Bath Township, Michigan
|Bath Charter Township|
|• Type||Supervisor-Board of Trustees|
|• Supervisor||Paula Clark|
|• Superintendent||Troy Feltman|
|• Total||35.0 sq mi (91 km2)|
|• Land||31.8 sq mi (82 km2)|
|• Water||3.2 sq mi (8 km2)|
|Elevation||856 ft (261 m)|
|• Density||331.0/sq mi (127.8/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1625889|
Bath Charter Township is a charter township of Clinton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 11,598, an increase from 7,541 in 2000. It is situated directly north of the city of East Lansing.
Bath Township was the scene of the May 18, 1927, Bath School Disaster, named for the bombing of an elementary school; related bombings occurred at the perpetrator's farm and house, and with his truck near the school. The bombings killed 45 people and injured an additional 58; 38 of the dead were children in the second through sixth grades. The Bath School Disaster is the deadliest act of mass murder in a school in United States history, claiming more than three times as many victims as the Columbine High School massacre, and half-again as many victims as the Virginia Tech shootings. It has been described as the worst act of domestic terrorism in the United States until the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
Andrew Kehoe, the perpetrator, was described as seeking "murderous revenge" for having lost an election for town clerk in the spring 1926 after briefly holding the position as an appointee. In addition, he was under personal and financial stress; his wife had tuberculosis, and he had stopped making mortgage payments and been notified of foreclosure. He claimed it was valued too high and he had paid too much for it, but was unable to negotiate changes. Over months, he bought and set explosives at his farm and the community school. On May 18, he achieved revenge by destroying both. He began with murdering his wife and committed suicide in the last explosion.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.0 square miles (91 km2), of which, 31.8 square miles (82 km2) of it is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) of it (10.0%) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 11,598 people, 4,697 households, and 2,596 families residing in the township. The population density was 364.3 per square mile (140.6/km²). There were 5,106 housing units at an average density of 160.4 per square mile (61.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 87.5% White, 5.2% African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.6% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.
There were 2,799 households out of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the township the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $53,881, and the median income for a family was $58,825. Males had a median income of $43,548 versus $31,056 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,675. About 3.8% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.