Benton Harbor, Michigan Population 2020

9,742

Benton Harbor is a city located in Michigan. With a 2020 population of 9,742, it is the 94th largest city in Michigan and the 3156th largest city in the United States. Benton Harbor is currently declining at a rate of -0.43% annually and its population has decreased by -2.95% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 10,038 in 2010. Benton Harbor reached it's highest population of 19,136 in 1960. Spanning over 5 miles, Benton Harbor has a population density of 2,224 people per square mile.

The average household income in Benton Harbor is $30,060 with a poverty rate of 46.86%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $653 per month, and the median house value is $66,100. The median age in Benton Harbor is 32.9 years, 31.6 years for males, and 34.6 years for females. For every 100 females there are 89.6 males.

Benton Harbor Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Benton Harbor was:

  • Black or African American: 85.60%
  • White: 10.39%
  • Two or more races: 3.50%
  • Other race: 0.31%
  • Asian: 0.19%
  • Native American: 0.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Benton Harbor, Michigan is 9,742, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 9,826.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 10,038.

Benton Harbor, Michigan Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020153,699-221-0.14%
2019153,920-221-0.14%
2018154,141-221-0.14%
2017154,362-111-0.07%
2016154,473-598-0.39%
2015155,071-918-0.59%
2014155,989-149-0.10%
2013156,138-488-0.31%
2012156,626-249-0.16%
2011156,8751330.08%
2010156,7420.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American8,49285.60%
White1,03110.39%
Two or More Races3473.50%
Some Other Race310.31%
Asian190.19%

Benton Harbor Population Pyramid 2020

Benton Harbor Median Age

32.9


Total

31.6


Male

34.6


Female

Benton Harbor Adults

There are 6,970 adults, (1,061 of whom are seniors) in Benton Harbor.

Benton Harbor Age Dependency

67.9

Age Dependency Ratio

18

Old Age Dependency Ratio

49.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Benton Harbor Sex Ratio

Female

5,232

52.74%

Male

4,688

47.26%

Benton Harbor Households and Families

Benton Harbor Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Benton Harbor Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married63.8%36.2%
Male50.4%49.6%
All32.7%67.3%
Non Family24.8%75.2%
Female20.1%79.9%

32.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All4,1892.3432.7
Non Family1,7761.1424.8
Female1,3163.3320.1
Married8273.1463.8
Male2702.9950.4

3.1

Average Family Size

2.34

Average Household Size

7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.9%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Benton Harbor Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4427.35%
9th to 12th Grade1,07617.89%
High School Graduate2,32138.60%
Some College1,33922.27%
Associates Degree4066.75%
Bachelors Degree2744.56%
Graduate Degree1552.58%

Benton Harbor Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black5,0773,674263
White676629143
Hispanic1569710
Multiple Races11395
Asian191919
Other Race44

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$18,690$20,365$17,722
Less Than High School$20,456$22,500$13,813
High School Grad$15,625$12,500$17,371
Some College$20,200$22,171$17,176
Bachelors Degree$33,942$60,694$26,595
Graduate Degree$43,750$70,667$

$18,690

Average Earnings

$20,365

Average Male

$17,722

Average Female

Benton Harbor Language

Benton Harbor Language by Age

Benton Harbor Language

95.11% of Benton Harbor residents speak only English, while 4.89% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.86% of the population.

Benton Harbor Poverty

Benton Harbor Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black8,4594,13648.89%
Multiple34225073.10%
Hispanic46724352.03%
White79517622.14%
Other24416.67%

46.86%

Overall Poverty Rate

45.03%

Male Poverty Rate

48.48%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Benton Harbor

The race most likely to be in poverty in Benton Harbor is Multiple, with 73.10% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Benton Harbor is Other, with 16.67% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.65%. Among those working part-time, it was 45.48%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 55.84%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School53.42%
High School37.36%
Some College31.42%
Bachelors or Greater22.72%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed62.88%
Female Unemployed34.88%
Female Employed34.82%
Male Employed12.78%

Benton Harbor Income

Benton Harbor Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$20,232$30,060
Families$25,469$34,996
Married Families$42,054-
Non Families$13,769$21,014

Benton Harbor Marital Status

Benton Harbor Marital Status

Marriage Rates

24.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

25.7%

Male Marriage Rate

23.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Benton Harbor Married by Age and Sex

Benton Harbor Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Benton Harbor Marital Status by Race

Benton Harbor Veterans

245

Number of Veterans

217

Male Veterans

28

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam90
First Gulf War30
Korea26
Second Gulf War4
World War II
Age Group Veterans
65 to 7473
35 to 5470
55 to 6453
75+49
18 to 34
Name Veterans % of Total
Black2153.69%
White202.21%
2 or More105.10%
Hispanic62.51%

$Benton Harbor Veterans by Education

28.81%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.10%

Veteran Disability Rate

Benton Harbor Employment Status

59%

Labor Force Participation

49%

Employment Rate

17.1%

Unemployment Rate

Benton Harbor Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

70.53%

Born in Michigan

98.04%

Native Born

1.96%

Foreign Born

0.99%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

98.04% of Benton Harbor residents were born in the United States, with 70.53% having been born in Michigan. 0.99% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20209,742-42-0.43%
20199,784-42-0.43%
20189,826-42-0.43%
20179,868-42-0.42%
20169,910-55-0.55%
20159,965-63-0.63%
201410,028-5-0.05%
201310,033-17-0.17%
201210,050-12-0.12%
201110,062340.34%
201010,028-1,154-1.08%
200011,182-1,636-1.36%
199012,818-1,889-1.37%
198014,707-1,774-1.13%
197016,481-2,655-1.48%
196019,1363670.19%
195018,7692,1011.19%
194016,6681,2340.77%
193015,4343,2012.35%
192012,2333,0482.91%
19109,1852,6233.42%
19006,5622,8705.92%
18903,6920.00%