Athens Township, Michigan

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Athens Township is a civil township of southwest Calhoun County in the U.S. state of Michigan, about 15 miles south of Battle Creek. It is part of the Battle Creek, Michigan Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 2,571.



Euro-American settlers first came to what would become Athens Township in 1831. Unlike in many other parts of Michigan the Potawatamie were never fully driven out, although their Reservation was disolved in 1833. The first Athens Township Meeting was held in 1835. As of 1913 there were about 60 Potawatamie residents of Athens Township, out of about 1500 residents.[3] Based on the 1910 US census for Athens Township and Village there were 1537 residents, of whom 5 were listed as mulattos (four of them children of a mulatto mother and white father) and 69 were listed as Indians. Of the 69 Indians, 40 were living the Indian Village Reservation that at that time existed in Athens Township. At least two of the Indians were Ottawas and not Potawatamies.[4]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.2 square miles (93.6 km²), all land. The Nottawa Creek[5] and the Pine Creek are the largest streams in the township, both flowing generally from northeast to southwest. The Pine Creek[6] joins Nottowa Creek approximately one mile west of the village of Athens.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,571 people, 956 households, and 738 families residing in the township. The population density was 71.1 per square mile (27.5/km²). There were 1,003 housing units at an average density of 27.7/sq mi (10.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.93% White, 0.19% African American, 1.21% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.56% of the population.

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