Bear Lake Township, Kalkaska County, Michigan
|Bear Lake Township, Michigan|
|• Total||72.4 sq mi (187.5 km2)|
|• Land||71.5 sq mi (185.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.9 sq mi (2.2 km2)|
|Elevation||1,217 ft (371 m)|
|• Density||10.4/sq mi (4.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1625897|
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 72.4 square miles (187.5 km²), of which 71.5 square miles (185.3 km²) is land and 0.9 square mile (2.2 km²) (1.19%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 746 people, 340 households, and 227 families residing in the township. The population density was 10.4 per square mile (4.0/km²). There were 1,072 housing units at an average density of 15.0 per square mile (5.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.45% White, 0.13% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.27% Pacific Islander, and 1.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.27% of the population.
There were 340 households out of which 18.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.60.
In the township the population was spread out with 17.0% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 31.8% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 101.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.6 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $36,875, and the median income for a family was $38,289. Males had a median income of $29,821 versus $21,339 for females. The per capita income for the township was $17,570. About 8.1% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.