Thornapple Township, Michigan

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Thornapple Township, Michigan
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Thornapple Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°43′24″N85°28′50″W / 42.72333°N 85.48056°W / 42.72333; -85.48056 Coordinates: 42°43′24″N85°28′50″W / 42.72333°N 85.48056°W / 42.72333; -85.48056
Country United States
State Michigan
County Barry
Area
  Total35.9 sq mi (93.1 km2)
  Land35.3 sq mi (91.4 km2)
  Water0.7 sq mi (1.7 km2)
Elevation
748 ft (228 m)
Population
  Total7,884
  Density224/sq mi (86.3/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 26-79620 [1]
GNIS feature ID1627162 [2]
Website www.thornapple-twp.org

Thornapple Township is a civil township of Barry County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 7,884 at the 2010 census. [3] It is the most populous township in Barry County.

A civil township is a widely used unit of local government in the United States that is subordinate to a county. The term town is used in New England, New York, and Wisconsin to refer to the equivalent of the civil township in these states. Specific responsibilities and the degree of autonomy vary based on each state. Civil townships are distinct from survey townships, but in states that have both, the boundaries often coincide and may completely geographically subdivide a county. The U.S. Census Bureau classifies civil townships as minor civil divisions. Currently, there are 20 states with civil townships.

Barry County, Michigan County in the United States

Barry County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 59,173. The county seat is Hastings.

U.S. state constituent political entity of the United States

In the United States, a state is a constituent political entity, of which there are currently 50. Bound together in a political union, each state holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory and shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Americans are citizens both of the federal republic and of the state in which they reside. State citizenship and residency are flexible, and no government approval is required to move between states, except for persons restricted by certain types of court orders. Four states use the term commonwealth rather than state in their full official names.

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Geography

Thornapple Township is located in the northwest corner of Barry County. It includes the village of Middleville, population 3,319. Michigan state highway M-37 passes through the center of the township, leading southeast 11 miles (18 km) to Hastings, the county seat, and 22 miles (35 km) north to downtown Grand Rapids. The Thornapple River, a tributary of the Grand River, flows from south to north through the middle of the township.

Middleville, Michigan Village in Michigan, United States

Middleville is a village in Thornapple Township, Barry County in the U.S. state of Michigan and part of the Grand Rapids Metropolitan area. The population was 3,319 at the 2010 census.

M-37 (Michigan highway) highway in Michigan, United States

M-37 is a north–south state trunkline highway in the US state of Michigan. The southern terminus is near the border between Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties at exit 92 of Interstate 94 (I-94) southwest of Battle Creek. The northern terminus is at the Mission Point Light on Old Mission Point in Grand Traverse County. In between, the highway connects Battle Creek, Grand Rapids and Traverse City. Motorists will travel through agricultural land, forests, suburbs and large cities along the way. The section of M-37 on the Old Mission Peninsula was designated what is now a Pure Michigan Scenic Byway in 2008.

Hastings, Michigan City in Michigan, United States

Hastings is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, the county seat of Barry County as well as the county's only city. The population was 7,350 at the 2010 census. The city borders Hastings Charter Township on the north, east, and south, and Rutland Charter Township on the west.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Thornapple Township has a total area of 35.9 square miles (93.1 km2), of which 35.3 square miles (91.4 km2) is land and 0.66 square miles (1.7 km2), or 1.80%, is water. [3]

United States Census Bureau Bureau of the United States responsible for the census and related statistics

The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States.

Demographics

As of the census [1] of 2000, there were 6,685 people, 2,292 households, and 1,835 families residing in the township. The population density was 188.3 per square mile (72.7/km²). There were 2,383 housing units at an average density of 67.1 per square mile (25.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.89% White, 0.15% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.41% of the population.

Census Acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population

A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common censuses include agriculture, business, and traffic censuses. The United Nations defines the essential features of population and housing censuses as "individual enumeration, universality within a defined territory, simultaneity and defined periodicity", and recommends that population censuses be taken at least every 10 years. United Nations recommendations also cover census topics to be collected, official definitions, classifications and other useful information to co-ordinate international practice.

Population density A measurement of population numbers per unit area or volume

Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume; it is a quantity of type number density. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and most of the time to humans. It is a key geographical term. In simple terms population density refers to the number of people living in an area per kilometer square.

There were 2,292 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.1% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 16.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.29.

Marriage social union or legal contract between people called spouses that creates kinship

Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognised union between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between those spouses, as well as between them and any resulting biological or adopted children and affinity. The definition of marriage varies around the world not only between cultures and between religions, but also throughout the history of any given culture and religion, evolving to both expand and constrict in who and what is encompassed, but typically it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged or sanctioned. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal. A marriage ceremony is known as a wedding.

In the township the population was spread out with 31.7% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 7.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $53,333, and the median income for a family was $58,171. Males had a median income of $44,212 versus $26,861 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,782. About 3.7% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.

Per capita income mean income of the people in an economic unit such as a country or city

Per capita income (PCI) or average income measures the average income earned per person in a given area in a specified year. It is calculated by dividing the area's total income by its total population.

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References

  1. 1 2 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau . Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Thornapple Township, Michigan
  3. 1 2 "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Thornapple township, Barry County, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 26, 2013.