Northville Township, Michigan

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Northville Township, or The Charter Township of Northville, is a charter township of Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan and a suburb in Metro Detroit. The population was 21,036 at the 2000 census.

The City of Northville is adjacent to the northern part of the township, but is administratively autonomous. Portions of Northville Township were incorporated into the Village of Northville, which later incorporated as the City of Northville. Portions of the Township have also since been annexed to the city. The most recent annexation was property owned by the City of Northville as part of the Rural Hill Cemetery. A majority of the township is served by Northville Public Schools. A small portion of the township is served by Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. The entire township is served by the Northville District Library and by its own police and fire departments.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 16.6 square miles (43.0 km²), of which, 16.5 square miles (42.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.96%) is water.


ZIP code

In response to the rapid growth of the township, a new 48168 ZIP code was introduced in June 2005 to those living south of Seven Mile Road. Those living on or north of the road (as well as those living in the city of Northville) kept the 48167 zip code, as well as any residents with a 48170 ZIP code (Plymouth).

2009 Budget Crisis and Proposed Public Safety Layoffs

In late September 2009, just more than a month after the hospital property purchase, the Northville Township Board of Trustees stated that they were operating with a budget deficit. The Board began the process of asking department heads and directors to find ways to cut their budgets. One of the proposed cuts was the laying off of 5 police officers and 2 public safety dispatchers, roughly a 15-20% reduction in police manpower. The Northville Township police union went door-to-door passing out flyers to educate the public on the board proposed cuts and to invite the public to voice their opinions on the issue to the township Board of Trustees.

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