St. James Township, Michigan

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St. James Township is a civil township of Charlevoix County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 307.



The township was named for James Strang, who led a faction of Mormon settlers to Beaver Island in 1848. Strang created a self-styled kingdom on the island and named the capital, St. James, after himself. Strang founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite). The township consists of the northern tip of Beaver Island and a number of other smaller islands.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 316.0 square miles (818.5 km²), of which, 20.0 square miles (51.8 km²) of it is land and 296.0 square miles (766.7 km²) of it (93.67%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 307 people, 138 households, and 82 families residing in the township. The population density was 15.4 per square mile (5.9/km²). There were 331 housing units at an average density of 16.6/sq mi (6.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.70% White, and 1.30% Native American.

There were 138 households out of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.9% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 2.9% from 18 to 24, 21.2% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 22.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $33,182, and the median income for a family was $46,250. Males had a median income of $33,000 versus $20,682 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,109. About 5.6% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.5% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.


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