Battle Creek, Michigan

Battle Creek: The most populous city in Calhoun County, Michigan. It is located on the Kalamazoo River in southwestern Michigan. Battle Creek is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Kellogg's cereal factory and the Battle Creek Children's Museum.


Battle Creek is a city located in the county of Calhoun in the U.S. state of Michigan. Its population at the 2010 census was 52,347 and a population density of 462 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 50,799 inhabitants.

The city was created 193 years ago in 1830.

Battle Creek is a city located in Calhoun County in southern Michigan, between Detroit and Chicago. With a population around 50,000, it's best known as the headquarters of the Kellogg Company.

History of Battle Creek

Battle Creek was first settled in the 1830s and incorporated as a city in 1859. It was named for a skirmish between a government land survey party and Native Americans nearby a creek.

The area was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Sojourner Truth delivered her famous "Ain't I a Woman" speech in Battle Creek in 1851.

The Kellogg Company opened in Battle Creek in 1906 and became the city's largest employer. cereal industry.

Major Attractions and Features

Some highlights of Battle Creek include:

  • The Kellogg Company headquarters and visitors center
  • The Battle Creek Sanitarium founded by John Harvey Kellogg
  • The Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center with government agencies
  • The Battle Creek Linear Park along the Kalamazoo River
  • The Kingman Museum of regional history

Things to Do

Popular activities include:

  • Taking a tour of the Kellogg Company's cereal factory
  • Visiting the campus of Kellogg Community College
  • Hiking and biking the trails at Leila Arboretum
  • Exploring the history at the Sojourner Truth Monument
  • Experiencing the Firekeepers Casino run by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band

In summary, Battle Creek has an eventful history and remains the "Cereal City" thanks to the Kellogg Company's strong roots. The city provides a friendly, affordable base to explore southern Michigan.

Battle Creek locator map
Location of Battle Creek on Michigan map.

Quick Facts about Battle Creek

Population : 50,799 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Michigan (United States)
County : Calhoun County
Postal code : 49014-49018; 49037
Phone Area Codes : 269
Area : 113.27 km2
Altitude : 840 feet / 256 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1831 (193 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−05:00
Local time : 10:58:07 (15th April 2024)
Density : 448 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -3.05% (2010-2020)
Battle Creek  Michigan '2008' image
Battle Creek Michigan '2008'
Battle Creek  Michigan '2008' image


Battle Creek is located at 42°19'2"N 85°10'41"W (42.3173000, -85.1781600).

Battle Creek map


According to census records, the population of Battle Creek decreased by 3.05% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
1890 13,197 - demographic balance
1900 18,563 28.91% demographic balance
1910 25,267 26.53% demographic balance
2010 52,347 51.73% census
2011 51,991 -0.68% estimation process
2012 51,871 -0.23% estimation process
2013 51,788 -0.16% estimation process
2014 51,776 -0.02% estimation process
2015 51,556 -0.43% estimation process
2016 51,453 -0.2% estimation process
2017 51,275 -0.35% estimation process
2018 51,105 -0.33% estimation process
2019 51,093 -0.02% estimation process
2020 50,799 -0.58% estimation process

Battle Creek zip code is 49014. County name: Calhoun, County fips: 26025

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People born in Battle Creek (74)

People born in Battle Creek, including engineer Watts Humphrey, actress Betty Hutton, musician Jason Newsted, .


  • Will Keith Kellogg (American businessman) he was born in 07/04/1860
  • Rick Snyder (American politician and business executive) he was born in 19/08/1958
  • Dick Martin (American comedian) he was born in 30/01/1922
  • Sy Oliver (American jazz arranger, trumpeter, composer, singer and bandleader) he was born in 17/12/1910
  • John Kitzmiller (American actor (1913-1965)) he was born in 04/12/1913
  • Laurence Edward Skriven (American university teacher (1931-2007)) he was born in 04/11/1931
  • Henry Clay Branson (American librarian and author) he was born in 01/01/1904
  • Joe Schwarz (American politician) he was born in 15/11/1937
  • M. Thomas Shaw (American prelate) he was born in 28/08/1945
  • Philip H. Hayes (American politician) he was born in 01/09/1940
  • Seth C. Moffatt (American politician) he was born in 10/08/1841
  • Wendy Ingraham (American triathlete) she was born in 31/01/1964
  • Nate Huffman (American basketball player) he was born in 02/04/1975
  • Robert Sharer (American archaeologist) he was born in 01/03/1940
  • CB Dollaway (American sport wrestler and martial artist) he was born in 10/08/1983
  • Lance Barber (American actor) he was born in 29/06/1973
  • Barbara Lett-Simmons (American politician) she was born in 04/06/1927
  • Bill Stein (Professional baseball player and manager) he was born in 21/01/1947

Schools in Battle Creek

College & universities near Battle Creek, MI

Code Name City ZIP
170550 Kellogg Community College Battle Creek (MI) 49017-3397
172802 Wright Beauty Academy Battle Creek (MI) 49015
451307 The Salon Professional Academy-Battle Creek Battle Creek (MI) 49015
456515 Ross Medical Education Center-Battle Creek Battle Creek (MI) 49015
171599 Olivet College Olivet (MI) 49076

Stations (19)

Amtrak & bus stations near Battle Creek, MI

Code Name Address Type
BTL Battle Creek Transportation Center 104 Capital Ave. S.W. RAIL
KAL Kalamazoo Transportation Center 459 North Burdick St. RAIL
ALI Albion station 300 North Eaton St. RAIL
JXN Jackson station 501 E. Michigan Ave. RAIL
LNS East Lansing station 1240 South Harrison Road RAIL

Post offices near Battle Creek

Post Office Name City ZIP
Battle Creek Post Office Battle Creek (MI) 49016
Bedford Post Office Bedford (MI) 49020
Cer Post Office Ceresco (MI) 49033
Augusta Post Office Augusta (MI) 49012
Climax Post Office Climax (MI) 49034

Other places with the same name (3)

Other cities in Calhoun County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Calhoun County , MI.

City Name Population Title
Bedford 32,199 Township in Monroe County, Michigan
Oak Park 29,293 City in Oakland County, Michigan, United States
Marshall 3,117 City in the U.
Marengo 2,223 Township in Calhoun County, Michigan
Brownlee Park 2,108 Unincorporated community in Michigan
Homer 1,643 Village in Calhoun County, Michigan
Eckford 1,252 City in Calhoun County, Michigan, United States of America
Clarendon 1,157 Township in Calhoun County, Michigan
Albion 1,099 City in Calhoun County, Michigan
Athens 996 Village in Michigan
Tekonsha 912 Township in Calhoun County, Michigan
Burlington 277 Village in Michigan, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Battle Creek distances to largest Michigan cities