Chikaming, MI


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Chikaming, MI

About Chikaming, MI

Chikaming, Michigan is a small town located near the shores of Lake Michigan in Southwest Michigan. It is a peaceful, rural community that has a population of just over 1,000 people. The town offers a variety of outdoor activities such as fishing and hiking along the lake, while also providing plenty of opportunities to explore the nearby towns and cities. There are several local restaurants and cafes where residents can enjoy some traditional Midwest cuisine, as well as many shops for you to browse through and find something unique. Whether it be catching up on the local gossip or just relaxing by the lake, Chikaming provides a true sense of community for its residents. Small city complex - Southwestern Michigan along the Lake Michigan shore and Indiana border.

State: Michigan
County: Berrien County
Metro Area: Niles Metro Area
City: Chikaming
Zip Codes: 49125 49115 49116
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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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Chikaming Cost of Living
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Nearby beaches, cost of living, and healthcare make Chikaming a great place to live.

$368,100
+8.1% higher than avg
$76,688
+10.0% higher than avg
$730 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-57.3% lower than avg
Chikaming Crime
25.7 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
Minimum annual income
To live comfortably in Chikaming, Michigan
$70,560
for a family
$30,000
for a single person
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