Harrison Township, Michigan

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Charter Township of Harrison, Michigan
Charter township
Nickname(s): Harrison Township, Boat Town
Motto: The Boating Capital of Michigan
Location of Harrison Charter Township, Michigan
Location of Harrison Charter Township, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°35′1″N 82°49′45″W / 42.58361°N 82.82917°W / 42.58361; -82.82917Coordinates: 42°35′1″N 82°49′45″W / 42.58361°N 82.82917°W / 42.58361; -82.82917
Country United States
State Michigan
County Macomb
Government
 • Supervisor Kenneth J. Verkest
Area
 • Total 23.8 sq mi (61.5 km2)
 • Land 14.3 sq mi (37.0 km2)
 • Water 9.4 sq mi (24.5 km2)
Elevation 577 ft (176 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 24,461
 • Density 1,710.2/sq mi (660.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48045
Area code(s) 586
FIPS code 26-36820[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626439[2]
Website Harrison-Township.org

Harrison Charter Township is a charter township and a census-designated place (CDP) of Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 24,461. The 2008 Census Bureau Estimate places the population at 26,004.

Communities[edit]

There are two unincorporated communities in the Township/CDP:[3]

Belvedere was a village at the mouth of the Clinton River. It was established in 1837 but flooded and abandoned in 1838.[7]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 23.8 square miles (62 km2), of which 14.3 square miles (37 km2) is land and 9.4 square miles (24 km2) (39.79%) is water.[3]

Attractions[edit]

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The location of the township makes this area a very popular attraction for many people in surrounding areas. Lake Saint Clair Metropark (formerly Metro Beach Metropark) is located on the shoreline of Harrison Township and Lake St. Clair. The park contains nature trails, a nature center, playgrounds, beaches, pools, and picnic areas. The park has docks available to boaters. Locally, Harrison Township is known as "BoatTown U.S.A."

Demographics[edit]

The U.S. Census Bureau has defined Harrison Township as a census-designated place (CDP) in the 2000 Census. This allows the community to appear both on the list of places (like cities and villages) as well on the list of county subdivisions (like other townships). The final statistics for the township and the CDP are identical.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 24,461 people, 10,720 households, and 6,421 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,710.2 per square mile (660.5/km²). There were 11,486 housing units at an average density of 803.0 per square mile (310.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.53% White, 2.47% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.48% of the population.

There were 10,720 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $51,892, and the median income for a family was $67,129. Males had a median income of $47,444 versus $31,561 for females. The per capita income for the township was $29,491. About 3.6% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

The Charter Township of Harrison is run by a board of elected officials. As of 2013, township officials are as follows:

State Senator: Jack Brandenburg State Representative: Anthony Forlini

Supervisor: Kenneth Verkest Deputy Supervisor: Andrew M. Dymczyk

Clerk: Adam Witt Deputy Clerk: Margaret Lucido

Treasurer: Darrin S. York Deputy Treasurer: Ryan Gowing

Trustees: Frank T. Kapral, John "Jack" Swiatkowski, Lawrence Tomenello, David Bratto

These offices run until November 20, 2016.

The township is policed by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department with officers assigned to the area.[8] Although the township does not have its own police force, it does have a fire department. There are two fire stations, Station 1 is on Crocker Boulevard and Station 2 is on Jefferson Avenue between Metropolitan Parkway (16 Mile Road) and South River Road.[9][10] Harrison Township is serve by the L'Anse Creuse Public Schools.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Harrison Township, Michigan
  3. ^ a b "Macomb County". County Maps. Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lakeside, Michigan
  5. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X. 
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Saint Clair Haven, Michigan
  7. ^ Walter ROmig, Michigan Place Names, p. 55
  8. ^ "Police Services". Charter Township of Harrison. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Fire Station 1". Harrison Township Fire Department. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Fire Station 2". Harrison Township Fire Department. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 

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