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Demographics Overview
Battle Creek

Demographics Overview

Numbers Tell the Story

Battle Creek offers a strong community with a growing population of potential employees and employers. We’ve pulled together some of the data for you and are happy to answer more specific questions. Numbers tell a great story and ours includes lots of great numbers.

  • A growing population: 53,000 people in Battle Creek, 134,386 in Calhoun County
  • Approximate workforce of over 1.9 Million people within a one-hour commute
  • 3,000 acre Fort Custer Industrial Park
  • State of Michigan ranked #2 in overall R&D Investments
  • 6% corporate income tax, 11th best in the US
  • 4.25% personal income tax
  • Average commute of 20 minutes

Battle Creek continues to grow and diversify in the types of businesses who call this place home, including 25 international companies. Our city leaders are also focused on collaboration to continue to improve workforce training and development, higher education, and community development.

*BCU uses JobsEQ to access and report our labor market data.


  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Cyber/IT
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Defense and Logistics
  • Healthcare and Social Services


Battle Creek is home to many major companies all in varying industries.

Employer Employment
Denso Manufacturing Michigan, Inc. 2,817
Kellogg Company 2,279
Firekeepers Casino 1,680
Veterans Administration Medical Center 1,581
Hart, Doyle, Inouye Federal Center 1,500
Michigan Air National Guard 1,488
Bronson Battle Creek 1,352
Battle Creek Public Schools 1,089
Meijer, Inc. 927
Kellogg Community College 920
II Stanley Company, Inc. 840
Click here for a list of the top 30 Employers