Royalton Township, Michigan

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Royalton Township is a civil township of Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan, a few miles southeast of the city of St. Joseph. The population was 3,888 at the 2000 census. There are no incorporated municipalities in the township, but portions are considered to be part of the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph urban area. The unincorporated communities of Hollywood, Scottdale, and Buckhorn are within the township.

Royalton township was organized in 1835 and originally included portions of Lincoln Charter Township, Sodus Township, and St. Joseph Charter Township.

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Geography

Lincoln Charter Township lies directly to the west. St. Joseph Charter Township is to the northwest. The St. Joseph River forms the eastern boundary of the township. Sodus Township lies across the river. Oronoko Charter Township lies to the south and Baroda Township to the southwest.

M-139, which had been designated as US 31 until August 2003 runs northwest-southeast through the township. US 31 is still accessible from the southern terminus of M-139, now a junction with US 31. I-94 and M-63 are accessible in the northwest of the township.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 18.5 square miles (47.9 km²), of which, 18.1 square miles (46.8 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (2.38%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,888 people, 1,299 households, and 1,084 families residing in the township. The population density was 215.2 per square mile (83.1/km²). There were 1,366 housing units at an average density of 75.6/sq mi (29.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 93.29% White, 2.03% African American, 0.15% Native American, 2.44% Asian, 1.34% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.42% of the population.

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