Sodus, MI

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Sodus, MI

About Sodus, MI

Living in Sodus, MI is a truly unique experience. This small town of just over 500 people is located in the St. Joseph River Valley, making it an ideal spot for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Here, you can find peace and quiet amongst beautiful rolling hills, winding creeks, and lush forests. Despite its size, there is plenty to do here – you can explore the local shops and restaurants downtown or take an outdoor adventure at one of the nearby parks or nature preserves. In Sodus, MI you are sure to find serenity and a great community spirit that makes this town so special. Small city complex - Southwestern Michigan along the Lake Michigan shore and Indiana border.

State: Michigan
County: Berrien County
Metro Area: Niles Metro Area
City: Sodus
Zip Codes: 49126
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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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Sodus Cost of Living

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

-63.6% lower than avg
-2.7% lower than avg
$870 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-32.0% lower than avg
Sodus Crime
26.5 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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