Ann Arbor Charter Township, Michigan

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Ann Arbor Charter Township is a charter township of Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 4,720. The city of Ann Arbor is adjacent to the township on the south and west sides. Small islands of the township also lie within the boundaries of the city of Ann Arbor. Over time, these areas are being annexed into the city of Ann Arbor. Under a 1994 boundary agreement with the city of Ann Arbor, eventually all of these islands will be permitted to be annexed by the city.



The Township of Ann Arbour was organized in 1827 by the Legislative Council of the Michigan Territory and the Village of Ann Arbour, which later became the City of Ann Arbor was organized in 1833. As villages remain part of the township, the Village of Ann Arbour did not become completely detached from the township until it reorganized as the city of Ann Arbor.

The now defunct unincorporated community of Osmer lay in the township. The town was a stop on the Tuscola and Saginaw Bay Railway.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 17.7 square miles (45.9 km²), of which, 17.6 square miles (45.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.51%) is water. The city of Ann Arbor was established within the borders of Ann Arbor Township. Over the years, the city expanded, annexing portions of the township as it grew and reducing the land area of the Township until it sought and obtained charter status.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,720 people, 1,972 households, and 1,317 families residing in the township. The population density was 267.5 per square mile (103.3/km²). There were 2,034 housing units at an average density of 115.3/sq mi (44.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 81.21% White, 2.25% African American, 0.17% Native American, 13.58% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.22% of the population.

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