Royal Oak Charter Township, Michigan

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Royal Oak Charter Township is a charter township of Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a suburb of Detroit and is part of the Metro Detroit area. As of the 2000 census, the population was 5,446. The nearby city of Royal Oak is legally separate from the township.

Until 2004, the township consisted of two small non-contiguous parcels of land within Oakland County. The larger portion was along 8 Mile Road, adjacent to Detroit, Oak Park, and Ferndale. A second portion, located northwest of the other portion, adjoining Oak Park and Southfield, was annexed by Oak Park on November 1, 2004.

As of the as of the July 1, 2009 Census Bureau estimate, which took into account the 2004 annexation, the township had a population of 2,706.



Royal Oak Township was established in 1833 as a regular, 36-square-mile (93 km2) civil township, and at one time consisted of all or parts of the following modern cities and villages of Hazel Park, Ferndale, Oak Park, Madison Heights, Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods, Royal Oak, Berkley, and Clawson. The township began to shrink in 1921 with the incorporation of the cities above. To provide greater protection from easy annexation, the township incorporated as a charter township in 1972.[3] The township had its own police department until 1998 when it was disbanded. The Oakland County Sheriff Department took over police protection once the Royal Oak Township Police Department was disbanded.


According to the United States Census Bureau, as of 2000, the township has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), all land. This has since been corrected by the Census, taking into account the annexations leaving the township with a total area of 0.56 sq mi, all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,446 people, 2,511 households, and 1,293 families residing in the township. The population density was 8,055.8 people per square mile (3,092.2/km²). There were 2,595 housing units at an average density of 3,838.6 per square mile (1,473.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 22.73% White, 71.50% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.45% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 3.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.16% of the population.

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