Buchanan Township, Michigan

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Buchanan Township is a civil township of Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 3,510. The city of Buchanan is located in the southeast portion of the township.

Buchanan Township is bounded by Oronoko Township to the north, Berrien Township to the north and northeast, Niles Township to the east, Bertrand Township to the south and southeast, Galien Township to the southwest, Weesaw Township to the west, and Baroda Township to the northwest.

No major highways transit the township, although U.S. 12 parallels the southern edge and U.S. 31 passes just to the east.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 33.2 square miles (86.0 km²), of which, 32.3 square miles (83.6 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.5 km²) of it (2.86%) is water.

The St. Joseph River enters the township from the southeast, bends north by the city of Buchanan, and then flows mostly north through the eastern portion of the township.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,510 people, 1,317 households, and 1,023 families residing in the township. The population density was 108.7 per square mile (42.0/km²). There were 1,554 housing units at an average density of 48.1/sq mi (18.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.18% White, 1.20% African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.43% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.25% of the population.

There were 1,317 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.4% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.00.

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