Clinton Charter Township, Michigan

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The Charter Township of Clinton, usually referred to as Clinton Township, is a charter township of Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a part of Metro Detroit. As of the 2000 census, the township had a total population of 95,648, and was by far Michigan's most populous township. The 2009 Census Bureau Estimate places the population at 95,989, making it the eighth largest community in Michigan.


History & description

The township was organized as "Huron Township" on August 12, 1818, named after what was then known as the Huron River. Because of confusion with another Huron River south of Detroit, on July 17, 1824, the Michigan Territorial Legislature renamed both the township and the river after DeWitt Clinton, the popular governor of New York from 1817 to 1823 who was largely responsible for building the Erie Canal which enabled many settlers to come to Michigan.[3]

The Clinton River forks into three branches within the township. Moravian Drive is the township's oldest road dating back to the days when the Moravian Missionaries settled to attempt to convert the local Native Americans.

Residents are served by the Clinton-Macomb Public Library [1].

Clinton Township is also home of the Walker Goldie Institute. This organization is dedicated to the education of youth through teaching and after school programs. The organization was founded by Kimberly Hyde in 2007. East of the Township is the city of Mount Clemens.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 28.2 square miles (73.1 km²), of which, 28.2 square miles (73.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.11%) is water.


The U.S. Census Bureau has also defined Clinton Charter Township as a census-designated place (CDP) in the 2000 Census so that the community would appear on the list of places (like cities and villages) as well on the list of county subdivisions (like other townships). The final statistics for the township and the CDP are identical.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 95,648 people, 40,299 households, and 25,549 families residing in the township. The population density was 3,392.5 per square mile (1,310.0/km²). There were 41,803 housing units at an average density of 1,482.7/sq mi (572.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 91.12% White, 4.66% African American, 0.29% Native American, 1.68% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.74% of the population.

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