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Living in Van Buren 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.


Van Buren County offers the best of both worlds: small town life near big city amenities. Van Buren County is considered part of the Kalamazoo-Portage metropolitan area. Van Buren County is just over two hours from Chicago, just over an hour to Grand Rapids, and only an hour to South Bend. With more than three airports less than an hour away, returning home after traveling the world is easy. 

Fun Facts

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The population of Van Buren County is approximately 75,000.

The Metropolitan area of Kalamazoo - where Van Buren County lies, is considered the 5th most affordable place to live out of 269 surveyed regions.

The cost of living in Van Buren County is 16% more affordable than the national average. 

Recreation & Leisure


  • Plenty of Water: With 14 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, 300 inland lakes, and two local rivers, Van Buren County has plenty of opportunities for fishing, kayaking, water sports, swimming and amazing sunrises and sunsets.

  • Get Outdoors: With almost a dozen golf courses sprinkled throughout the area, water, and two raceways, you will not be short of outdoor activities!

  • Wine & Dine: Van Buren County and the surrounding region is known for it's craft breweries and wineries. The Michigan climate is perfect for growing grapes and you can smell the vineyards as you drive through the summer countryside. Enjoy touring all of the local spots.

  • The Kal-Haven Trail: The Kal-Haven Trail is an outdoor trail that connects Kalamazoo to South Haven, spanning 33 miles. It is ideal for walking, biking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and some areas of the trail allow horseback riding.

  • Learn more at the South Haven-Van Buren County Visitor's Bureau or visit the County’s website to learn about local water, hiking, and snowmobile trails.




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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