Grattan Township, Michigan

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Grattan Township is a civil township of Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 3,551.

Grattan is an unincorporated community within the township.



Grattan Township is one of the eastern tier of townships in Kent County, and its center is about 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Grand Rapids and nearly the same distance northwest of Ionia. The township is surrounded by Oakfield, Cannon and Vergennes townships in Kent County and Otisco Township in Ionia County. Among the small communities scattered throughout the township is Parnell, notably containing St. Patrick's Catholic Church and Cemetery.[3] State highway M-44 bisects the township west to east.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.9 square miles (95.7 km²), of which, 35.0 square miles (90.6 km²) of it is land and 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²) of it (5.28%) is water. There are at least 25 lakes in the township, varying in size from 30 acres (120,000 m2) to 300 acres (1.2 km2) each. Many of these find a natural outlet through Seely Creek, the only stream of note in the township, and which empties into the Flat River near Smyrna in Ionia County.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,551 people, 1,235 households, and 990 families residing in the township. The population density was 101.5 per square mile (39.2/km²). There were 1,428 housing units at an average density of 40.8/sq mi (15.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.90% White, 0.70% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.56% of the population.

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