Berrien Springs, Michigan

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Berrien Springs is a village in Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,862 at the 2000 census. The village is located within Oronoko Charter Township. Berrien Springs is best known for its Seventh-day Adventist community and Andrews University. Reflecting the town's population, many of the businesses in town are closed on Saturdays.



Berrien Springs, like Berrien County, is named for John M. Berrien; "Springs" was added after mineral springs were discovered in the area. Berrien Springs was the county seat until 1894, when St. Joseph became county seat.[3] The Berrien Springs post office opened with the name Berrien on December 4, 1832 and changed to Berrien Springs on April 18, 1836.[4]

Muhammad Ali owns an estate in the Berrien Springs area.[5][6] NFL defensive lineman Regan Upshaw was born in Berrien Springs in 1975.[citation needed]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (7.14%) is water. The village is situated on the St. Joseph River.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,862 people, 732 households, and 475 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,059.6 per square mile (798.8/km²). There were 787 housing units at an average density of 870.5/sq mi (337.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 77.12% White, 11.06% African American, 0.43% Native American, 4.03% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 4.30% from other races, and 2.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.92% of the population.

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