Chase Township, Michigan

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Chase Township is a civil township of Lake County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,194 at the 2000 census.

The unincorporated community of Chase is the only significant population center in the township. Chase is located where U.S. Route 10 crosses the Middle Branch of the Pere Marquette River at 43°53′21″N 85°38′08″W / 43.88917°N 85.63556°W / 43.88917; -85.63556.[3] The post office in Chase serves ZIP Code 46923, which includes most of the northwest part of Chase Township as well as the southwest portion of Pinora Township, the southeast portion of Cherry Valley Township, and the northeast portion of Yates Township.[4]

Both the community and township were named after Salmon P. Chase, the Chief Justice of the United States at the time the area was being settled in the 1860s. The community was first known as "Greendale", which was recorded through clerical error as "Green Dale". A post office was established with the name of Chase in March 1872. It served as the county seat until 1874. [5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.6 square miles (92.1 km²), of which, 35.4 square miles (91.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.48%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,194 people, 427 households, and 330 families residing in the township. The population density was 33.7 per square mile (13.0/km²). There were 559 housing units at an average density of 15.8/sq mi (6.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.48% White, 1.68% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 2.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.

There were 427 households out of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 17.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.16.

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