Crystal Lake Township, Michigan

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Crystal Lake Township, Michigan
Crystal Lake Township is located in Michigan
Crystal Lake Township
Crystal Lake Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 44°38′38″N 86°12′35″W / 44.64389°N 86.20972°W / 44.64389; -86.20972Coordinates: 44°38′38″N 86°12′35″W / 44.64389°N 86.20972°W / 44.64389; -86.20972
CountryUnited States
 • Total17.1 sq mi (44.2 km2)
 • Land12.5 sq mi (32.5 km2)
 • Water4.5 sq mi (11.7 km2)
807 ft (246 m)
 • Total957
 • Density76/sq mi (29.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code26-19180[1]
GNIS feature ID1626148[2]

Crystal Lake Township is a civil township of Benzie County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 957 at the 2010 census.[3]


The township has an irregular shape running along Lake Michigan north of the city of Frankfort to Crystal Lake, running southeast through the lake to Benzonia Township, then south to Gilmore Township and west to the edge of the village of Elberta. The township includes the census-designated place of Pilgrim, located in the western part of the township between Lake Michigan and Crystal Lake.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 17.1 square miles (44.2 km2), of which 12.5 square miles (32.5 km2) is land and 4.5 square miles (11.7 km2), or 26.48%, is water.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 960 people, 414 households, and 303 families residing in the township. The population density was 74.9 per square mile (28.9/km²). There were 1,051 housing units at an average density of 82.0 per square mile (31.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.02% White, 0.73% Native American, 0.62% Asian, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

There were 414 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.72.

In the township the population was spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 24.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $36,528, and the median income for a family was $44,643. Males had a median income of $28,977 versus $20,982 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,987. About 4.9% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 4.2% 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: Crystal Lake Township, Michigan
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Crystal Lake township, Benzie County, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 27, 2013.

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