Torch Lake Township, Houghton County, Michigan

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Torch Lake Township, Michigan
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Torch Lake Township
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Torch Lake Township
Torch Lake Township (the United States)
Coordinates: 47°07′42″N88°24′09″W / 47.12833°N 88.40250°W / 47.12833; -88.40250 Coordinates: 47°07′42″N88°24′09″W / 47.12833°N 88.40250°W / 47.12833; -88.40250
Country United States
State Michigan
County Houghton
Established1886
Government
  SupervisorBrian Cadwell
Area
  Total93.0 sq mi (240.9 km2)
  Land80.1 sq mi (207.6 km2)
  Water12.9 sq mi (33.3 km2)
Elevation
741 ft (226 m)
Population
 (2000)
  Total1,860
  Density23.2/sq mi (9.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49922 (Dollar Bay)
49934 (Hubbell)
49945 (Lake Linden)
Area code(s) 906
FIPS code 26-80120 [1]
GNIS feature ID1627170 [2]
Website Official website

Torch Lake Township is a civil township of Houghton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population of the township was 1,880. [3] The township was established in 1886 and is one of the largest townships in Houghton County by area. It is surrounded by the Torch Lake, the Portage Lake, and Lake Superior. As well as a large number of unincorporated communities, the township also includes a portion of the Baraga State Forest which lies along the shores of Keweenaw Bay. The township borders Schoolcraft Township to the north, Osceola Township to the northwest, and Chassell Township to the southwest. [4] [5] [3] The community of Hubbell serves as the major population center of the township, as well as hosting the Township Hall itself. [6] [4] The mostly uninhabited 91-acre Rabbit Island, located offshore in Lake Superior, is a part of the township. [7]

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 93.0 square miles (240.9 km2), of which 80.1 square miles (207.6 km2) is land and 12.9 square miles (33.3 km2) (13.83%) is water.

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Demographics

As of the census [1] of 2000, there were 1,860 people, 740 households, and 523 families residing in the township. The population density was 23.2 per square mile (9.0/km2). There were 1,505 housing units at an average density of 18.8 per square mile (7.3/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 98.98% White, 0.43% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.32% of the population. 28.3% were of Finnish, 17.0% French, 12.6% German, 7.7% Italian, 6.9% English and 6.9% French Canadian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 740 households, out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the township the population was spread out, with 22.4% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $35,893, and the median income for a family was $43,077. Males had a median income of $31,307 versus $25,208 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,158. About 6.9% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.

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