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Three Rivers, Michigan
Location of Three Rivers, Michigan
Location of Three Rivers, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County St. Joseph
 • Total 5.81 sq mi (15.06 km2)
 • Land 5.54 sq mi (14.36 km2)
 • Water 0.27 sq mi (0.70 km2)
804 ft (245 m)
 • Total 7,811
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,375.00/sq mi (530.87/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
FIPS code 26-79760
GNIS feature ID 1624987

Three Rivers is a city in St. Joseph County in southwestern Michigan in the United States. The population was 7,811 at the 2010 census.

Three Rivers derives its name from its location at the confluence of the St. Joseph River and two tributaries, the Rocky and Portage rivers. The St. Joseph River flows into Lake Michigan.

The city is the home of St. Gregory's Abbey, a Benedictine monastery of the Episcopal Church, which was established in 1946.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.66 square miles (14.66 km2), of which 5.40 square miles (13.99 km2) is land and 0.26 square miles (0.67 km2) is water.


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Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 957
1870 1,189 24.2%
1880 2,525 112.4%
1890 3,131 24.0%
1900 3,550 13.4%
1910 5,072 42.9%
1920 5,209 2.7%
1930 6,863 31.8%
1940 6,710 −2.2%
1950 6,785 1.1%
1960 7,092 4.5%
1970 7,355 3.7%
1980 7,015 −4.6%
1990 7,413 5.7%
2000 7,328 −1.1%
2010 7,811 6.6%
2019 (est.) 7,623 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
Downtown Three Rivers, MI
Downtown Three Rivers

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $32,460, and the median income for a family was $36,272. Males had a median income of $31,849 versus $23,659 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,279. About 16.2% of families and 19.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.5% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,811 people. The 49093 Three Rivers zip code population as of 2010 stands at just shy of 20,000 people 3,048 households, and 1,862 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,446.5 inhabitants per square mile (558.5/km2). There were 3,519 housing units at an average density of 651.7 per square mile (251.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.6% White, 10.1% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 1.8% from other races, and 4.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.2% of the population.

There were 3,048 households, of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.2% were married couples living together, 19.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.9% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.15.

The median age in the city was 31.5 years. 28.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 21.5% were from 45 to 64; and 12% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.


Public education for Three Rivers and the surrounding area is provided by the Three Rivers Community Schools.

Private schools include Immaculate Conception School and Heartwood Renaissance Academy.

Notable people

  • Neal Ball, first player in Major League Baseball history to pull off an unassisted triple play, played for Three Rivers's semi-pro team in 1901.
  • Harry Blackstone Jr., magician; was born in Three Rivers.
  • Daniel Booko, actor, notable appearances in Disney Channel shows "The Suite Life of Zach and Cody," "Hannah Montana," and "Nickelodeon's iCarly"; was born in Three Rivers.
  • Paul Christy, former professional wrestler; resides in Three Rivers.
  • Charles Collingwood, CBS television news correspondent, was born in Three Rivers.
  • David R. Leitch, Illinois state legislator, was born in Three Rivers.
  • Pete Metzelaars, former NFL player, was born in Three Rivers.
  • Jack Perrin, actor from silent-film era, was born in Three Rivers.
  • Matt Thornton, a retired professional baseball player, was born in Three Rivers.
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