Waverly Township, Van Buren County, Michigan

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Waverly Township, Michigan
Township
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Waverly Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°16′42″N85°55′29″W / 42.27833°N 85.92472°W / 42.27833; -85.92472 Coordinates: 42°16′42″N85°55′29″W / 42.27833°N 85.92472°W / 42.27833; -85.92472
Country United States
State Michigan
County Van Buren
Area
  Total 34.4 sq mi (89.1 km2)
  Land 34.1 sq mi (88.4 km2)
  Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 686 ft (209 m)
Population (2000)
  Total 2,467
  Density 72.3/sq mi (27.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-84820 [1]
GNIS feature ID 1627229 [2]
A 1906 cadastral map of Waverly Township, showing property lines and names of landowners Van Buren County Michigan 1906 Waverly Township.jpg
A 1906 cadastral map of Waverly Township, showing property lines and names of landowners

Waverly Township is a civil township of Van Buren County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,467 at the 2000 census. Waverly Township was established in 1842.

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.

Van Buren County, Michigan County in the United States

Van Buren County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 76,258. The county seat is Paw Paw. The county was founded in 1829 and organized in 1837.

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 34.4 square miles (89.1 km²), of which 34.1 square miles (88.4 km²) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) (0.73%) is water.

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.

Communities

Demographics

At the 2000 census, [1] there were 2,467 people, 912 households and 691 families residing in the township. The population density was 72.3 per square mile (27.9/km²). There were 991 housing units at an average density of 29.0 per square mile (11.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.81% White, 1.46% African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 1.18% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.27% 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 912 households of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.5% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.2% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.07.

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.

27.6% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.3 males.

The median household income was $51,100 and the median family income was $53,567. Males had a median income of $37,829 compared with $26,382 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,443. About 5.4% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 10.8% 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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