Nestled along the pristine shores of Lake Michigan in the southwest portion of the state, Benton Harbor is one of Michigan's most charming small towns. Economic growth and development, an expansive series of parks and recreational facilities, and a warm, welcoming community are all reasons why so many Michigan residents are settling into Benton Harbor apartments for rent. According to information from City-Data, many residents are attracted to the community of Benton Harbor because of its low crime and low cost of living. Based on 2012 data, the cost of living index is more than 27 points below the national average, making it a very affordable place to live for Michigan families.
Much of the history and economy of Benton Harbor had its roots in agriculture. The city began when 160 acres of land were purchased by pioneers along the banks of Lake Michigan where orchards and farms began to sprout up. After the Civil War, the city began to become a busy commerce and trading hub due to its ideal geographic location, sending many goods and produce down the canals into other parts of the Midwest. Although the city has had its ups and downs over the years, the city continues to grow into one of the most thriving small towns in Michigan. According to information from the U.S. Census Bureau, Benton Harbor is home to more than 10,000 residents.
One of the main reasons that Benton Harbor has seen such a revitalization in recent years is its new, improved downtown arts district. There are a number of culturally significant and relative events that take place in this neighborhood each year. The most popular is the quarterly Art Hop, a festival that features independent films, local artists and cuisine, and craft breweries that the community takes a great deal of pride in.
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