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Benton Harbor is a city in Berrien County.

The community was named for Sen. Thomas Hart Benton; once known as Bronson Harbor, and derisively as Bungtown Harbor

The latitude of Benton Harbor is 42.116N. The longitude is -86.454W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 591 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 11,010.


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Median household income
Local
$17,471
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Benton Harbor demographic reports
Benton Harbor is on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the St. Joseph River
Former and merged names include:
· Brunson Harbor
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 321. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 29 per 1,000 people.
Benton Harbor received national attention for June 2003 rioting, which broke out after the death of a black motorcyclist who crashed while being chased by police
Well-known residents have included:
· Sinbad, comedian, actor
· Arte Johnson, comedian
· Julie Krone, jockey
Historic sites and museums: Mary's City of David Museum
Colleges and universities: Lake Michigan College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)

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2% of Benton Harbor residents report German ancestry, and 1% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Benton Harbor ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Benton Harbor was $8,965, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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4% of Benton Harbor residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Benton Harbor, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $353.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $614.


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Libraries in Benton Harbor include Benton Harbor Public Library ... View libraries

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Berrien County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Benton Harbor political report.

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The average commute time for Benton Harbor workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Benton Harbor between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Benton Harbor include Best Western Twin City, Comfort Suites Benton Harbor, Courtyard by Marriott, Days Inn - Benton Harbor, Holiday Inn Express, Motel 6, Red Roof Inn, Super 8.

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Benton Harbor, MI

Pros: Central access to other lager cities...

Cons: "Small town with big city problems...

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