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Welcome to South Haven ...

The city of South Haven is primarily located in Van Buren County<1>. A portion of South Haven extends into Allegan County.

While we don't have a date for the founding of South Haven, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1852.

A typical abbreviation for South Haven: S. Haven

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, South Haven has a population of 4,339 people<2> (see below for details).

South Haven is 610 feet [186 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

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

South Haven lies within the (269) area code.

The ZIP code for South Haven: 49090<4>

Websites for South Haven ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, South Haven had an population of 4,339 people. This is a decrease of 1.45% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 13.58% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, South Haven had a population of 4,403 people (or 5.77% of the total population of Van Buren County). This makes South Haven the county's most populous community.

The population of South Haven represents 0.04% of the population of Michigan (which has 9,883,640 people), making it the state's 160th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 4,403 people, the population of South Haven decreased 12.31% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 5,021 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for South Haven.

Communities Also Named South Haven ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 10 communities that are also named South Haven - they are located in Indiana (2), Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Oklahoma and Texas.

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

Communities near South Haven ...

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

  • Hartford
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the south)
  • Bangor
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southeast)
    • 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 <5>
  • Watervliet
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the south)
  • Fennville
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
  • Coloma
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coloma have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coloma
    • Coloma is located in Berrien County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,402 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Coloma <5>
  • Douglas
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the north)
  • Lawrence
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Saugatuck
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saugatuck have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saugatuck
    • Saugatuck is located in Allegan County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 966 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saugatuck <5>
  • Bloomingdale
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the east)
  • Breedsville
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the east)

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 South Haven. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for South Haven.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of South Haven. 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 South Haven.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around South Haven. Our list includes 6 papers. See our Newspapers Page for South Haven.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for South Haven ...

Looking for more information about South Haven? 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 South Haven, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for South Haven.

Adding South Haven to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of South Haven 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 South Haven was on a map titled Road Map for Michigan (from Shell Oil, 1956).

We also found South Haven in the book titled .<7> From that list, the South Haven post office opened in 1852.

For more details, see References and Mentions for South Haven.

The official website for South Haven:

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>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for South Haven.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around South Haven - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>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 South Haven). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether South Haven or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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