Blendon Township, Michigan

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Blendon Township, Michigan
Township
Borculo, a community in the township
Borculo, a community in the township
Blendon Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Blendon Township, Michigan
Blendon Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°54′13″N 85°57′5″W / 42.90361°N 85.95139°W / 42.90361; -85.95139Coordinates: 42°54′13″N 85°57′5″W / 42.90361°N 85.95139°W / 42.90361; -85.95139
Country United States
State Michigan
County Ottawa
Area
 • Total 36.5 sq mi (94.6 km2)
 • Land 36.5 sq mi (94.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 643 ft (196 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 5,721
 • Density 156.6/sq mi (60.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-08940[1]
GNIS feature ID 1625946[2]
Website www.blendontownship-mi.gov

Blendon Township is a civil township of Ottawa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 5,721.

There are no incorporated municipalities within the township. There are settlements in the unincorporated communities of Blendon, North Blendon, Borculo (which lies on the western boundary with Olive Township) and Bauer (which lies on the eastern boundary with Georgetown Township).

Olive Township is to the west, Robinson Township to the northwest, Allendale Charter Township to the north, Georgetown Township to the east, Jamestown Charter Township to the southeast, Zeeland Charter Township to the south, and Holland Charter Township to the southwest.

No major roads pass through the township, although Interstate 196 passes just south of the township. The city of Hudsonville is just southeast of the township, while the cities of Zeeland and Holland are just a short distance to the southwest. Grand Rapids is about 15 miles to the east and Grand Haven is 20 miles to the northwest.

History[edit]

Blendon Township was formed in 1854. It was named for the Blendon Lumber Company which owned much of the land in the township at the time.[3]

Communities[edit]

  • Bauer was established in 1880.[4]
  • Borculo was established in 1867 by Jackus Klamderman and named for it for his place of birth Borculo in the Netherlands. Most of the early settlers were Dutch.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.5 square miles (95 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,721 people, 1,743 households, and 1,492 families residing in the township. The population density was 156.6 per square mile (60.5/km²). There were 1,783 housing units at an average density of 48.8 per square mile (18.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.82% White, 0.17% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.44% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.94% of the population.

There were 1,743 households out of which 48.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 79.6% were married couples living together, 4.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.4% were non-families. 11.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.28 and the average family size was 3.57.

In the township the population was spread out with 33.1% under the age of 18, 11.8% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 103.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $56,094, and the median income for a family was $61,611. Males had a median income of $41,226 versus $31,000 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,876. About 1.6% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Blendon Township, Michigan
  3. ^ Romig, Walter (1986). Michigan Place Names. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. p. 66. ISBN 978-0-8143-1838-6 – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ Romig, Walter (1986). Michigan Place Names. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-8143-1838-6 – via Google Books. 
  5. ^ Romig, Walter (1986). Michigan Place Names. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. p. 71. ISBN 978-0-8143-1838-6 – via Google Books.