Columbia Township, Van Buren County, Michigan

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Columbia Township is a civil township of Van Buren County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,714 at the 2000 census.

Columbia Township is a largely rural area with many farms. It is also home to several lakes with a significant percentage of the population living on them, frequently retirees from Chicago. Many summer lake cottages are owned by families with roots in the Chicago area.

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Communities

There are three settlements in the township, none of them large.

  • Breedsville is the only incorporated village, located in the southwest part of the township.
  • Grand Junction unincorporated, although it has a larger business district than Breedsville, is located in the northwest part of the township. It is so named because it is located at the junction of two railroad lines, though only one now survives. It was first settled by David Young in the fall of 1869 and platted on December 8, 1871[3]
  • Berlamont is an unincorporated crossroads community that straddles the eastern township boundary with Bloomingdale Township. It was formerly known as "Bear Lake Mills" and was a station on the now-defunct railroad between Bloomingdale and Grand Junction.[4]

The Kal-Haven Trail State Park goes through Columbia Township in an east-west direction, passing through both Berlamont and Grand Junction.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.5 square miles (91.8 km²), of which, 34.1 square miles (88.3 km²) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²) of it (3.81%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,714 people, 981 households, and 722 families residing in the township. The population density was 79.6 per square mile (30.7/km²). There were 1,433 housing units at an average density of 42.0/sq mi (16.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 88.91% White, 3.06% African American, 1.03% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 4.64% from other races, and 2.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.55% of the population.

There were 981 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.14.

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