downtownPopulation (2000 census): 4,681

The City of Buchanan, including housing developments in adjoining Buchanan Township and the nearby Niles and Bertrand Townships, boasts a population of approximately 10,000 and is located in the southwestern section of Berrien County. The city of well-kept homes and modern and varied businesses is situated in the beautiful valley formed by McCoy’s Creek and the picturesque St. Joseph River, surrounded on all sides by gradually rising hills. The population of Buchanan proper is currently 4,681 (2000 census)

Located just 13 miles northwest of South Bend, Indiana, 90 miles east of Chicago, and 200 miles west of Detroit, the entire Midwest is accessible with the East-West Indiana Toll Road situated 1 mile south of Buchanan and Michigan’s freeway, Interstate 94, beginning just 15 miles west of the city limits. Chicago’s loop is less than two hours away. US-12 provides the city with a low volume, east-west link to the US-31 St. Joseph Valley Parkway.

Another Attractive feature of Buchanan is climate. It is generally snowy in winter with an average winter temperature of 22 degrees and average summer temperature of 82 degrees. Rainfall averages about 50 inches annually with an average snowfall of about 85 inches.


Average Maximum Temperature 32F (January) 82F (July)
Average Minimum Temperature 18F (January) 61F (July)
Days over 90F 11
Days below 0F 4
Days of growing season 162
Average annual rainfall 37”
Average annual snowfall 70”

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