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The City of Battle Creek offers current and future residents many benefits including a lower cost of living, growing health care and manufacturing sectors, and relatively high wages for the region. At the same time, the City of Battle Creek, like many small-sized midwestern cities, faces many challenges. Its workforce is shrinking and aging. Residents lack the educational attainment needed to compete in the twenty-first-century economy. And, economic, social, racial, and ethnic divisions exist within the city. Together, these issues could risk the ability of the City of Battle Creek to reach a new level of competitiveness and attract new residents, businesses, and opportunities to the city. This report reviews trends surrounding these challenges and opportunities to present the City of Battle Creek with a complete assessment of its economic conditions.

Issue Date

November 22, 2019


W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Subject Areas

LABOR MARKET ISSUES; ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; Regional policy and planning; Michigan studies; Urban issues




Bolter, Kathleen, Jim Robey, and Gerrit Anderson. 2019. "An Assessment of the Economic Conditions in the City of Battle Creek." Prepared for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.