Deerfield Township, Mecosta County, Michigan

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Deerfield Township, Michigan
Deerfield Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Deerfield Township, Michigan
Deerfield Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 43°30′5″N 85°24′1″W / 43.50139°N 85.40028°W / 43.50139; -85.40028Coordinates: 43°30′5″N 85°24′1″W / 43.50139°N 85.40028°W / 43.50139; -85.40028
Country United States
State Michigan
County Mecosta
 • Total 35.9 sq mi (92.9 km2)
 • Land 35.8 sq mi (92.6 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 902 ft (275 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,630
 • Density 45.6/sq mi (17.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-21240[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626172[2]

Deerfield Township is a civil township of Mecosta County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,630 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.9 square miles (92.9 km²), of which 35.8 square miles (92.6 km²) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.3 km²) (0.36%) is water.


Deerfield Township was established in 1861.[3]:150


  • Borland was a hamlet in Deerfield Township. It was founded in 1869 by John A. Bell and named Bell Crossing. When the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad came through the place was renamed Bell Siding. The name was changed to Borland when the post office was established in the general store operated by Daniel Borland.[3]:71


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,630 people, 531 households, and 420 families residing in the township. The population density was 45.6 per square mile (17.6/km²). There were 625 housing units at an average density of 17.5 per square mile (6.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.95% White, 1.04% African American, 1.29% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.53% of the population.

There were 531 households out of which 43.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.0% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.9% were non-families. 16.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.40.

In the township the population was spread out with 33.6% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 100.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $36,293, and the median income for a family was $38,750. Males had a median income of $30,900 versus $24,886 for females. The per capita income for the township was $13,693. About 9.4% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.8% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.