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St. Joseph, Michigan
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Clockwise from top: Silver Beach, Main St. Bridge, St. Joseph Downtown, North Pier Inner Lighthouse
Nickname(s): 
St. Joe
Location within Berrien County
Location within Berrien County
St. Joseph, Michigan is located in Michigan
St. Joseph, Michigan
St. Joseph, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Berrien
Incorporated 1834
Government
 • Type Council–manager
Area
 • Total 4.78 sq mi (12.38 km2)
 • Land 3.20 sq mi (8.30 km2)
 • Water 1.58 sq mi (4.08 km2)
Elevation
630 ft (192 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 8,365
 • Estimate 
(2019)
8,317
 • Density 2,596.63/sq mi (1,002.62/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49085
Area code(s) 269
FIPS code 26-70960
GNIS feature ID 0636762

St. Joseph, colloquially known as St. Joe, is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It was incorporated as a village in 1834 and as a city in 1891. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,365. It lies on the shore of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the St. Joseph River, about 90 miles (140 km) east-northeast of Chicago. It is the county seat of Berrien County. It is home of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 2,603
1890 3,733 43.4%
1900 5,155 38.1%
1910 5,936 15.2%
1920 7,251 22.2%
1930 8,349 15.1%
1940 8,963 7.4%
1950 10,223 14.1%
1960 11,755 15.0%
1970 11,042 −6.1%
1980 9,622 −12.9%
1990 9,214 −4.2%
2000 8,789 −4.6%
2010 8,365 −4.8%
2019 (est.) 8,317 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,365 people, 3,933 households, and 1,941 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,597.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,003.0/km2). There were 4,795 housing units at an average density of 1,489.1 per square mile (574.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.1% White, 5.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.4% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.

There were 3,933 households, of which 20.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.5% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.6% were non-families. 43.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 2.74.

The median age in the city was 41.6 years. 16.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.6% were from 25 to 44; 27.2% were from 45 to 64; and 18.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

Education

  • St. Joseph High School (Bears)
  • Upton Middle School
  • Brown Elementary
  • Lincoln Elementary
  • E.P. Clarke Elementary
  • Lake Michigan Catholic (Lakers)
  • Lake Michigan College (Red Hawks)
  • Trinity Lutheran School (Kingsmen)
  • Michigan Lutheran High School (Titans)
  • Grace Lutheran School (Hornets)

Transportation

  • I-94
  • BL I-94
  • I-196 begins just northeast of Benton Harbor–St. Joseph
  • US 31
  • M-63
  • M-139
  • The St. Joseph railway station is serviced daily by Amtrak's Pere Marquette passenger train.
  • Twin Cities Area Transportation Authority (TCATA) provides public transit throughout the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor area. It was originally a dial-a-ride system. More recently, it launched three fixed routes. Only one of those routes, the Red Route, passes through St. Joseph. The other routes are limited to Benton Harbor and its vicinity.
  • The St. Joseph Harbor is a commercial port that receives bulk goods from lake freighters. St. Joseph has two docks within city limits and another dock is located in Benton Harbor. Due to limitations on the depth of the port and lack of dredging funding, the harbor is experiencing a down trend in the amount of tonnage. The 2007 numbers for the port are:
2007 Shipping Report
Shipper Good Number of Vessels Tonnage
Consumers Limestone, sand and slag 27 277,106
Dock 63 Limestone, stone and sand 13 171,187
Lafarge Bulk Cement 27 185,250
Total 67 633,543

Previous year tonnage includes:

Past Tonnage
Year Vessels Tonnage
2000 69 770,189
2001 87 1,118,964
2002 82 665,917
2003 90 794,572
2004 85 767,975

Notable people

  • Marc Bitzer, CEO at Whirlpool Corporation
  • Dave Carlock, record producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
  • Robert J. Warren, President of LECO Corporation
  • Nina Davuluri, Miss New York 2013, Miss America 2014
  • James Frey, writer
  • Harry Gast, farmer and Michigan state legislator
  • Sean Giambrone, actor
  • Michael Joseph Green, Roman Catholic bishop
  • Rob Harbin, Bliss 66 guitarist
  • Doris Keane, actress
  • Jeff M. Fettig, Ex-CEO of Whirlpool Corporation
  • Benjamin Franklin King Jr., humorist and writer
  • Amy Robach, news anchor, ABC's Good Morning America
  • Rachel Renee Russell, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling children's book series, Dork Diaries
  • Roger Craig Smith, voice actor
  • Fred Upton, politician (U.S. House of Representatives)
  • Frederick Upton, Senior Vice President of Whirlpool Corporation
  • Louis Upton, Founder of Whirlpool Corporation
  • Kate Upton, supermodel
  • Karen Ziemba, actress, singer, and dancer

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