Northfield Township, Michigan

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Northfield Township is a civil township of Washtenaw County, located north of Ann Arbor in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 8,252 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated community of Whitmore Lake lies within the northern portion of the township, on its border with Green Oak township in Livingston County



Northfield Township was established in 1832, when the Territorial Legislature held a meeting in Detroit, and passed the resolution which brought it into existence. The name, popularly believed to refer to the fact that the township is in the northern part of the county, also points back to the New England heritage of many of its first settlers, whose practice it was to bring part of their homeland with them by naming new places after the ones they had left. Northfield Township could quite possibly be named after the New England site - Northfield, Massachusetts. However, that the town is in the "northern fields" of the county must have made the name seem quite appropriate.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 37.1 square miles (96.1 km²), of which, 36.3 square miles (94.0 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²) of it (2.21%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,252 people, 3,154 households, and 2,236 families residing in the township. The population density was 227.4 per square mile (87.8/km²). There were 3,393 housing units at an average density of 93.5/sq mi (36.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.13% White, 1.07% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.08% of the population.

There were 3,154 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.02.

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