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 4,538 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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South Haven, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 4,538
Daytime Population: Workers 4,356
Daytime Population: Residents 2,618
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 6,974
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.54
Population in Households 4,393
Population in Familes 3,237
Population in Group Qrtrs 145
Population Density2 1,330
Diversity Index3 38


Median Household Income $45,157
Average Household Income $68,006
Per Capita Income $31,099


Total Housing Units 3,395 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,229 (36.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 784 (23.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,382 (40.7%)
Median Home Value $217,059
Average Home Value $294,634


Total Households 2,013
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 1,143
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.15% 0.08%
Households 0.16% 0.05%
Families -0.08% -0.11%
Median Household Income   2.65%
Per Capita Income   2.71%

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, 2017 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 Density # 244 65th
Diversity Index # 100 86th
Median Household Income # 370 47th
Per Capita Income # 132 81st

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