Marcellus Township, Michigan

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Marcellus Township is a civil township of Cass County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,712 at the 2000 census. The Village of Marcellus is within the township.

The Township Hall is located at 13163 Marcellus Highway, Marcellus, MI, 49067.

According to the Cass County Road Commission, there is a total of 15.60 miles of primary road and 46.50 miles of local road in the township of Marcellus, as of December 31, 2008.[3]



The township was organized and had an election held on the 16th of June 1843. The first township Supervisor was elected, Daniel G. Rouse. Guerdon R. Beebee was elected Treasure, and Ephraim Huyatt was elected Clerk. The growth of Marcellus Township and the Village of Marcellus can be attributed to the Peninsular Railroad in the winter of 1870-1871, which created a economic boom for the area at the time.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.8 square miles (90.2 km²), of which, 33.3 square miles (86.3 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²) of it (4.25%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,712 people, 1,021 households, and 752 families residing in the township. The population density was 81.4 per square mile (31.4/km²). There were 1,186 housing units at an average density of 35.6/sq mi (13.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.57% White, 0.81% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population. There are no Pacific Islanders.

There were 1,021 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the township the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96 males.

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