Baroda Township, Michigan

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Baroda Township is a civil township of Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 2,880.

The village of Baroda is the principal population center in the township. Tension between the communities of Baroda and Bridgman led to Baroda Township being split off from Lake township in 1923. [3] The township was named after the village, which in turn was named for Baroda in Gujarat, India.

The township is in the central portion of the county, with Lake Charter Township and Bridgman to the west, Lincoln Charter Township and Stevensville to the north and northwest, Royalton Township to the northeast, Oronoko Charter Township and Berrien Springs to the east, Buchanan Township to the southeast, and Weesaw Township to the south and southwest.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 17.8 square miles (46.2 km²), of which, 17.8 square miles (46.1 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.17%) is water. The terrain is hilly to the east and is dotted by middle to upper class homes; the center of the township is flat, low and predominately agriculture; to the west, the land is a little higher, still flat, and has many smaller farms and homes.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,880 people, 1,117 households, and 815 families residing in the township. The population density was 161.8 per square mile (62.5/km²). There were 1,172 housing units at an average density of 65.9/sq mi (25.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.42% White, 0.24% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 2.01% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.57% of the population.

There were 1,117 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% 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 2.99.

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