Beaverton Township, Michigan

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Beaverton Township is a civil township of Gladwin County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 1,815.

The City of Beaverton is at the northeast of the township and incorporates some land that was formerly in the township, but is administratively autonomous.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.6 square miles (92.1 km²), of which, 35.4 square miles (91.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.39%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,815 people, 658 households, and 534 families residing in the township. The population density was 51.2 per square mile (19.8/km²). There were 750 housing units at an average density of 21.2/sq mi (8.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.29% White, 0.11% African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.55% of the population.

There were 658 households out of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.0% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.8% were non-families. 16.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the township the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 104.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $36,823, and the median income for a family was $40,303. Males had a median income of $35,577 versus $21,691 for females. The per capita income for the township was $15,370. About 9.8% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.5% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.

History

The 1851 survey of what later became Beaverton Township depicts the eastern terminus of the "Muskegon River Trail" in the northwest corner of section 12 at the original confluence of the three branches of the Tobacco River. This appears to be part of a cross-state route that permitted parties to navigate from Saginaw Bay, up the Saginaw, Tittabawassee & Tobacco rivers, portage across to the Muskegon River then float to Lake Michigan. None of the three branches of the Tobacco was suitable for canoes - they meandered too much and often did not have deep enough water. -RWF-

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