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There’s something for everyone in St. Joseph County!

Located in southwest Michigan on the state’s central border with Indian, St. Joseph County, with its majestic navigable rivers and beautiful wide-open spaces, offers endless hours of enjoyment and serenity for both families and businesses. Warm, friendly neighbors will greet you warmly as they pass in the county’s quaint historic villages and towns. Consider yourself invited to antique and Amish markets, lakes, parks, golf courses, campgrounds, festivals and year-round events—all just a hop, skip and quick car ride two hours from Chicago and Detroit!

Wondering what to do? Visit the historic Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers for eclectic, live and movie events.  Stroll hand-in-hand along the water or launch a boat at Reed Riverside Park in Mendon.  Check out who’s splashing around at Klinger Lake. Play disc golf or go tubing at Meyer Broadway Park – just make sure you’re dressed for the right season!

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Location

You know the saying: It’s all about “Location. Location. Location.” We’re proud to say that Southwest Michigan is strategically located halfway between Chicago and Detroit – exactly. Plus, you can get to the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan from anywhere in the region in less than a 45-minute drive! It’s safe to say there’s a bucket list of things for you to do within a short drive.

Cost of Living

St. Joseph County boasts an overall cost of living of 77.2, or 77.2% of the national average. The housing cost of living in the county is nearly half of the national average, at 53.7, and as healthcare becomes a growing concern for Americans across the country, St. Joseph County residents rest easily with a health cost of living of 79.2. (Bestplaces.net, 2021).

Climate

Southwest Michigan is a land of four seasons. We experience winter, spring, summer and fall – something not every community can boast.

In the winter, it snows! But we don’t let that stop us from getting to work, school or having a great time. In fact, a lot of Michiganders embrace our snowy winters by grabbing their sleds and sliding down the slopes at Echo Valley or their snowboards or skis and heading to one of our regional ski resorts like Timber Ridge or Bittersweet. Not into skiing? Learn something new like ice skating, snow shoeing or even ice fishing!

Here’s our real secret weapon: summer in Southwest Michigan is better than anywhere else on earth. There’s nothing like summer in Southwest Michigan. We have beautiful lakes at every turn, including Lake Michigan where every little harbor town comes to life, bustling with festivals, outdoor seating at favorite restaurants and more.