Union Charter Township, Michigan

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Union Charter Township is a charter township of Isabella County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 7,615 at the 2000 census. The City of Mount Pleasant is incorporated from land that was formerly part the township, but is administratively separate.

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History

The first white settlers came to Union Township in 1854 when pioneer John Hursh and his family arrived in the area. Various settlements in the 36 square miles (93 km2) of the original township have long disappeared or been absorbed by the City of Mount Pleasant that lies in the center of Union Township. The Charter Township of Union traces its name to the Civil War. A month before the first shots of war rang out at Fort Sumter, shots that tore a nation in two, the original and patriotic Board of Supervisors formally established Union Township on March 9, 1861. They left no doubt where they stood on the upcoming hostilities. They were on the Union side.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 28.6 square miles (74.0 km²), of which, 28.5 square miles (73.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.42%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,615 people, 2,961 households, and 1,619 families residing in the township. The population density was 267.4 per square mile (103.2/km²). There were 3,179 housing units at an average density of 111.6/sq mi (43.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 90.61% White, 1.81% African American, 3.82% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.67% from other races, and 2.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.36% of the population.

There were 2,961 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.3% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 27.8% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.

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