Columbia Township, Jackson County, Michigan

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Columbia Township is a civil township of Jackson County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 7,234.



  • The village of Brooklyn is in the southeast of the township.
  • Clarklake is an unincorporated community around Clark Lake in the northwest of the township served by a US Post Office with the ZIP code of 49234.
  • Lake Columbia is an unincorporated community around Lake Columbia in the south central part of the township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 39.3 square miles (101.7 km²), of which, 36.6 square miles (94.7 km²) of it is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it (6.90%) is water. The township is the headwaters of the River Rasin which passes through Vineyard Lake, Goose Creek passes through the manmade lake Lake Columbia then into the Rasin River. The head waters of the Grand River pass through the west end of the township. US 127 bounds the western boundary and M50 passes through the Village of Brooklyn through the township north and south. The township contains the northern property of Michigan International Speedway.


As of 2006:

  • Supervisor, Ray Kuzminski
  • Clerk, Barbara Hulburt
  • Treasurer, Julie Hill
  • Trustees, Loretto Baker, Brent Beamish, Leonard Owczarzak, Michael Raczkowski

The township has a four member police department and a volunteer fire department with two stations, rescue service, four fire trucks.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,234 people, 2,894 households, and 2,115 families residing in the township. The population density was 197.8 per square mile (76.4/km²). There were 3,552 housing units at an average density of 97.1/sq mi (37.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.82% White, 0.07% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.39% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.37% of the population.

There were 2,894 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.89.

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