Ironwood Township, Michigan

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Ironwood Township is a charter township of Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,330 at the 2000 census. Ironwood Township is the home of Gogebic Community College, as well as the Gogebic/Iron County airport.

The City of Ironwood is at the south end of the township, but is administratively autonomous. Most of the land in the township is within the Ottawa National Forest. The Montreal River is the western boundary, with Wisconsin on the other side. Wakefield Township is on the east and Bessemer Township on the south (along with Ironwood).

The Ironwood ski hill at Brule [1] and cross country trails [2], [3] are nearby .

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 188.8 square miles (489.0 km²), of which, 175.4 square miles (454.3 km²) of it is land and 13.4 square miles (34.7 km²) of it (7.10%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,330 people, 1,024 households, and 699 families residing in the township. The population density was 13.3 per square mile (5.1/km²). There were 1,609 housing units at an average density of 9.2/sq mi (3.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.38% White, 0.04% African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.90% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.33% of the population. 27.5% were of Finnish, 13.5% Italian, 9.8% German, 8.6% Swedish, 7.0% English, 5.5% Irish and 5.1% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 1,024 households out of which 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.76.

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