Sodus Township, Michigan

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Sodus Township, Michigan
Township
Sodus Township is located in Michigan
Sodus Township
Sodus Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°2′39″N 86°22′54″W / 42.04417°N 86.38167°W / 42.04417; -86.38167Coordinates: 42°2′39″N 86°22′54″W / 42.04417°N 86.38167°W / 42.04417; -86.38167
Country United States
State Michigan
County Berrien
Area
 • Total 20.0 sq mi (51.8 km2)
 • Land 19.4 sq mi (50.3 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
Elevation 682 ft (208 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,932
 • Density 99/sq mi (38.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49126
Area code(s) 269
FIPS code 26-74440[1]
GNIS feature ID 1627087[2]
Website sodustwp.org

Sodus Township is a civil township of Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,932 at the 2010 census.[3] There are no incorporated municipalities in the township. The unincorporated community of Sodus[4] in the northwest of the township is its main settlement; the portion of the township just to the west is part of the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph urban area.[5]

History[edit]

The area was first settled about 1836, when James B. Larue began building a sawmill on Pipestone Creek. In 1853, Joab Enos built a flour mill, also on Pipestone Creek.[6]

The township was organized on October 11, 1859.[7]

Sodus has had retail establishments in the past, though it has none now.[8]

Geography[edit]

The St. Joseph River forms most of the western boundary of the township, with Royalton Township on the other side of the river. The township shares a short western border with the community of Fair Plain in Benton Charter Township north of the St. Joseph River. Benton Charter Township continues as the township to the north, Bainbridge Township is to the northeast, Pipestone Township to the east, Berrien Township to the southeast, and Oronoko Charter Township to the south. A new segment of US 31 was completed in August 2003 that re-routed the highway through the township. Interstate 94 crosses the northwest corner of the township with two interchanges located nearby.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 20.0 square miles (51.8 km2), of which 19.4 square miles (50.3 km2) is land and 0.58 square miles (1.5 km2), or 2.91%, is water.[3]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,139 people, 884 households, and 570 families residing in the township. The population density was 109.5 per square mile (42.3/km²). There were 957 housing units at an average density of 49.0 per square mile (18.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 87.19% White, 8.37% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 1.26% from other races, and 2.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.74% of the population.

There were 884 households out of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $33,804, and the median income for a family was $42,250. Males had a median income of $34,018 versus $22,824 for females. The per capita income for the township was $17,646. About 6.6% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.

Culture[edit]

Sodus is the birthplace of Basketball Hall of Fame referee James Enright.

The novel At Home in Old Sodus by Michael Jewell (ISBN 1603832343) is set in Sodus Township.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sodus Township, Michigan
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Sodus township, Berrien County, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sodus
  5. ^ United States Census Bureau (2000). Urbanized Area Outline Map (Census 2000), Benton Harbor–St. Joseph, MI (Map). 1 : 33,208. http://ftp2.census.gov/geo/maps/urbanarea/uaoutline/UA2000/ua07138/ua07138_01.pdf.
  6. ^ Cowles, Edward B. (1871). Berrien County Directory and History, p. 213. Buchanan, Michigan: Record Steam Printing House.
  7. ^ Sodus Township, Berrien County Community Development Department, August 2008.
  8. ^ Heibutzki, Ralph (2009-09-22). "Shadow of its former self". The Herald-Palladium. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  9. ^ "'Old Sodus' in the early 1970s". The Herald-Palladium. 2010-04-24. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 

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