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Living in Cass County


Whether you're thinking about making the move to Cass or Van Buren counties, you'll have many great things to look forward to. 


Cass County offers a rural escape from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan areas while remaining near the resources offered by larger communities. Cass County is about 20 miles inland from the shores of Lake Michigan and is considered part of the South Bend-Mishawaka metropolitan area. Cass County is just over two hours from Chicago, an hour and a half to Grand Rapids, and less than an hour to South Bend.

Fast Facts


The population of Cass County is approximately 52,000.

The cost of living in Cass County is 15% more affordable than the national average.

Cass County with more than 800 farms, small towns with rich histories, and a variety of local festivals, Cass County offers you friendly, small-town living.

Recreation & Leisure


  • Get Outside: With the Lake Michigan shoreline within driving distance, over 200 waterways, and miles of public trails, Cass County has plenty of opportunities for biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and other outdoor adventures.

  • Local Museums: Between its role in the underground railroad to being the birthplace of kitty litter (yes, really!), Cass County has a variety of local museums that highlight the unique history of the communities.

  • Festivities and Events: From Ice Festivals to County Fairs, you will enjoy a variety of festivals and events that bring local community members together to celebrate and enjoy all Cass County has to offer.

  • Learn more on the County’s website and the Discover Cass County site.




Nearby universities for local education include Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, University of Notre Dame, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lake Michigan College, Southwestern Michigan College, and Kellogg Community College.

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