Watson Township, Michigan

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Watson Township, Michigan
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Watson Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°33′19″N85°43′11″W / 42.55528°N 85.71972°W / 42.55528; -85.71972 Coordinates: 42°33′19″N85°43′11″W / 42.55528°N 85.71972°W / 42.55528; -85.71972
Country United States
State Michigan
County Allegan
Area
  Total36.1 sq mi (93.5 km2)
  Land35.4 sq mi (91.6 km2)
  Water0.7 sq mi (1.9 km2)
Elevation
758 ft (231 m)
Population
 (2010)
  Total2,063
  Density58/sq mi (22.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 26-84580 [1]
GNIS feature ID1627226 [2]
Website www.watsontownship.org

Watson Township is a civil township of Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,063 at the 2010 census. [3]

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.

Allegan County, Michigan County in the United States

Allegan County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of 2010 United States Census, the population was 111,408. The county seat is Allegan. The name was coined by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft to sound like a Native American word.

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

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.1 square miles (93.5 km2), of which 35.4 square miles (91.6 km2) is land and 0.73 square miles (1.9 km2), or 2.04%, 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.

History

William and Eliza Miner, and Daniel and Flora Legget (two couples, Flora and William were siblings), are credited as the earliest settlers of Watson Township, in 1836.

On April 14, 1871, a post office named West Watson was established in the western part of Watson Township. On October 2 of that year, the post office was renamed Abronia. This post office operated until June 30, 1902. [4]

Demographics

As of the census [1] of 2000, there were 2,086 people, 694 households, and 567 families residing in the township. The population density was 58.9 per square mile (22.7/km²). There were 748 housing units at an average density of 21.1 per square mile (8.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.08% White, 0.10% African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.49% 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. This 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 694 households out of which 41.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.5% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 13.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.30.

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

Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a culturally recognised union between people, called spouses, that establishes rights and obligations between them, as well as between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws. 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 31.3% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 110.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $49,070, and the median income for a family was $51,591. Males had a median income of $36,591 versus $28,063 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,095. About 5.8% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 3.8% 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: Watson Township, Michigan
  3. 1 2 "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Watson township, Allegan County, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  4. Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN   0-8143-1838-X.