Indianfields Township, Michigan

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Indianfields Township is a civil township of Tuscola County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 6,392 at the 2000 census, making it the largest unit of local government in the Thumb of Michigan, although this figure also includes most of the population of the city of Caro.



  • The city of Caro, which is also the county seat of Tuscola County, is located in the northern portion of Indianfields Township, although administratively autonomous. Caro was a village until becoming a city in 2009. The Caro post office, with ZIP code 48723, also serves nearly all of Indianfields Township.[3]
  • Wahjamega is an unincorporated community in the township at 43°27′20″N 83°26′23″W / 43.45556°N 83.43972°W / 43.45556; -83.43972 (Wahjamega).[4] A lumberman named William A. Heartt first visited here in 1852 and moved here the following year. He became the first postmaster on August 8, 1857, and platted the settlement. The name is an acronym from the initials of three partners who operated a sawmill here: William A Heartt, James A. Montgomery, and Edgar George Avery. The post office closed on May 31, 1905, but was restored from December 2, 1914, until August 31, 1940. The settlement was absorbed when the Michigan Farm Colony for Epileptics, now the Caro Center, was founded here.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.2 square miles (91.2 km²), of which, 34.7 square miles (90.0 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (1.36%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,392 people, 2,505 households, and 1,600 families residing in the township. The population density was 184.0 per square mile (71.0/km²). There were 2,707 housing units at an average density of 77.9/sq mi (30.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 92.77% White, 2.83% African American, 0.92% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.67% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.04% of the population.

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