Clayton Township, Genesee County, Michigan

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Clayton Charter Township is a charter township of Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 7,546 at the 2000 census.

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Communities

  • The Village of Lennon is partially within the township on the western border.
  • The City of Swartz Creek is at the southeast corner, and has incorporated land that had been within the township.
  • Much of the eastern part of the township is considered to be part of the Flint urban area.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.2 square miles (88.7 km²), all land. The south east corner is separated from the rest of the Township by the City of Swartz Creek.

The Central Michigan Railway runs northeast toward Flushing and, ultimately, Saginaw, and southwest through Lennon toward Durand.

In the late 1980s, the township's land was mostly dedicated to farming. A few subdivisions existed on the north and east sides of the township, closer to urban areas, as well as one in the middle of the township. The Village of Lennon and Swartz Creek Meadows, a mobile home park near the village, were the other built-up areas.

Since then, several large farms have been turned into subdivisions, and large houses have been constructed in more rural sections.

Government

Clayton has a Supervisor-Board style township government with elected supervisor, clerk, treasurer and four trustees.

The township and Swartz Creek cooperate in operating the Swartz Creek Area Fire Department, which has one fire station in each of the two municipalities. The Clayton Township Police Department was formed in 2002 after the passage of a public service property tax by residents.

Demographics

At the 2000 census[1], there were 7,546 people, 2,760 households and 2,183 families residing in the township. The population density was 220.3 per square mile (85.1/km²). There were 2,903 housing units at an average density of 84.8/sq mi (32.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.39% White, 1.13% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.57% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.03% of the population.

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