Niles Charter Township, Michigan

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Niles Charter Township is a charter township of Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 13,325 at the 2000 census.

The City of Niles lies mostly within the boundaries of township, but is administratively autonomous. There are no other incorporated municipalities in the township. Much of the township is considered to be part of either the Niles urban area or the South Bend, Indiana urban area.

On June 5, 2006, the township board voted unanimously to approve a resolution for Niles Township to become Niles Charter Township.[3][4]



The township is irregularly-shaped, with a southern appendange consisting of a small portion of land lying between the St. Joseph River on the west and Cass County on the east and the Indiana state line to the south.

Bertrand Township lies to the east and south, Buchanan Township to the west, Berrien Charter Township to the north.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 38.5 square miles (99.7 km²), of which, 37.7 square miles (97.6 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²) of it (2.05%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 13,325 people, 5,252 households, and 3,744 families residing in the township. The population density was 353.5 per square mile (136.5/km²). There were 5,522 housing units at an average density of 146.5/sq mi (56.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 93.30% White, 3.03% African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.83% from other races, and 1.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.92% of the population.

There were 5,252 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.95.

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