Suttons Bay Township, Michigan

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Suttons Bay Township is a civil township of Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,982 at the 2000 census. The village of Suttons Bay is located within the township. In a 2004 referendum, voters approved moving the county seat to a site in section 19 in the southwest corner of the township, nearer to the geographic center of the county.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 41.9 square miles (108.6 km²), of which, 24.6 square miles (63.7 km²) of it is land and 17.3 square miles (44.9 km²) of it (41.32%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,982 people, 1,114 households, and 834 families residing in the township. The population density was 121.2 per square mile (46.8/km²). There were 1,406 housing units at an average density of 57.2/sq mi (22.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 75.52% White, 0.20% African American, 19.01% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 3.45% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.51% of the population.

There were 1,114 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the township the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $48,068, and the median income for a family was $52,596. Males had a median income of $36,389 versus $22,794 for females. The per capita income for the township was $22,640. About 5.8% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.

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