Berrien County is located in southwest Michigan. The County Seat is St. Joseph and the largest city is Niles. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.berriencounty.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 155,233 and the 2010 census population was 156,817. The land area is 567.75 square miles and there are 276.2 persons per square mile.
79.8% of the population is White, 15.4% is Black or African American, 5% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.8% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.3% is two or more races. 87.4% have a high school degree or higher, and 24.2% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $129,300, there are 60,414 households, an average of 2.51 persons per household. The per capita income is $24,013, the median household income is $43,633, and 17.5% of the persons in Berrien County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 13,864. Retail sales (in $1000) were $1,622,828, and sales per capita were $10,150. The percentage of black-owned firms is 8.9%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 28.7%.
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