Algansee Township, Michigan
|Algansee Township, Michigan|
|• Total||36.1 sq mi (93.5 km2)|
|• Land||35.5 sq mi (92.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)|
|Elevation||1,063 ft (324 m)|
|• Density||56/sq mi (21.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1625816|
There are no incorporated municipalities in the primarily agricultural township. The only concentrated settlement is the unincorporated community of Algansee, located at . Algansee was first settled in 1836.
It is believed that Luther Stiles and Ludovicus Robbins were the first white permanent settlers in the territory now known as Algansee Township. Although total strangers, by a curious coincidence both moved their families into the township on the same day. The Rev. Robbins led, but became mired in the mud, and Stiles passed him, thus by an hour or so, Mr. Stiles appears to be the original settler.
The township was formed from Quincy Township by the Michigan Legislature on April 2, 1838. The first township meeting and election were held at the house of Horace Purdy early in May 1838. In their petition to the legislature, the settlers suggested the name "Carlton", but the legislature, without explanation, instead selected the name "Algansee". It is thought the name was an invention of Henry Schoolcraft, who had similarly invented the names of many other Michigan counties and townships by blending elements from diverse Native American languages with other languages such as Latin and Arabic. The precise origin and intended meaning is unknown.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.1 square miles (93.5 km2), of which 35.5 square miles (92.0 km2) is land and 0.58 square miles (1.5 km2), or 1.55%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,061 people, 746 households, and 561 families residing in the township. The population density was 58.0 per square mile (22.4/km²). There were 970 housing units at an average density of 27.3 per square mile (10.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.69% White, 0.19% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.29% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.92% of the population.
There were 746 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.4% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the township the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 105.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.2 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $42,794, and the median income for a family was $44,130. Males had a median income of $30,625 versus $22,051 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,299. About 4.8% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Algansee Township, Michigan
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Algansee township, Branch County, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Algansee, Michigan
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