Mount Morris Township, Michigan
|Mount Morris Charter Township
Mt. Morris Township
|• Total||31.5 sq mi (81.5 km2)|
|• Land||31.4 sq mi (81.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2) 0.13%|
|Elevation||761 ft (232 m)|
|• Density||754.7/sq mi (291.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1626775|
- The City of Mount Morris is adjacent to the township, but is governed independently of the township.
- Beecher is an urbanized area of the township lying between the cities of Mount Morris and Flint. There is also a census-designated place with the same name defined for statistical purposes that covers the approximate area of the community. A portion of the CDP also lies within Genesee Township.
- Much of the southeast portion of the township is considered to be a part of the Flint urban area.
The Township's survey area was in Grand Blanc Township from 1833 to 1836 when its area was included in Flushing and Genesee townships. The first settler was Benjamin Pearson of Avon, New York came in May of 1833 to sections 25 and 36. On February 12, 1855, the Township of Mount Morris was established. An election was held in an abandoned log cabin in the southeast corner of the township. 74 votes were cast and the township was organized with elected officials with the main officials being: Ezekiel R. Ewing, supervisor; Bradford P. Foster, town clerk; Samuel R. Farnham, treasurer.
The township garnered national attention when on February 29, 2000, six-year old Kayla Rolland was killed by her first-grade classmate, Dedrick Owens, at Buell Elementary in the Beecher school district.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 31.5 square miles (82 km2), of which, 31.4 square miles (81 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.13%) is water.
Despite its name, there are no mountains in the township; contrarily, it is relatively flat, and the area it is in is part of the "Genesee Valley".
As of the census of 2000, there were 23,725 people, 8,815 households, and 6,355 families residing in the township. The population density was 754.7 per square mile (291.4/km²). There were 9,521 housing units at an average density of 302.9 per square mile (116.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 54.54% White, 40.15% African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.26% from other races, and 3.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.04% of the population.
There were 8,815 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 23.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the township, the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $36,069, and the median income for a family was $38,899. Males had a median income of $35,482 versus $25,886 for females. The per capita income for the township was $17,161. About 14.3% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.3% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
The township is served by Flushing Community Schools, Clio Area School District, Mount Morris Consolidated Schools, and Beecher Community School District. Westwood Heights Schools is located entirely within the township.
The township is home to Powers Catholic High School, located just outside the City of Flint's northern border.
The Everett A. Cummings Center is an indoor/outdoor convention center and fairgrounds. It was built in 1969 as the permanent home of the Genesee County Fair, held every year at the complex. There are several buildings in the complex, including a 30,000-square-foot (3,000 m2) arena seating 3,000 in bleachers and a 96-foot (29 m)-by-300-foot (28,800-square-foot) exhibit building, along with an outdoor grandstand and an indoor arena. It is part of the Genesee County Parks and Recreation system. In addition to the Genesee County Fair, it is also used for equestrian and athletic events, trade shows, and other special events.
The studios and offices of television station WSMH are located in the township.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mount Morris Township, Michigan
- William V. Smith, ed. (1924). An account of Flint and Genesee County from their organization. Dayton, Ohio: National Historical Association. pp. 27,45. Retrieved 05 July 2012.