Geneva Township, Van Buren County, Michigan
|Geneva Township, Michigan|
|• Total||35.3 sq mi (91.5 km2)|
|• Land||35.3 sq mi (91.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||630 ft (192 m)|
|• Density||112.5/sq mi (43.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1626344|
- Lacota is an unincorporated community in the north of the township on 60th St. at  The community is near the northern boundary of the township and some residents in the adjacent Lee and Casco townships in Allegan County identify with Lacota. The Lacota post office, with ZIP code 49063, provides PO Box service. Clark Pierce became the first European settler in 1837. When the community was platted in 1870 by Enoch M, Pease, it was named Irvington after Pierce's son Irving. A post office named "West Geneva" opened on May 20, 1864, with Jerome B. Watson as the first postmaster. The post office name was changed to Irvington on June 2, 1874, and again to Lacota on December 22, 1884. The latter change was requested by the Michigan Central Railroad, which already served a town named Irving (in Irving Township, Michigan|, Barry County). The name Lacota was suggested by V. D. Dilley for the main character in a novel his father was reading at the time. .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.3 square miles (91 km2), of which, 35.3 square miles (91 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.06%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,975 people, 1,403 households, and 1,028 families residing in the township. The population density was 112.5 per square mile (43.5/km²). There were 1,567 housing units at an average density of 44.4 per square mile (17.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 82.54% White, 9.18% African American, 1.38% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 4.33% from other races, and 2.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.92% of the population.
There were 1,403 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the township the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 100.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $34,900, and the median income for a family was $38,125. Males had a median income of $35,712 versus $21,599 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,499. About 7.9% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 17.9% of those age 65 or over.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Geneva Township, Van Buren County, Michigan
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lacota, Michigan
- ZIP Code Lookup, United States Postal Service
- Romig, Walter (1986) . Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
- Post Office U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Geneva Township, Van Buren County, Michigan
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lacota Station (historical)