Bay Township, Michigan

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Bay Township, Michigan
Bay Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Bay Township, Michigan
Bay Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 45°17′39″N 85°4′11″W / 45.29417°N 85.06972°W / 45.29417; -85.06972Coordinates: 45°17′39″N 85°4′11″W / 45.29417°N 85.06972°W / 45.29417; -85.06972
Country United States
State Michigan
County Charlevoix
 • Total 18.9 sq mi (48.8 km2)
 • Land 15.5 sq mi (40.2 km2)
 • Water 3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)
Elevation 846 ft (258 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,068
 • Density 68.8/sq mi (26.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-06000[1]
GNIS feature ID 1625891[2]

Bay Township is a civil township of Charlevoix County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 1,068. Bay Township's central village, Horton Bay, was featured in several of Hemingway's Nick Adams stories including "The End of Something".


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 18.9 square miles (49 km2), of which 15.5 square miles (40 km2) is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) (17.61%) is water. The unincorporated community of Horton Bay, located on the north side of Lake Charlevoix, is located within Bay Township.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,068 people, 429 households, and 326 families residing in the township. The population density was 68.8 per square mile (26.6/km²). There were 787 housing units at an average density of 50.7 per square mile (19.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.28% White, 0.47% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.56% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 429 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.1% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.8% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 30.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 112.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $48,462, and the median income for a family was $55,268. Males had a median income of $38,462 versus $28,558 for females. The per capita income for the township was $25,594. About 1.8% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 2.3% of those age 65 or over.