Williamstown Township, Michigan

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Williamstown Township, Michigan
Williamstown Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Williamstown Township, Michigan
Williamstown Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°43′21″N 84°18′39″W / 42.72250°N 84.31083°W / 42.72250; -84.31083Coordinates: 42°43′21″N 84°18′39″W / 42.72250°N 84.31083°W / 42.72250; -84.31083
Country United States
State Michigan
County Ingham
 • Total 29.4 sq mi (76.3 km2)
 • Land 29.4 sq mi (76.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 922 ft (281 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 4,834
 • Density 164.3/sq mi (63.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-87440[1]
GNIS feature ID 1627275[2]

Williamstown Township is a civil township of Ingham County in the U.S. state of Michigan, located directly to the east of East Lansing. The city of Williamston is at the southeast corner of the township, but is administratively autonomous. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 4,834.


  • Africa was a section of Williamston Township settled by the Webb family. They were vocal abolitionsists and so other residents of the area called where they lived Africa.[3]
  • Alverson was the name of a post office in Williamstown Township. Samuel Alverson was a large landowner and he became the first postmaster and his home the post office in September 1852. The office closed in October 1867 and reopened in June 1868 with William Alverson as postmaster. It closed again in November 1874, but was reopened again in December 1874 and operated until January 1896.[4]

Politics and organization[edit]

The township hall is located on North Zimmer Road at the corner of Germany Road, at 4990 N Zimmer. Williamstown is a "general law" township with a supervisor, clerk, treasurer and four trustees. The current Township Supervisor is Mickey Martin.

See the related article on Williamston, Michigan for additional history of the area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 29.4 square miles (76 km2), of which 29.4 square miles (76 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.10%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,834 people, 1,692 households, and 1,416 families residing in the township. The population density was 164.3 per square mile (63.5/km²). There were 1,732 housing units at an average density of 58.9 per square mile (22.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.56% White, 0.62% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.

There were 1,692 households out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.9% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.3% were non-families. 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the township the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 32.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $79,778, and the median income for a family was $86,169. Males had a median income of $54,647 versus $38,854 for females. The per capita income for the township was $30,710. About 1.4% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Williamstown Township, Michigan
  3. ^ Romig, Walter. Michigan Place Names (Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig, not dated) p. 12
  4. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X. 

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