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The city of Watervliet is located in Berrien County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Watervliet, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1848.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Watervliet has a population of 1,645 people<2> (see below for details).

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

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

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

Watervliet is located in the (269) area code.

The ZIP code for Watervliet: 49098<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Watervliet had an population of 1,645 people. This is a decrease of 5.19% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 10.74% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Watervliet had a population of 1,735 people. This makes Watervliet the county's 8th most populous community.

The population of Watervliet represents 0.02% of the population of Michigan (which has 9,883,640 people), making it the state's 275th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,735 people, the population of Watervliet decreased 5.86% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,843 people).

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

Communities Also Named Watervliet ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found another community named Watervliet - it's located in New York.

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

Communities near Watervliet ...

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

  • Benton Harbor
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Saint Joseph
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest)
  • Dowagiac
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast)
  • South Haven
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the north)
  • Paw Paw
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
  • Hartford
    (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
  • Bangor
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northeast)
    • 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>
  • Berrien Springs
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Berrien Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Berrien Springs
    • Berrien Springs is located in Berrien County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,718 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Berrien Springs <5>
  • Decatur
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Decatur have been provided by the GNIS.<6> 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 <5>
  • Stevensville
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest)

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

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

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Watervliet. See our Newspapers Page for Watervliet.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Watervliet ...

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

Adding Watervliet to Our Gazetteer ...

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

We also found Watervliet in the book titled .<7> From that list, the Watervliet post office opened in 1848.

For more details, see References and Mentions for Watervliet.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Watervliet. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Michigan's counties, including Berrien, 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 Watervliet.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Watervliet - 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 Watervliet). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Watervliet 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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