Berrien, MI

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Berrien, MI

About Berrien, MI

Living in Berrien, MI is an incredible experience. The town has a small-town vibe with friendly people, plenty of local shops and restaurants, and a great community spirit. There are plenty of outdoor activities to take part in such as hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and swimming. The cost of living is quite reasonable compared to other parts of the state and there are lots of job opportunities around the area. No matter what you're looking for in a place to live, Berrien has something for everyone! Small city complex - Southwestern Michigan along the Lake Michigan shore and Indiana border.

State: Michigan
County: Berrien County
Metro Area: Niles Metro Area
City: Berrien
Zip Codes: 49102
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 623 ft above sea level

Southwestern Michigan is known for excellent agriculture with fruit, vegetable and flower growing and a notable Dutch influence. It is also known for its Lake Michigan shore beaches, dunes and state parks. These beach areas are known around the Midwest for their sandy, almost Southern California-like beaches and summer recreation.

Niles is a small and fairly nondescript light manufacturing town three miles north of the Indiana border and only 15 miles from South Bend, and along the South Shore line to Chicago (but too far to commute regularly downtown for work).

Benton Harbor, and its twin city St. Joseph, were originally an agricultural port for the area but have become somewhat declining industrial and commercial cities with considerable poverty and decay. Tourism is a plus for the area as a whole. Cost of living is very reasonable. On the whole, the area has a number of positives but also some rough edges.

The area contains mostly level to gently rolling terrain inland with areas of deciduous forest. The climate is mostly continental with moderation from Lake Michigan including fewer temperature extremes, later and cooler springs, and longer and warmer falls than much of the rest of the state. Summer days are pleasantly warm, with lake breezes and a few weeks of hot, humid weather. Most summer nights are comfortable. Winters are cloudy with strong northwesterly winds and occasionally heavy lake-effect snows. Prolonged cold waves are infrequent but below-zero temperatures are fairly common. First freeze is early October, last is late April.

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Berrien Cost of Living

Nearby beaches, cost of living, and healthcare make Berrien a great place to live.

-29.6% lower than avg
-27.0% lower than avg
$740 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-55.1% lower than avg
Berrien Crime
21.3 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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