Alaiedon Township, Michigan
|Alaiedon Township, Michigan|
|• Total||35.6 sq mi (92.2 km2)|
|• Land||35.5 sq mi (92.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||909 ft (277 m)|
|• Density||81.3/sq mi (31.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1625809|
- German was an area of the township originally settled by immigrants from Germany.
- The city of Lansing is to the northwest of the township and also controls a noncontiguous tract of land within the township along Interstate 96 under a conditional land transfer agreement. Much of the northern portion is considered to be part of the Greater Lansing urban area.
- The city of Mason is to the south and has annexed land that was formerly within the township.
- The unincorporated community of Holt in Delhi Charter Township is to the west and the unincorporated community of Okemos in Meridian Charter Township is to the north.
- Michigan State University owns land in the northwest corner of the township.
The land that was to become the township was surveyed by a Musgrove Evans in 1827. Alaiedon Center from which the township got its name was settled in 1836 by James Phillips. It was also known as German Settlement because most of its early residents were Germans. That same year the first settlement, Jefferson City, was platted and founded at what is today the Hagadorn and Lamb intersection along Mud Creek. The township was formally organized in 1842, and was named by Henry Schoolcraft who came up with a pseudo Native American name he claimed meant "hill land for excellent living." At the time of its organization, the township consisted of what is today Lansing, Meridian, Delhi, and Alaiedon townships. The aforementioned townships would be spun off in 1842 to give the township the boundaries it has to this day.
The townships settlement pattern changed considerably in 1847 (the same year the state capital was moved to Lansing Township. It was found that the town was never formally platted, and thus didn't legally exist preventing the settlement's residents from obtaining deeds to their properties. Subsequently, the town was abandoned and few traces remain of its existence, today. In 1877, residents constructed a township hall on one quarter of an acre of Ingham County's "poor farm" that served as the township hall until 1959 when a new one was constructed at 2021 West Holt Road.
In 1998, and again in 2008, the township entered into two 425 Agreements with the city of Lansing to retain and expand the headquarters of Jackson National Life Insurance. The first conditional land sharing agreement involved approximately 160 acres, and the second 70 acres; both last for a duration of 50 years.
The eastern boundary of the township is the meridian used in the survey of Michigan. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.6 square miles (92 km2), of which, 35.5 square miles (92 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.14%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,498 people, 1,115 households, and 877 families residing in the township. The population density was 98.4 per square mile (38.0/km²). There were 1,154 housing units at an average density of 32.5 per square mile (12.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 89.82% White, 6.15% African American, 0.63% Native American, 1.40% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.86% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.37% of the population.
There were 1,115 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.3% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.3% were non-families. 17.2% 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 2.71 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the township the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 28.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 123.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 130.4 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $64,680, and the median income for a family was $69,261. Males had a median income of $52,500 versus $35,028 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,048. About 1.9% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.
The 2000 Census was erroneously found to have included population in the nearby city of Mason within the boundaries of the township. Mason launched a successful census challenge putting the revised population of the township at 3,048 for the 2000 Census.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Alaiedon Township, Michigan
- Walter Romig, Michigan Place Names, p. 221
- Romig, Walter. Michigan Place Names (Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig, not dated) p. 13
- Alaiedon Township website, "History" webpage, accessed April 18, 2010
- [Minutes of Board of Commissioners' Meeting, Lansing Board of Water and Light, Tuesday, September 22, 1998]
- Official Porceedings of the City Council, City of Lansing, January 24, 2008
- Corrected Census 2000 Total Population, Group Quarters Population, Total Housing Unit, and Vacant Housing Unit Counts for Governmental Units