Demographics

Battle Creek‘s population is growing more diverse.

Understanding our demographics—who lives here and how the population is changing—is key to developing effective strategies. Battle Creek, like Calhoun county, has experienced population decline since 1980, but the growth of diverse communities of color is helping to moderate that decline. Battle Creek is quickly becoming more diverse as new immigrant communities come to our city. This diversity is a strength—and it makes strategies to advance racial equity and inclusion central to creating a stronger Battle Creek.

Key data for Battle Creek

  • 51,505

    Population, 2017

  • 33%

    Percent people of color, 2017

  • 15%

    Percent increase in people of color, 1980-2017

  • -21%

    Percent decrease in White population, 1980-2017

Population 1980 2017
By race/ethnicity

Battle Creek

%

Calhoun County

%

Battle Creek

%

Calhoun County

%
White 43,749 82% 124,353 88% 34,431 67% 105,142 78%
Black 8,213 15% 13,469 10% 9,400 18% 14,191 11%
Latino 845 2% 2,433 2% 3,325 6% 6,709 5%
Asian or Pacific Islander 255 0% 525 0% 1,459 3% 2,886 2%
Native American 230 0% 435 0% 345 1% 811 1%
Mixed/Other 201 0% 342 0% 2,545 5% 4,588 3%
Total 53,492 100% 141,557 100% 51,505 100% 134,327 100%
Racial/ethnic composition, Battle Creek, 1980-2017
Percent change in population, Battle Creek, 2000-2017
Battle Creek share of Calhoun County population by race/ethnicity, 2017