The county’s lush soil produces some of the finest fruit in the country and has given it the nickname, the Fruit Basket of Michigan.
Combine a relatively low cost of living with abundant recreational resources, along with convenient access to nearby metropolitan areas, and you have the formula for a good place to live. Whether you prefer the quiet pace of rural living or a lakeside lifestyle next to the vast Lake Michigan shoreline, Van Buren County offers both—and so much more. The county’s lush soil produces some of the finest fruit in the country and has given it the nickname, the Fruit Basket of Michigan.
Van Buren County towns and villages are easy commutes along convenient major highways to larger metropolitan communities in nearby Kalamazoo and Berrien counties. Residents also travel to Chicago via automobile or rail for business or cultural life.
The county has an economic base in agriculture. You’ll find thriving wineries in Paw Paw, Mattawan and South Haven. Food processors in Lawrence, Lawton, Bangor and Hartford produce canned appplesauce, apple juice, pickles, cauliflower, blueberries, cherries, asparagus, strawberries, soups and pie fillings. In Mattawan, manufacturing, research and development bring more jobs and drive local infrastructure. The growth of healthcare and of plastics also contribute to larger nearby manufacturers. And tourism remains strong, drawing newcomers and visitors who seek the quiet solitude of the county’s green rolling landscape and ocean-like Lake Michigan shoreline.
The famous South Haven Lighthouse and pier. Annual Wine and Harvest Festival celebrates Van Buren’s thriving wineries.