Brownstown Charter Township, Michigan

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Brownstown Township, Michigan
Charter Township of Brownstown
Brownstown Charter Township Offices
Brownstown Charter Township Offices
"Where The Future Looks Brighter"[1]
Location within Wayne County
Location within Wayne County
Brownstown is located in Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°07′34″N 83°15′26″W / 42.12611°N 83.25722°W / 42.12611; -83.25722Coordinates: 42°07′34″N 83°15′26″W / 42.12611°N 83.25722°W / 42.12611; -83.25722
Country United States
State Michigan
County Wayne
 • SupervisorAndrew Linko
 • Charter township30.5 sq mi (79 km2)
 • Land22.5 sq mi (58.3 km2)
 • Water8.0 sq mi (20.7 km2)
584 ft (178 m)
 • Charter township30,627
 • Metro
4,285,832 (Metro Detroit)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48134, 48173, 48174, 48183, 48193
Area code(s)734
FIPS code26-11220[2]
GNIS feature ID1625993[3]
WebsiteOfficial website

Brownstown Charter Township is a charter township in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 30,627 at the 2010 census.

It is part of the collection of communities known as Downriver. Brownstown's three separate segments are due to the incorporation of the cities of Flat Rock, Rockwood, and Woodhaven in the early 1960s.[4]


The region now known as Brownstown was, like surrounding areas in Michigan, once a part of the French Province Quebec. The area eventually fell into hands of the British and finally came under American rule in the 18th century. The original 43-square-mile (110 km2) area of land south of Detroit was designated a township by the Michigan Territorial Council on April 5, 1827, when Moses Roberts was elected its first supervisor. This made Brownstown one of Wayne County's nine original townships.[5]

Research from local historians have found that the township was named for Adam Brown, who was kidnapped by the Wyandot Indians. Brown was raised by the Wyandots, married a native woman and grew to become a tribal leader. As time passed, settlements spread out from the lakeshore to begin changing the swampy, sand-hill countryside into productive farm land. Established in 1893 Kurtzhals Farm is one of the largest remaining farms in the township.[5][6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 30.5 square miles (79 km2), of which 22.5 square miles (58 km2) is land and 8.1 square miles (21 km2) (26.47%) is water. It is divided into three sections, two of which meet at a corner.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 22,989 people, 8,322 households, and 6,249 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,024.0 per square mile (395.4/km²). There were 9,008 housing units at an average density of 401.3 per square mile (154.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 89.02% White, 3.82% African American, 0.53% Native American, 3.83% Asian, 0.86% from other races, and 1.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.58% of the population.

There were 8,322 households out of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the township the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $55,239, and the median income for a family was $65,544. Males had a median income of $50,246 versus $29,614 for females. The per capita income for the township was $22,523. About 5.7% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2010 the population of Brownstown Township was 30,627. The racial and ethnic makeup of the population was 79.0% Non-Hispanic white, 8.6% black or African-American, 0.4% Native American, 5.2% Asian, 0.1% Non-Hispanics of some other race, 2.1% reporting two or more races and 5.2% Hispanic or Latino.[7]


Kurtzhals Farms
Brownstown battery assembly plant

The township is also home to the Chevrolet Volt Battery Pack Assembly Plant. GM converted an empty warehouse on Sibley and King roads between I-75 and Allen Road into a temporary plant.[8]

Amazon opened a distribution center in Brownstown in 2015.[9]

Ground Travel Specialist and Travel Treasures and Tours moved from Lincoln Park to Brownstown in 2014.


Most of the township is served by the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District. The district includes eight separate schools and students from both the City of Woodhaven and Brownstown Township may attend the district.[10] Woodhaven High School is the high school for the district.[11]

A portion of the township is within the Gibraltar School District.[12][13]

Students in the small neighborhood south of Pennsylvania Road and west of Telegraph within Brownstown attend Taylor School District schools. These students are assigned to Eureka Heights Elementary School,[14] West Middle School,[15] and Taylor High School, all in Taylor.[16]

Residents in the northern section were once served by the Bacon Memorial Library in Wyandotte, but are now served by the Riverview Public Library in Riverview, meanwhile, residents of the southern section are served by the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library in Trenton.[17]


  1. ^ "The Charter Township of Brownstown, Michigan". The Charter Township of Brownstown, Michigan. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Brownstown Charter Township, Michigan
  4. ^ History of Woodhaven Archived July 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "History", Brownstown Township web site
  6. ^ "Wyandotte Nation Adam Brown biography". Wyandotte Nation. Retrieved August 11, 2014. Excerpted from the C. A. Buser files and the book, The Provisional Government of Nebraska Territory and The Journals of William Walker, Provisional Governor of Nebraska Territory – Edited by William E. Connelley
  7. ^ 2010 census chart for Brownstown Archived May 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Frank Witsil, Frank (July 22, 2017). "For Even Faster Deliveries, Amazon Building Distribution Centers in Michigan". Detroit Free Press.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2012-08-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Woodhaven-Brownstown School District". Woodhaven-Brownstown School District. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  12. ^ "Gibraltar District Map" (Archive). Gibraltar School District. Retrieved on June 15, 2014.
  13. ^ "Zoning Map" (Archive). Brownstown Township, Michigan. Retrieved on June 15, 2014.
  14. ^ "Elementary School Boundary Map." Taylor School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2014.
  15. ^ "Middle School Boundary Map." Taylor School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2014.
  16. ^ "High School Boundary Map." Taylor School District. Retrieved on April 20, 2014.
  17. ^ "District Map" (Archive). Brownstown Township. Retrieved on June 15, 2014.

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