Burns Township, Michigan

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Burns Township, Michigan
Location of Burns Township within Shiawassee County, Michigan
Location of Burns Township within Shiawassee County, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°49′40″N 83°58′55″W / 42.82778°N 83.98194°W / 42.82778; -83.98194Coordinates: 42°49′40″N 83°58′55″W / 42.82778°N 83.98194°W / 42.82778; -83.98194
CountryUnited States
 • Total35.7 sq mi (92.5 km2)
 • Land35.5 sq mi (91.9 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
850 ft (259 m)
 • Total3,500
 • Density98.6/sq mi (38.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code26-11880[1]
GNIS feature ID1625137[2]

Burns Township is a civil township of Shiawassee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 3,500.


Whitmore Knaggs established a trading post here in 1820 to exchange goods for furs with the local Ojibwe. The township was organized in 1835.[3]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.7 square miles (92 km2), of which 35.5 square miles (92 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.62%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,500 people, 1,191 households, and 993 families residing in the township. The population density was 98.6 per square mile (38.1/km²). There were 1,230 housing units at an average density of 34.7 per square mile (13.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.91% White, 0.03% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population.

There were 1,191 households out of which 40.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.2% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.6% were non-families. 13.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the township the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $49,671, and the median income for a family was $52,888. Males had a median income of $43,611 versus $24,730 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,622. About 3.3% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under age 18 and 0.9% of those age 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: Burns Township, Michigan
  3. ^ Romig 1986, p. 88.
  4. ^ Village and City Histories of Shiawassee County, Michigan
  5. ^ SHIAWASSEE County Map. J. Shively. State of Michigan Department of Information Technology Technology Center for Genographic Information. September 2007.
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Union Plains, Michigan