Geneva Township, Van Buren County, Michigan

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Geneva Township is a civil township of Van Buren County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,975 at the 2000 census.

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  • Lacota is an unincorporated community in the north of the township on 60th St. at 42°24′49″N 86°07′47″W / 42.41361°N 86.12972°W / 42.41361; -86.12972 (Lacota).[3] The community is near the northern boundary of the township and some residents in the adjacent Lee and Casco townships in Allegan County identify with Lacota. The Lacota post office, with ZIP code 49063, provides PO Box service.[4] Clark Pierce became the first European settler in 1837. When the community was platted in 1870 by Enoch M, Pease, it was named Irvington after Pierce's son Irving. A post office named "West Geneva" opened on May 20, 1864, with Jerome B. Watson as the first postmaster. The post office name was changed to Irvington on June 2, 1874, and again to Lacota on December 22, 1884. The latter change was requested by the Michigan Central Railroad, which already served a town named Irving (in Irving Township, Michigan|, Barry County). The name Lacota was suggested by V. D. Dilley for the main character in a novel his father was reading at the time.[5][6][7]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.3 square miles (91.5 km²), of which, 35.3 square miles (91.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.06%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,975 people, 1,403 households, and 1,028 families residing in the township. The population density was 112.5 per square mile (43.5/km²). There were 1,567 housing units at an average density of 44.4/sq mi (17.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 82.54% White, 9.18% African American, 1.38% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 4.33% from other races, and 2.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.92% of the population.

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