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Constantine, Michigan
Main Street, Old U.S. 131 through town
Main Street, Old U.S. 131 through town
Location of Constantine, Michigan
Location of Constantine, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County St. Joseph
 • Total 1.78 sq mi (4.61 km2)
 • Land 1.62 sq mi (4.19 km2)
 • Water 0.16 sq mi (0.42 km2)
787 ft (240 m)
 • Total 2,076
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,305.50/sq mi (504.16/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 26-17840
GNIS feature ID 1624472

Constantine is a village in St. Joseph County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,076 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Constantine Township. U.S. Highway 131 (Main Street in the village) leads to Kalamazoo to the north and to the Indiana Toll Road six miles to the south. The St. Joseph River, navigable from source to outlet, passes through the village, emptying in Lake Michigan to the west.

The telephone provider is Verizon and the electric provider is AEP Indiana Michigan Power. Located in an agricultural area, Constantine is known as the Seed Corn Capital of the World, as both Monsanto and Pioneer having their biggest facilities located here.

Constantine is the birthplace of Harry Hill Bandholtz, a US brigadier general in World War I and head of the US Military Mission to Hungary.

Constantine has its own public high school, home of the Falcons.


The village was platted in 1831 at the St. Joseph River's confluence with the Fawn River, where three families had settled. Constantine was named for the Roman emperor Constantine the Great. A gristmill, the first in the county to run by water, had been built there in 1830.


Corner at Constantine, MI, USA.
Constantine, MI, USA.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.77 square miles (4.58 km2), of which 1.61 square miles (4.17 km2) is land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 760
1860 879 15.7%
1870 1,290 46.8%
1880 1,405 8.9%
1890 1,346 −4.2%
1900 1,226 −8.9%
1910 1,244 1.5%
1920 1,277 2.7%
1930 1,259 −1.4%
1940 1,384 9.9%
1950 1,514 9.4%
1960 1,710 12.9%
1970 1,733 1.3%
1980 1,680 −3.1%
1990 2,032 21.0%
2000 2,095 3.1%
2010 2,076 −0.9%
2019 (est.) 2,111 1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,076 people, 728 households, and 522 families living in the village. The population density was 1,289.4 inhabitants per square mile (497.8/km2). There were 829 housing units at an average density of 514.9 per square mile (198.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 91.5% White, 1.8% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 2.4% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.3% of the population.

There were 728 households, of which 45.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.3% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.27.

The median age in the village was 31.2 years. 31.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.2% were from 25 to 44; 22% were from 45 to 64; and 8.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

Arts and culture


Old pharmacy in Constantine, MI, USA.
Old pharmacy built in 1877, Constantine, MI, USA.

John S. Barry, the fourth and eighth Governor of Michigan resided in Constantine. Barry's home, the Governor John S. Barry House, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1972.

Notable people

  • Harry Hill Bandholtz, US brigadier general in World War I and head of the US Military Mission to Hungary, was born here.
  • John S. Barry (1802–1870), fourth and eighth governor of Michigan
  • George J. Sweetland (1872–1954) physician, athletic administrator and college coach
  • Joseph R. Williams (1808-1861), first President of Michigan Agricultural College, later to become Michigan State University. He was also the 14th Lt. Governor of Michigan in 1861.

See also

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