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Welcome to Hartford ...

The city of Hartford is located in Van Buren County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Hartford, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1856.

When the people of Hartford refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Hartfordite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Hartford has a population of 2,588 people<3> (see below for details).

Hartford is 650 feet [198 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Hartford lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel south from Hartford, you will leave Eastern Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

Hartford is located in the (269) area code.

The ZIP code for Hartford: 49057<5>

Websites for Hartford ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Hartford had an population of 2,588 people. This is a decrease of 3.72% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 4.52% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Hartford had a population of 2,688 people. This makes Hartford the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Hartford represents 0.03% of the total population of Michigan (which has 9,883,640 people), making it the state's 214th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 2,688 people, the population of Hartford increased 8.56% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 2,476 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Hartford.

Communities Also Named Hartford ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 37 communities that are also named Hartford - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia (2), Illinois (3), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nova Scotia, Ohio (5), Ontario (3), Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Hartford.

Communities near Hartford ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Hartford.

  • Benton Harbor
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Saint Joseph
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
  • Dowagiac
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the south)
  • South Haven
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the north)
  • Paw Paw
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)
  • Mattawan
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mattawan have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mattawan
    • Mattawan is located in Van Buren County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,973 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mattawan <6>
  • Bangor
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bangor
    • Bangor is located in Van Buren County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,808 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bangor <6>
  • Lawton
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lawton have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lawton
    • Lawton is located in Van Buren County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,796 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lawton <6>
  • Decatur
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Decatur have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Decatur
    • Decatur is located in Van Buren County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,716 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Decatur <6>
  • Watervliet
    (5 miles [8 km] to the west)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Hartford. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Hartford.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Hartford. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Hartford.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Hartford. Our list includes 4 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Hartford.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Hartford ...

Looking for more information about Hartford? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Hartford, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Hartford.

Adding Hartford to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Hartford in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Hartford was on a map titled Road Map for Michigan (from Shell Oil, 1956).

We also found Hartford in the book titled .<8> From that list, the Hartford post office opened in 1856.

For more details, see References and Mentions for Hartford.

The official website for Hartford:

The official website for Van Buren County:

The official website for State of Michigan:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Michigan's counties, including Van Buren, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Hartford refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Hartford may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Hartford.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Hartford - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Hartford). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Hartford or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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