Alcona Township, Michigan

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Alcona Township, Michigan
Township
Alcona Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Alcona Township, Michigan
Alcona Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 44°47′4″N 83°26′35″W / 44.78444°N 83.44306°W / 44.78444; -83.44306Coordinates: 44°47′4″N 83°26′35″W / 44.78444°N 83.44306°W / 44.78444; -83.44306
Country United States
State Michigan
County Alcona
Area
 • Total 66.4 sq mi (171.9 km2)
 • Land 57.5 sq mi (148.9 km2)
 • Water 8.9 sq mi (23.0 km2)
Elevation 797 ft (243 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 968
 • Density 17/sq mi (6.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-01040[1]
GNIS feature ID 1625815[2]
Website alconatownship.com

Alcona Township is a civil township of Alcona County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 968.[3]

Communities[edit]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 66.4 square miles (171.9 km2), of which 148.9 square kilometres (57.5 sq mi) is land and 8.9 square miles (23.0 km2), or 13.36%, is water.[3] Negwegon State Park is within the township, and the southwest corner of the township is in the Huron National Forest, which offers outdoor recreational opportunities such as hunting, swimming, cross-country skiing and trout fishing. The forest contains 330 miles (530 km) of hiking trails. The Huron and Manistee National Forests were separately designated, but were combined in 1945 for administrative purposes.

The Lake Huron beaches in and around Alcona Township (including two state parks) have been recognized as being among the top ten in Michigan. "Old-fashioned lake vacations abound on this pretty stretch of Lake Huron."[8]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,089 people, 524 households, and 361 families residing in the township. The population density was 18.9 per square mile (7.3/km²). There were 1,313 housing units at an average density of 22.8 per square mile (8.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.89% White, 0.83% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population. 20.1% were of German, 15.1% English, 10.9% French, 10.8% Polish, 7.3% Irish and 6.9% French Canadian ancestry.

There were 524 households out of which 14.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 2.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.50.

In the township the population was spread out with 14.4% under the age of 18, 3.6% from 18 to 24, 16.5% from 25 to 44, 30.9% from 45 to 64, and 34.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 58 years. For every 100 females there were 105.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $34,125, and the median income for a family was $39,934. Males had a median income of $33,250 versus $21,364 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,160. About 4.3% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

In Black River, lumber baron Russell Alexander Alger had a home while tending to his lumbering operations. He thereafter was a Michigan governor, U.S. senator and U.S. Secretary of War during the William McKinley presidential administration. Russell A. Alger street parallels the Black River.

Community notes[edit]

The Alcona County Review, located in Harrisville, is the newspaper of record, and has served the community since 1877.[9]

Alcona Township elected officials[edit]

  • Roger Carlin, Township Supervisor (989) 471-5606[10]
  • Dawn LaLonde, Clerk (989) 471-2948[10]

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at Alcona Township Hall, 5576 N US 23[11] (information as of May 2012).

Education[edit]

Alcona Community Schools operates public schools.[12]

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