Chassell Township, Michigan

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Chassell Township is a civil township of Houghton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,822 at the 2000 census.

The township was organized on April 14, 1888, and named John Chassell, a prominent businessman and farmer whose farmland became the site of the community of Chassel.



  • Chassell is an unincorporated community in the township located at the southwest end of Portage Lake on Pike Bay.
  • Klingville is an unincorporated community in the township
  • Portage Entry is an unincorporated community in the township located on the west side of the Portage River, roughly across from Jacobsville in Torch Lake Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 51.9 square miles (134.5 km²), of which, 48.7 square miles (126.2 km²) of it is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km²) of it (6.14%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,822 people, 728 households, and 505 families residing in the township. The population density was 37.4 per square mile (14.4/km²). There were 955 housing units at an average density of 19.6/sq mi (7.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.75% White, 1.48% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.05% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.55% of the population. 55.7% were of Finnish and 8.3% German ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 728 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the township the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 104.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.0 males.

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