Hagar Township, Michigan

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Hagar Township is a civil township of Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 3,964.

The township is in the north of the county with Lake Michigan to the west, Van Buren County to the north, Coloma Charter Township to the east, Bainbridge Township to the southeast, and Benton Charter Township to the south.

Charles Lamb and his wife came to the area from Vermont in 1839 to become the first white settler. The township was officially organized on March 25, 1846.[3]

There are no incorporated municipalities within the township. The unincorporated communities of Riverside and Lake Michigan Beach (also known as "Hagar Shores") are within the township.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 18.7 square miles (48.4 km²), of which, 18.6 square miles (48.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.59%) is water.

I-196/US 31 serve the township with two interchanges, and M-63 passes through the township along the shore of Lake Michigan.

The Paw Paw River runs through the township.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,964 people, 1,639 households, and 1,085 families residing in the township. The population density was 213.4 per square mile (82.4/km²). There were 2,122 housing units at an average density of 114.2/sq mi (44.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.59% White, 1.74% African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.83% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.14% of the population.

There were 1,639 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.94.

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