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Retirement Living in St. Joseph County - Michigan

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Area Description

An abundance of freshwater lakes and rivers along with farm land and a growing number of parks offering water sports, petting zoo and nature walks.St. Joseph County is geographically located 2 1/2 hours from either Detroit or Chicago with a rural, slower paced lifestyle yet with all amenities needed. We have golf courses, a ski resort, plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops along with big box stores familiar to all.

Includes Cities/Towns: Centreville, Constantine, Sturgis, Three Rivers.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   The rivers and lakes are exceptionally clean offering an abundance of water recreation, including canoeing, kayaking, swimming, boating, water skiing, fishing and relaxing boat rides. Some of the lakes even have restaurants located on them. Our Parks system offer additional opportunities to enjoy the lakes and rivers along with walking, running and biking trails, disc golf and a petting zoo. Each of our small communities has a festival or two throughout the summer months offering outdoor concerts, parades, vendor shows, car shows, carnival rides and a festival atmosphere. There are several art galleries and historical museums to enjoy too!

Cultural Activities

Downtown Three Rivers has a Carnegie Center for the Arts which holds exhibits and classes year round for all ages along with a beautifully restores historic theater offering a variety of live and film shows. There is also a historic museum called the Silliman House with displays and blacksmith demonstrations and the Historical Society also downtown Three Rivers offers a variety of exhibits. There are dance studios in Three Rivers and Sturgis and additional museums in other parts of the county too.

Public transportation

We offer a public transportation busing system that runs both circle lines and individual runs.

Medical Facilities

There are 2 hospitals in the county: Three Rivers Health and Sturgis Hospital. Both offer many services as well as off campus clinics. There are individual clinics avaialble as well.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  13.6  21.7  29.9  1.9 "  9.9 "
 Feb  15.4  24.7  34.0  1.6 "  7.8 "
 Mar  24.4  34.9  45.3  2.6 "  4.2 "
 Apr  34.3  46.0  57.8  3.3 "  0.9 "
 May  45.7  57.8  70.0  3.7 "  0.0 "
 Jun  55.2  67.3  79.4  3.9 "  0.0 "
 Jul  59.5  71.3  83.1  3.9 "  0.0 "
 Aug  57.2  69.0  80.7  3.9 "  0.0 "
 Sep  49.5  61.6  73.7  3.6 "  0.0 "
 Oct  38.1  49.8  61.6  3.0 "  0.3 "
 Nov  29.4  38.2  47.0  3.0 "  2.2 "
 Dec  19.7  27.4  35.1  2.6 "  11.8 "

St. Joseph County does not experience natural disasters like many other parts of the country. It is a very rare occasion to experience something that would qualify. We have had a slight shaking with no damage that was declared an earthquake and tornadoes that will tear up trees every 10 years or so and an occasional flood with minimal damage but we experience all 4 seasons here with a low risk for natural disasters.

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Cost of Living for St. Joseph County, MI

St. Joseph County, Michigan cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

The cost of living in St. Joseph County is very reasonable for both a homeowner and a renter and there are a variety of housing options available.

Senior Assistance in St. Joseph County, MI

St. Joseph County, Michigan offers the following assistance for seniors:

We have an active Commission on Aging in our County that serves our elderly population well, in addition we have a several quality nursing homes and companies offering in home care.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

Our Commission on Aging works with our business community to fill volunteer and job opportunities in our County

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