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Bridgman, Michigan
Downtown Bridgman along Lake Street
Downtown Bridgman along Lake Street
Location within Berrien County
Location within Berrien County
Bridgman, Michigan is located in Michigan
Bridgman, Michigan
Bridgman, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Berrien
 • Type City council
 • Total 2.92 sq mi (7.57 km2)
 • Land 2.89 sq mi (7.49 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
679 ft (207 m)
 • Total 2,291
 • Estimate 
 • Density 764.60/sq mi (295.25/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 269
FIPS code 26-10580
GNIS feature ID 0621967

Bridgman is a city in Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,291 at the time of the 2010 census.


There was a place in this area known as Plummer's Pier. In 1856 lumbermen founded Charlotteville in this area.

Bridgman itself begins with the village of that name platted by George C. Bridgman in 1870. It was centered on a railroad station opened that year.

The Bridgman post office, with ZIP code 49106 opened with the name "Laketon" on November 11, 1862. The name changed to Bridgman on April 9, 1874. Bridgman later expanded by annexing the area that had previously been Charlotteville. The town is famous for being the location of a clandestine communist planning meeting in 1922 that was broken up by federal agents and local authorities.

Weko Beach

Weko Beach is one of the key attractions of Bridgman. It is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan and is connected to Warren Dunes State Park on its South border. Visitors can walk from Weko Beach into Warren Dunes State Park, nearly three consecutive miles of beach.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.93 square miles (7.59 km2), of which 2.90 square miles (7.51 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 194
1930 848
1940 774 −8.7%
1950 977 26.2%
1960 1,454 48.8%
1970 1,621 11.5%
1980 2,235 37.9%
1990 2,140 −4.3%
2000 2,428 13.5%
2010 2,291 −5.6%
2019 (est.) 2,212 −3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,291 people, 954 households, and 608 families living in the city. The population density was 790.0 inhabitants per square mile (305.0/km2). There were 1,183 housing units at an average density of 407.9 per square mile (157.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.3% White, 1.1% African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.

There were 954 households, of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.3% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 44.3 years. 22.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.6% were from 25 to 44; 28.6% were from 45 to 64; and 20.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

Notable people

  • Herbert S. Gutowsky, chemist
  • Ralf Mojsiejenko, German-born NFL player
  • Jerry Planutis, NFL player; coach for the Michigan State Spartans and Bridgman High School

See also

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