Adrian Charter Township, Michigan

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Adrian Charter Township, Michigan
Location within Lenawee County
Location within Lenawee County
Adrian Township is located in Michigan
Adrian Township
Adrian Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 41°55′55″N 84°3′18″W / 41.93194°N 84.05500°W / 41.93194; -84.05500Coordinates: 41°55′55″N 84°3′18″W / 41.93194°N 84.05500°W / 41.93194; -84.05500
CountryUnited States
 • Total34.6 sq mi (89.5 km2)
 • Land34.6 sq mi (89.5 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
869 ft (265 m)
 • Total5,749
 • Density166.4/sq mi (64.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)517
FIPS code26-00460[1]
GNIS feature ID1625804[2]

Adrian Charter Township is a charter township of Lenawee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 5,749. The city of Adrian is located partially within the township, but is administratively autonomous.


The present boundaries of Adrian township correspond to survey township 6 South Range 3 East. Lenawee County was initially divided into three townships by act of the Michigan Territorial Legislature on April 12, 1827. Tecumseh Township spanned the northern portion of the county, Logan Township spanned the middle tier and Blissfield Township spanned the southern tier (and also included an area in the "Toledo Strip" which ultimately became part of Ohio). Over time, new townships were created and the area of Logan Township was reduced. By an act of the Territorial Legislature on March 7, 1834, Logan Township was reduced to consist of T6S R3E and was renamed as "Adrian Township", to match that of Adrian, the main village in the township. The village of Adrian was platted under the name "Logan" in 1828 by Addison J. Comstock, but was soon renamed "Adrian" after the Roman Emperor Hadrian at the request of Comstock's wife.[3][4][5]


  • Birdsall was a hamlet in Adrian Township. It was founded by Darius Comstock, a brother of Addison Comstock, the founder of Adrian. Darius Comstock settled here in 1827. In 1831, he gave land to the Quakers to found a meetinghouse. In 1850, a Quaker school was founded here, which operated until 1908. There was a post office here from 1897 until 1901.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.6 square miles (90 km2), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,749 people, 2,147 households, and 1,711 families residing in the township. The population density was 166.4 per square mile (64.2/km²). There were 2,224 housing units at an average density of 64.4 per square mile (24.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 92.68% White, 1.65% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 2.94% from other races, and 1.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.97% of the population.

There are 2,147 households; of which 32.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.7% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.3% were non-families. 16.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $60,640, and the median income for a family was $64,653. Males had a median income of $46,106 versus $28,558 for females. The total per capita income for the township was $24,881. About 1.4% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those aged 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Adrian Charter Township, Michigan
  3. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
  4. ^ Bonner, Richard Illenden (editor) (2005) [1909]. "Adrian Township". Memoirs of Lenawee County, Michigan: from the earliest historical times down to the present, including a genealogical and biographical record of representative families in Lenawee County. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Library. pp. 235+. Retrieved 2008-02-02.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Fuller, George Newman (2005) [1924]. "County Organization and Government". A Third volume containing local history and personal sketches [of Saginaw and Lenawee counties, Michigan]. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Library. pp. 78+. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  6. ^ Walter Romig, Michigan Place Names, p. 63

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