $300,885
Average Home Value $418,634
Housing Affordability Index3 104


Total Households 886
Average Household Size 2.1
Family Households 491
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population -0.09% -0.18%
Households 0.06% -0.09%
Families -0.09% -0.29%
Median Household Income   2.5%
Per Capita Income   2.86%
Owner Occupied HU   0.15%

New Buffalo, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares New Buffalo to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 313 55th
Population Density # 426 39th
Median Household Income # 333 52nd
Housing Affordability Index # 27 4th
Per Capita Income # 90 87th
Diversity Index # 207 71st

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