Crystal Township, Montcalm County, Michigan

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Crystal Township is a civil township of Montcalm County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 2,824.



  • Crystal is an unincorporated community in the township at 43°15′47″N 84°54′53″W / 43.26306°N 84.91472°W / 43.26306; -84.91472 (Crystal).[3] The first settlers in the area were lumbermen brothers John W. and Humphrey Smith in 1853. The present community began in 1857 when Enos P. Drake built a sawmill on land he co-owned with Samuel Burtch. Asa Ward recorded a plat for the settlement and Alfred A. Proctor became the first postmaster on March 2, 1857. It is named for the nearby Crystal Lake.[4] The Crystal post office, with ZIP code 48818, serves the northern portion of Crystal Township as well as portions of southern Ferris Township.[5]
  • Carson City is to the south and the Carson City post office with ZIP code 48811 also serves a large part of southern Crystal Township.[6]
  • Sheridan is to the southwest and the Sheridan post office with ZIP code 48884 also serves a small area in southwest Crystal Township.[7]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.8 square miles (92.8 km²), of which, 34.1 square miles (88.4 km²) of it is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²) of it (4.74%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,824 people, 1,097 households, and 770 families residing in the township. The population density was 82.7 per square mile (31.9/km²). There were 1,594 housing units at an average density of 46.7/sq mi (18.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.52% White, 0.14% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.39% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population.

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