Carlton Township, Michigan

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Carlton Township, Michigan
Carlton Township is located in Michigan
Carlton Township
Carlton Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°44′11″N 85°15′17″W / 42.73639°N 85.25472°W / 42.73639; -85.25472Coordinates: 42°44′11″N 85°15′17″W / 42.73639°N 85.25472°W / 42.73639; -85.25472
Country United States
State Michigan
County Barry
 • Total 35.7 sq mi (92.4 km2)
 • Land 35.1 sq mi (91.0 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
Elevation 797 ft (243 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,391
 • Density 68/sq mi (26.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-13340[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626031[2]

Carlton Township is a civil township of Barry County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,391 at the 2010 census.[3]


The name of Carlton Township was given it by George Fuller and his family, the first settlers here in 1836.[4] It was organized as a township in 1842.


  • Gerkey was an unincorporated place in Carlton Township. It had a post office from 1884 until 1902.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.7 square miles (92.4 km2), of which 35.1 square miles (91.0 km2) is land and 0.54 square miles (1.4 km2), or 1.55%, is water.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,331 people, 836 households, and 657 families residing in the township. The population density was 66.3 per square mile (25.6/km²). There were 904 housing units at an average density of 25.7 per square mile (9.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.25% White, 0.26% African American, 0.73% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.64% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.72% of the population.

There were 836 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.5% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.3% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the township the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $46,359, and the median income for a family was $48,816. Males had a median income of $35,849 versus $25,737 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,226. About 5.3% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.