Springfield Township, Oakland County, Michigan

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Springfield Charter Township, Michigan
Charter township
Motto: Come Home to Springfield Township
Location of Springfield Township within Oakland County, Michigan
Location of Springfield Township within Oakland County, Michigan
Springfield Charter Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Springfield Charter Township, Michigan
Springfield Charter Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°45′6″N 83°30′0″W / 42.75167°N 83.50000°W / 42.75167; -83.50000Coordinates: 42°45′6″N 83°30′0″W / 42.75167°N 83.50000°W / 42.75167; -83.50000
Country United States
State Michigan
County Oakland
Area
 • Total 36.7 sq mi (95.2 km2)
 • Land 35.6 sq mi (92.2 km2)
 • Water 1.2 sq mi (3.0 km2)
Elevation 1,017 ft (310 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 13,940
 • Density 380/sq mi (150/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-75760[1]
GNIS feature ID 1627110[2]

Springfield Charter Township is a charter township of Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 13,940.[3] The township was named for the numerous springs in the area.

Communities[edit]

The Township has no incorporated villages and five unincorporated communities within:

History[edit]

Springfield Township was established by the Michigan Legislature on March 2, 1836. Civil government was first organized April 3, 1837. Springfield, one of the very first settlements in the area, began with a hotel along the Detroit and Saginaw Turnpike, now known as Dixie Highway. Andersonville, located at the intersection of Andersonville Road and Big Lake Road, was settled shortly thereafter in 1833, followed three years later by the hamlet of Davisburg.

The Detroit and Milwaukee Railway (now part of the Canadian National Railway) was built in 1856, and two stations were in the township, in Andersonville and Davisburg. The railroad provided a major impetus to growth. Agriculture was the mainstay of the local economy and trains allowed the farmers to ship produce and live stock to market and to receive supplies and equipment. By 1860 Springfield Township's population was 1,425.

In 1924, Dixie Highway was paved from Pontiac to Flint. With the decline of agriculture as a major economic activity in the township, residents began commuting to Pontiac and Flint for employment in the developing automotive factories, marking the beginning of the township's decline. By 1930, Springfield Township's population had fallen to 923. The township's decline would unexpectedly be reversed in the 1960s with the construction of Interstate 75. The accessibility provided by two interchanges accelerated residential growth in the late 1960s and 1970s. Population improved, going from 1,825 in 1950 to 2,664 in 1960, 4,388 in 1970, 6,502 in 1976, and 8,295 in 1980.

Springfield Township has had a long-standing commitment to zoning and planning dating back to the early 1950s. The Township Board adopted an interim zoning ordinance in early 1952, which contained five zoning districts. In 1965 an ordinance which contained 13 different zoning districts was adopted. Planning and zoning functions were coordinated with the adoption of the township's first Master Plan in 1972 and subsequently the adoption of an entirely new zoning ordinance the following year. The 1973 ordinance serves as a basis for the current zoning ordinance.

Out of concern for the residential growth during the 1970s and its effects on the entire township, the Planning Commission embarked on a comprehensive review of the Master Plan and the Zoning Map in the early 1980s. As a result, the revised Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance incorporated natural resource protection information and standards. This slowed the growth of Springfield Township during the decade, growing to 9,927 in 1990. Additional comprehensive reviews and updates were done in the early 1990s and again in 2002. The primary basis for the township’s planning, zoning and land use decisions for at least the last 20 years has been the protection and preservation of their abundant and very special natural resources.

Today, Springfield Township is home to many parks, including Springfield Oaks County Park, site of the annual Oakland County Fair, and Indian Springs Metropark. The township is also home to several churches, a few schools including Springfield Christian Academy (the township's only high school) and a handful of shopping areas. The township's population, which increased by a third in the 1990s, continued to grow through the first decade of the 21st century.

Springfield Township also houses a former Superfund site, The Springfield Township Dump.

Springfield Township is a member of the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.8 square miles (95 km2), of which 35.6 square miles (92 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), or 3.16%, is water.

The Huron River rises in the Huron Swamp within the township.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 13,338 people, 4,619 households, and 3,658 families residing in the township. The population density was 374.8 per square mile (144.7/km²). There were 4,794 housing units at an average density of 134.7 per square mile (52.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.69% White, 1.09% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.98% of the population.

There were 4,619 households out of which 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.5% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.8% were non-families. 15.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the township the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $71,977, and the median income for a family was $76,816. Males had a median income of $57,500 versus $34,615 for females. The per capita income for the township was $28,247. About 3.8% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 and over.

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