Girard Township, Michigan

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Girard Township is a civil township of Branch County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 1,916.

A small area in the south of the township, just west of Interstate 69 has been annexed to the city of Coldwater, even though it is noncontiguous with the rest of the city. An area on the east side of Morrison Lake in the Coldwater River is considered to be part of the Coldwater urban area, although it remains unincorporated. There are no other incorporated municipalities within the township. The only other concentrated settlements is the unincorporated community of Girard is at 42°01′46″N 85°00′05″W / 42.02944°N 85.00139°W / 42.02944; -85.00139.[3]



Most of the township is drained by branches of the Hog Creek, a tributary of the Coldwater River, which flows through the southwest of the township. Tenkonsha Creek drains the northeast of the township, flowing into the St. Joseph River near Tekonsha.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.2 square miles (93.9 km²), of which, 35.2 square miles (91.3 km²) of it is land and 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²) of it (2.76%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,916 people, 705 households, and 528 families residing in the township. The population density was 54.4 per square mile (21.0/km²). There were 851 housing units at an average density of 24.1/sq mi (9.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.65% White, 0.78% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.84% of the population.

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