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Located in the southwest corner of Michigan. Major cities easily accessible to Greater Niles area are: 

Miles from
  • South Bend, IN: 9
  • Benton Harbor, MI: 25
  • Kalamazoo, MI: 60
  • Chicago, IL: 90
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 100
  • Lansing, MI: 130
  • Toledo, OH: 150
  • Indianapolis, IN: 160
  • Detroit, MI: 190
  • Cleveland, OH: 256

Population (2010 U.S. Census)

Niles - 11,600
Area - 5.5 square miles

Surrounding townships and Niles City is approximately 34,235
Area - 42 square miles

The 49120 Zip Code population (Niles, Niles Township, Howard and Bertrand Townships, Milton Township) is approximately 37,200

Total population for Berrien County - 156,813 (2010 Census)


Jerry Tyler Memorial Airport (Niles) - Private and Charter
South Bend Regional Airport - Served by US Air Express, Nashville Eagle, United Express, Allegheny, Comair, Continental Express, Northwest, Trans World Express, American Eagle, Delta

Rail: Norfolk-Southern  freight; Historic Niles Amtrak Station, South Shore Railroad passenger service

Bus: United Limo

Local Transit:  Niles Dial-A-Ride Transportation System

Motor Freight: 17 lines

Highways: Served by Interstate 94, Interstate 80-90 (Indiana Toll Road), U.S. 31, U.S. 12, M-60, M-140 and M-51

Water: Lake port - St. Joseph-Benton Harbor - 25 miles, Deep water port - Port of Indiana - 50 miles

Parcel Service:

Freight carries   to:  

Chicago Detroit New York Los Angeles

By UPS: 

1 day 1 day 2 days 3-4 days

By Rail: 

2 hours 3.5 hrs. 20 hours 2 days

By Truck: 

3 hours 4 hours 16 hours 28 hours

Public Utilities:

Telephone: Ameritech

Electric: City of Niles Utilities Department; American Electric Power Company

Natural Gas: SEMCO Energy

Water and Sewer: City of Niles Utilities Department

Water Source: 6 wells - Total capacity is 7.6 million gallons per day. Elevated storage: 2.2 million gallons

Sanitation: Treatment plant - Activated Sludge; capacity: 10.8 MGPD sustained maximum flow. Present load 2 - 2.4 MGPD

Labor Market (annual average - 2012)

  Civilian Labor Force Employed
Berrien County 77,561 68,609
Niles 5,389 4,565
Niles Township 6,975 6,525

Area Businesses:

Main Street

Industrial - 115
Commercial - 722

ABB Flakt Garden City Fan - Industrial fans and blowers; employs 88
Brandywine Public Schools; employs 205
French Paper Company - employs 100
Lakeland Regional Medical Center - employs 505
National-Standard Company - specialty wire, wire products; employs 250
Niles Community Schools - employs 575

Industrial Park:

Niles Industrial Park: 418 acres within the city limits. Served by Conrail and is within three miles of major highways. Fifty-five acres are fully developed with industrial capacity utilities in place. Several major industrial firms are presently located in the Park. Other industrial sites are available.

Bertrand Crossing: 86 acres located at the southwest corner of the US-31 and US-12 intersection in Bertrand Township. Development began in 1993 to address needs of the community in the area of workforce development and facility planning and is home of Lake Michigan College's Regional Technical Center. LMC offers programs and classes that have been designed based upon a needs assessment of area manufacturers and general curriculum projections. Sites are also being made available for appropriate manufacturers. Infrastructure improvements include water and sewer lines to the site as well as newly paved roads. In order to maintain a high standard at Bertrand Crossing, development covenants have been adopted that define types of businesses and construction and landscaping requirements.

Property Tax Values:

Original Taxable Value 2017 Berrien & Cass County : $186,741,653
Original SEV value 2014 Berrien & Cass County : $211,224,263

Tax (Milleage) Rates 2017

Niles City (Berrien County)
*PRE (Homestead) = 33.2452 mil + 1% administration fee + $20.00 fee per property for Ambulance
Non PRE = 51.2452 mil + 1% administration fee + $20.00 fee per property for Ambulance
For Multi Family dwellings the $20.00 fee is based on how many families live in the dwelling.

*PRE = Principal Residence Exemption

Niles area Banks:

Huntington National Bank, Fifth Third Bank, First Source Bank, Chemical Bank, LaSalle Federal, Standard Federal Bank and others.
Niles area Credit Unions

United Federal Credit Union, Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union, Berrien Teachers Credit Union and others.


Radio: WNIL-AM, WAOR-FM, WSMK-FM, WNDV-FM, WNSN-FM, WAUS-FM (National Public Radio), WGTC-FM,

Television: WSBT-TV (CBS), WNDU-TV (NBC), WSJV (FOX), WBND (ABC), WNIT (PBS), WHME (Religious) NOTE: TCI Cable serves the Greater Niles Area

Newspaper: The Niles Daily Star, The South Bend Tribune, Herald-Palladium, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Berrien County Record


Average temperatures: Summer - 83.20 F, Winter - 34.4o F
Average precipitation: Rainfall - 39.14", Snowfall - 71.1"

Housing (2012)


# of residential properties 4,573
# of commercial properties 454
# of industrial properties 94
# of agricultural properties 0

Government Services and Facilities

Form of Government:

Niles: Mayor/City Council form of government with a full time City Administrator
Niles, Howard, Bertrand, Milton Townships: Township Supervisor
Police Personnel: City of Niles - 16 full time police officers, 2 part time officers and 33 support personnel including reserve officers.
Fire Department: City of Niles - 12 full time firefighters and 21 support personnel including reserve firefighters.
Niles Community Library: 125,344 volumes

Community Facilities:


Lakeland HospitalLakeland Community Hospital, Niles, is part of Lakeland HealthCare, a not-for-profit, community-owned health system that includes three hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, long-term care, rehabilitation, and home health services. An 89-bed facility serving Niles and southwestern Michigan with primary and specialty care services, the Niles location provides all general community hospital services, including obstetrics, surgery, emergency care, radiology, laboratory services, and outpatient oncology.

Southwestern Michigan Community Ambulance Service (Niles) - Non-profit governmental authority staffed by a full time director and fully trained paramedics.

Nursing Homes: three licensed in Niles, seven additional in the area.


Niles Community School System - enrollment 3,933 K-12. Six elementary schools, one junior high school, one senior high school

Brandywine Community Schools - enrollment 1,403 K-12. One middle school, one senior high school

St. Mary's Catholic School - enrollment 90 K thru 6

Seventh Day Adventist School - enrollment 60 K thru 8

Community Colleges - Lake Michigan College (Small Business Services Center-Niles) and (Niles Extension); Southwestern Michigan College (Niles Extension); Indiana Vocational-Tech College (South Bend)

Colleges/Universities - University of Notre Dame (10 miles); St. Mary's College (10 miles); Holy Cross College (10 miles), Davenport College (10 miles), Indiana University - South Bend (10 miles), Bethel College (12 miles), Andrews University (12 miles); extensions of Michigan State University and Western Michigan University (25 miles).

Parks and Recreation:

Riverfront gym

The City of Niles maintains several parks including Island Park, Plym Park, and Riverfront Park.  Riverfront Park is located along the St. Joseph River downtown and boasts a 2.2 mile walking trail along the beautiful and scenic river from Plym Park through Riverfront Park and to the city limits.  Riverfront Park contains an amphitheater where free outdoor concerts and other events are held, boating docks and a large children's playscape area.  Riverfront Skate Park is located within this public park and draws kids from the entire area.  The Niles area maintains 10 parks, soccer, football, and softball fields, as well as tennis and basketball courts. The YMCA offers complete facilities and family oriented programs. Also available are opportunities for boating, canoeing, tubing, fishing, water-skiing, bowling, ice skating, golf, racquetball and cross-country skiing.


Thirteen Antique Malls and Shops, Art Gallery, Fort St. Joseph Museum, Fernwood Botanical Gardens, South Bend Symphony, Niles Performing Arts Association.

Area Annual Activities

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  • Hunter Ice Festival
  • Family Carnival & Bluegrass Festival
  • Dragon Boat Challenge
  • Michigan's Longest Garage Sale
  • Summer Concert Series
  • River Trails & Ales - first full weekend in August 
  • Triathlon - Labor Day Weekend in September 
  • Apple Festival - first weekend in October 
  • Haunted House Scream Park
  • Thanksgiving Day Run - 5 and 10 K
  • Downtown Lighting Ceremony
  • Fort St. Joseph Open House Weekend
  • Fort St. Joseph Museum and Chapin Mansion Christmas Open House


Forty-six churches, representing 24 denominations.