Cooper Township, Michigan

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Cooper Charter Township, Michigan
Cooper Charter Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Cooper Charter Township, Michigan
Cooper Charter Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°22′N 85°35′W / 42.367°N 85.583°W / 42.367; -85.583Coordinates: 42°22′N 85°35′W / 42.367°N 85.583°W / 42.367; -85.583
CountryUnited States
 • Total36.7 sq mi (95.0 km2)
 • Land36.3 sq mi (94.0 km2)
 • Water0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
850 ft (259 m)
 • Total8,754
 • Density241.2/sq mi (93.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code26-17980[1]
GNIS feature ID1626131[2]

Cooper Charter Township is a charter township of Kalamazoo County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 8,754 at the 2000 census. The township was organized in 1837.


The township is named after Sarah Sabina Cooper, the wife of Horace H. Comstock, an early pioneer of the area and founder of nearby Comstock, Michigan. She was the niece of the author James Fenimore Cooper.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.7 square miles (95 km2), of which 36.3 square miles (94 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) is water. A community called Cooper Center exists in the physical center of the township.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,754 people, 3,187 households, and 2,489 families residing in the township. The population density was 241.2 per square mile (93.1/km²). There were 3,269 housing units at an average density of 90.1 per square mile (34.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.16% White, 1.36% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population.

There were 3,187 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.9% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.9% were non-families. 17.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the township the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $47,004, and the median income for a family was $52,737. Males had a median income of $40,500 versus $27,817 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,566. About 3.0% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 4.1% 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: Cooper Township, Michigan
  3. ^ Gray, John S. (1970). Will Comstock, Scout: The Natty Bumppo of Kansas. Montana: The Magazine of Western History. 20. p. 5. ISSN 0026-9891. JSTOR 4517480. Retrieved 2018-11-14.

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