Oshtemo Township, Michigan

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Oshtemo Charter Township is a charter township of Kalamazoo County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 17,003 at the 2000 census. The township was organized in 1839.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.1 square miles (93.5 km²), of which, 36.0 square miles (93.1 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.42%) is water.

Oshtemo Township is located: at the Kalamazoo County - Van Buren County line; adjacent to and west of the city of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo Township; adjacent to and north of Texas Charter Township; and adjacent to and south of Alamo Township.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 17,003 people, 7,551 households, and 4,024 families residing in the township. The population density was 472.8 per square mile (182.6/km²). There were 7,987 housing units at an average density of 222.1/sq mi (85.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 84.97% White, 9.39% African American, 0.30% Native American, 2.26% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.08% from other races, and 1.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.33% of the population.

There were 7,551 households out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.2% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.7% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the township the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 17.1% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $38,433, and the median income for a family was $57,515. Males had a median income of $40,798 versus $28,257 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,249. About 7.6% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

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