Shelby Charter Township, Michigan

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Shelby Charter Township, Michigan
Charter township
Charter Township of Shelby
Shelby Charter Township Welcome Sign
Shelby Charter Township Welcome Sign
Location of the Charter Township of Shelby, Michigan
Location of the Charter Township of Shelby, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°40′15″N 83°1′59″W / 42.67083°N 83.03306°W / 42.67083; -83.03306Coordinates: 42°40′15″N 83°1′59″W / 42.67083°N 83.03306°W / 42.67083; -83.03306
Country United States
State Michigan
County Macomb
 • Type Board of Trustee-Supervisor
 • Supervisor Richard Stathakis
 • Clerk Stanley Grot
 • Treasurer Michael Flynn
 • Trustees Paula Filar, Paul Viar, Nick Nightingale, and Douglas Wozniak
 • Total 35.2 sq mi (91.2 km2)
 • Land 34.7 sq mi (89.8 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
Elevation 679 ft (207 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 73,804
 • Density 1,878.7/sq mi (725.4/km2)
  also defined as a census-designated place (CDP)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-72820[1]
GNIS feature ID 1627062[2]

Shelby Charter Township is a charter township and census-designated place located in Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The township, a northern suburb of Detroit, is located roughly 15 miles north of the city. As of the 2000 census, the township had a total population of 65,159. The 2010 Census places the population at 73,804. Shelby Charter Township is one of the fastest growing communities in Metro Detroit.[3]


There are no incorporated villages and four unincorporated communities:[4]


The U.S. Census Bureau has also defined Shelby Charter Township as a census-designated place (CDP) in the 2000 Census so that the community would appear 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 65,159 people, 24,486 households, and 17,923 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,878.7 per square mile (725.4/km²). There were 25,265 housing units at an average density of 728.5 per square mile (281.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.95% White, 0.85% African American, 0.24% Native American, 2.11% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.71% of the population.

There were 24,486 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the township the population dispersal was 24.9% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $65,291, and the median income for a family was $76,312, making Shelby Charter Township one of the more affluent areas in Michigan. Males had a median income of $59,380 versus $33,844 for females. The per capita income for the township was $30,131. About 2.7% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.


The majority of residents are zoned into Utica Community Schools, which serves parts of the communities of Sterling Heights, Macomb Township, Washington Township, and Ray Township, as well as most of Shelby Charter Township, and all of Utica. However, a small amount of residents are zoned into Romeo Community Schools.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.2 square miles (91 km2), of which, 34.7 square miles (90 km2) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) of it (1.53%) is water.

Neighboring communities:

Commute Times:[citation needed]


Shelby Charter Township has a Supervisor-Board style township government with elected supervisor, clerk, treasurer and four trustees. The Township operates the Shelby Township Library as well as Cherry Creek Golf Course.[8]


Shelby Township was set off by an act of the Michigan Territorial Legislature on April 12, 1827 and a civil government was organized the following May. It originally included the area that is now Sterling Heights, which was set off March 17, 1835, as the township of Jefferson, renamed to Sterling on March 6, 1838. Utica, located on the southern edge of the township, originally incorporated as a village on March 9, 1838, although that corporation was dissolved soon afterwards. The village incorporated a second time on May 10, 1877.[9][10]

The village of Disco (42°41′02″N 83°02′04″W / 42.68389°N 83.03444°W / 42.68389; -83.03444 (Disco)) was located at what is now the junction of 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke Road.[11] and was platted in 1849.[12] The community never incorporated, although the local high school, the "Disco Academy" gained some recognition[citation needed] and a post office operated named Disco from May 5, 1854 until July 31, 1906.[13] Only a few homes and a namesake on old county road maps remain of this now forgotten historic place. See also: "The Lost Village of Disco" on the Shelby Township Historical Society website.

Main Highways[edit]

Shelby Charter Township sits on two main thoroughfares:

State highways

Notable People from Shelby Charter Township[edit]

Notable Places[edit]

  • River Bends Park, with two entrances off of Ryan and 22 Mile roads, is full of trails and has several kinds of kids play equipment, as well as a disc golf course.
  • Stony Creek Metropark, predominantly located in Washington Township, MI, and Oakland County, MI, a small portion of the park extends into Shelby Charter Township. The park includes two beaches, golf courses, a nature center, a boat launch, picnic areas, basketball courts, and more.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Shelby Charter Township, Michigan
  3. ^ "Shelby Township Statistics". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  4. ^ a b c "Macomb County". County Maps. Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Preston Corners
  6. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. pp. 459–460. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X. 
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Yates, Michigan & GNIS in Google Map
  8. ^ "Navigate Your Neighborhood Libraries" (PDF). Suburban Library Cooperative. pp. "12"/5. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Leeson, Michael A. (2005) [1882]. "Shelby Township". History of Macomb County, Michigan. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Library. pp. 717–742. Retrieved 2006-10-01. 
  10. ^ Eldredge, Robert F. (2005) [1905]. "Shelby Township". Past and present of Macomb County, Michigan. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Library. pp. 646–652. Retrieved 2006-10-01. 
  11. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Disco, Michigan retrieved 2014-03-22.
  12. ^ Romig, Michigan Place Names, p. 159
  13. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Disco Post Office (historical), Michigan & GNIS in Google Map

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