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Dowagiac, Michigan

  •   State: 
    Cass County
      County all: 
    Cass | Van Buren | Berrien
      County FIPS: 
    26027 | 26159 | 26021
    41°59′03″N 86°06′31″W
      Area total: 
    4.53 sq mi (11.74 km²)
      Area land: 
    4.45 sq mi (11.53 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.08 sq mi (0.20 km²)
    761 ft (232 m)
    1848; Incorporated 1863 (village) 1877 (city)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Dowagiac, Cass County, Michigan, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,284.75 residents per square mile of area (496.05/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Dowagiac is a city in Cass County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The city name comes from the Potawatomi word dewje'og meaning "fishing [near home] water" Dowagiac was the final destination for the first group of orphans brought to the Midwest from New York City on the Orphan Train in 1854. It is part of the South BendMishawaka, IN-MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of the city was 5,879 at the 2010 census, and the city has a total area of 4.54 square miles (11.76 km²) The city is located at the corner of four townships: Wayne Township, LaGrange Township, Pokagon Township, and Silver Creek Township. It was first platted in 1848, incorporated as a village in 1863, and as a city as a town in 1877. The town is the headquarters of the Pokagon Band of Potawaatomi Indians and is also contained within the reservation. It has a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Michigan's exceptional natural habitats and extraordinary and endangered plants and animals. It also has a 235-acre (0.95 km) Woods Nature Sanctuary, commonly referred to as Dowagiak Woods, which is located in Cass, a county-wide conservation area. The Dowgiac River flows from the stream which rises as the "Dowgiac Drain" in central Decatur Township in southern Van Buren County, Michigan.


Dowagiac gained national attention in June 1964 after police began investigating multiple reports of what became known as the Dewey Lake Monster. Dowagiac was the final destination for the first group of orphans brought to the Midwest from New York City on the Orphan Train. It was first platted in 1848 and incorporated as a village in 1863 and as a city in 1877. It is located on the banks of the Ohio River, which runs through the center of the city. The town has a population of about 2,000 people, with the majority of its residents living in the central part of the town. The city is home to the Ohio State University, which was founded in 1847. It also has the University of Illinois at Chicago, which opened in 1852. The village was incorporated as an independent city in 1863, and as an incorporated town in 1876. It became a city again in the late 19th century, when it was incorporated again as a incorporated town. In 1877, the city was given its current name by the city council. It has been the site of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize marijuana in the state of Ohio in the 1970s and 1980s. It's also the location of the National Museum of American History, which is located in the town's central part. The U.N. World Heritage Site, which dates back to 1788, is located at the base of the village's tallest peak, at the top of the hill.


The Dowagiac River flows from the stream which rises as the "Dowagiac Drain" in central Decatur Township in southern Van Buren County, Michigan. It is joined first by the "Red Run" and then by the 'Lake of the Woods Drain' before entering Wayne Township in Cass County. North of the city of Dowagiak, the river passes through the 'Dowageiac Swamp' The city has a total area of 4.54 square miles (11.76 km²) of which 4.46 square miles is land and 0.08 sq miles (0.21km²) is water. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the city's population to be 4.4 million. The city is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula and in the southern portion of the Upper Great Lakes region of the United States. The population was 4.6 million at the 2010 United States Census, up from 4.3 million in the 1990s. It has an estimated population of 4,500 (4,500 at the 2000 Census). The city's area is 4.55 square miles, or 11.55 km², with 0.21 square miles of land and 1.02 square miles as water. It lies in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, which is the state's most populated region. The area is also home to the Dowageiac Woods Nature Sanctuary, a 235-acre forest. The sanctuary is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Michigan's exceptional natural habitats.


As of the census of 2010, there were 5,879 people, 2,337 households, and 1,463 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 73.5% White, 14.3% African American, 3.0% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 2.4% from other races, and 6.1% from two or more races. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.14. The city's median income was $29,926, and the median income for a family was $33,443. In the city, the population was spread out, with 28.1%. under the age of 18, 9.7%. from 18 to 24, 27.4%. from 25 to 44, 19.4. from 45 to 64, and 15.4! who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there are 91.8 males. For each 100 females age 18 and over, there is 85.4 males. The per capita income for the city is $16,659. About 25.6% of those under 18 and 12.8%. of those aged 65 or over are living below the poverty line. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the city's population at 6,147 in 2010. In 2000, the city had a population of 2,631, with 2,421 households.


Dowagiac Municipal Airport has a 4,700-foot (1,400 m) long paved runway for private pilots. Dowagiac DART began service in June 1975 with a three-bus fleet. The city is at the junction of M-51 and M-62. Amtrak trains with daily service to Chicago and Detroit are available in the city. Also, this historical train depot is where the first orphans from the orphan train were dropped off and adopted. In its former life, the building was originally a Michigan Central, and later a Penn Central, train station. The building has been preserved and is maintained by the City of Dowagiak. It is located at 200 Depot Drive in the downtown area. The service is provided by the city administration and is operated from a multi-modal terminal located on an Amtrak line. There is no public library in the town, but there is a branch of the Ypsilanti Public Library in the nearby town of Ypsilon. The town is home to the Michigan Museum of History and Science, which was founded in 1872. The museum is located in the former Michigan Central depot, which has been converted into a museum and museum. It has a collection of Michigan State and Michigan State University artifacts, including the original Michigan Central and Penn Central Railroad passenger cars. It also has a Michigan State Museum of Art, which dates back to the 18th century. It was the home of the Michigan Central Railroad, which opened in 1876.


Dowagiac is served by the Dowagiac Union School District. Southwestern Michigan College is a two-year school that offers on-campus housing. The district is home to the following schools: Justus Gage Elementary, Kincheloe Elementary, Patrick Hamilton Elementary, Sister Lakes Elementary and Dowagiak Union High School. The school district is part of the Saginaw County School District, which is also home to Saginau County Community and Technical College, which offers a variety of programs. The high school is located in the district's downtown area. The elementary school is in the town's center. The middle school and high school are in the city's downtown. The town's high school was founded in 1876. It is named after a local pioneer, William "William" Dowgiac. It was the first high school in the state of Michigan to open its doors in 1878. The current high school opened in 1881. It has been in the same district since 1883. It also has a middle school, high school, and a junior high. It closed in the 1970s and reopened in the 1990s. It now has a high school and junior high school. The community is also the home of Saginawa County Community College. The college offers two years of on- campus housing. It offers a number of programs, including a women's studies program and a health care program. The city's senior citizens live in a community center that is open to the public.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Dowagiac, Cass County, Michigan = 38.5. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 60. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 98. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Dowagiac = 3.5 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 5,721 individuals with a median age of 35.3 age the population dropped by -4.78% in Dowagiac, Cass County, Michigan population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,284.75 residents per square mile of area (496.05/km²). There are average 2.36 people per household in the 2,360 households with an average household income of $33,400 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 11.20% of the available work force and has dropped -8.42% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 11.96%. The number of physicians in Dowagiac per 100,000 population = 31.9.


The annual rainfall in Dowagiac = 38.7 inches and the annual snowfall = 67 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 120. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 171. 84 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 15.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 47, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Dowagiac, Cass County, Michigan which are owned by the occupant = 54.79%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 59 years with median home cost = $70,290 and home appreciation of -1.18%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $9.69 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,911 per student. There are 19.8 students for each teacher in the school, 333 students for each Librarian and 444 students for each Counselor. 8.41% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 8.67% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 3.07% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Dowagiac's population in Cass County, Michigan of 4,151 residents in 1900 has increased 1,38-fold to 5,721 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.51% female residents and 48.49% male residents live in Dowagiac, Cass County, Michigan.

    As of 2020 in Dowagiac, Cass County, Michigan are married and the remaining 52.65% are single population.

  • 19.7 minutes is the average time that residents in Dowagiac require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    78.19% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 13.56% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool and 4.00% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Dowagiac, Cass County, Michigan, 54.79% are owner-occupied homes, another 35.82% are rented apartments, and the remaining 9.39% are vacant.

  • The 25.45% of the population in Dowagiac, Cass County, Michigan who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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