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"Cereal Bowl of the World"

Battle Creek is a city in Calhoun County.

So named because of 1825 skirmish between Indians and surveying party

The latitude of Battle Creek is 42.321N. The longitude is -85.179W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 840 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 53,827.


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Median household income
Local
$35,491
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Battle Creek demographic reports
Battle Creek is at the confluence of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo rivers
Settled in 1855 by a religious group which later organized as the Seventh-Day Adventists

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and C.W. Post, names now known for cereal, headed health sanitoria here

Public transportation: Battle Creek Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 691. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 12.8 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Will Kellogg, cereal manufacturer
· Jason Newsted, bassist with Metallica
· Sojourner Truth, abolitionist
Local festivals include:
  • Cereal Festival - June 7-10, 2007
Dates often change. Check Battle Creek web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra
Sports teams: Southwest Michigan Devil Rays (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Kimball House Museum
Colleges and universities: Kellogg Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 69

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Battle Creek demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Calhoun County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Battle Creek area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 49016 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

17% of Battle Creek residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Battle Creek ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Battle Creek was $18,424, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

17% of Battle Creek residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Battle Creek, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $419.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $749.


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Libraries in Battle Creek include Willard Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Battle Creek include Battle Creek Enquirer

TV stations in Battle Creek include WOTV, WZPX.

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Calhoun County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Battle Creek political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Battle Creek workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 20 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Battle Creek between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.

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