Cannon Township, Michigan

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Cannon Township, Michigan
"A Historic Rural Community"[1]
Cannon Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Cannon Township, Michigan
Cannon Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 43°4′10″N 85°29′16″W / 43.06944°N 85.48778°W / 43.06944; -85.48778Coordinates: 43°4′10″N 85°29′16″W / 43.06944°N 85.48778°W / 43.06944; -85.48778
CountryUnited States
 • Total37.1 sq mi (96.1 km2)
 • Land35.9 sq mi (92.9 km2)
 • Water1.2 sq mi (3.2 km2)
843 ft (257 m)
 • Total13,336
 • Density359.5/sq mi (138.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code26-13080[2]
GNIS feature ID1626029[3]
WebsiteCannon Township,Michigan

Cannon Township is a civil township of Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 12,075.


The area that would become Cannon Township was originally attached to neighbouring Plainfield. In 1837 Andrew Watson brought his family to Cannon and built the first farm in the township. Over the next decade many other pioneers arrived and settled. In 1845 the township was split from Plainfield and took its present name.The state legislature organized Cannon Township as "Churchtown" in 1846. At the first town meeting, held in 1848, it was renamed Cannon, after Cannonsburg, the largest village. The earliest land claims date from 1835. Families began settling permanently in 1839. Zebulon Rood purchased 240 acres of land in 1840 and built Cannon's first house, a log structure. He also cut the first road, making it possible to transport goods across Bear Creek. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the production of wheat, wool, corn, apples and other fruits supported the economy. This building served as the township hall from 1890 until 1987, when it became the Cannon Historical Museum.

The township took its name from the small settlement of Cannonsburgh, which had been founded in 1842 at the direction of LeGrand Cannon, described as an eastern capitalist. The hamlet had 2 mills and a store by 1845, and the town was platted to encourage residential growth. Mr. Cannon was proud of his little town, and provided a fitting gift in appreciation: a small cannon inscribed with his name and date. The cannon was used by the townspeople to commemorate holidays, such as the 4th of July, until someone was hurt firing the ordnance. The cannon was then buried to prevent further injuries, but was later discovered and refitted for firing. Unfortunately, another person was subsequently injured while firing the cannon, and again it was buried, and has not been found again to this day.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 37.1 square miles (96 km2), of which, 35.9 square miles (93 km2) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) of it (3.29%) is water.


  • Cannonsburg is an unincorporated community in the township.
  • Chauncey (also known as Buena Vista and Imperial Mills) is an unincorporated, mostly historical settlement on the boundary between Cannon Township and Plainfield Township where Bear Creek enters the Grand River.

Zip Codes

  • Rockford-49341
  • Belmont- 49306
  • Ada 49301
  • Cannonsburg 49317


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 12,075 people, 3,913 households, and 3,341 families residing in the township. The population density was 336.5 per square mile (129.9/km²). There were 4,174 housing units at an average density of 116.3 per square mile (44.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.67% White, 0.47% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.01% of the population.

There were 3,913 households out of which 51.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.3% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.6% were non-families. 11.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the township the population was spread out with 34.2% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $70,925, and the median income for a family was $76,805. Males had a median income of $55,696 versus $31,310 for females. The per capita income for the township was $27,383. About 1.8% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.



  1. ^ "Cannon Township, Michigan". Cannon Township, 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: Cannon Township, Michigan

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