Whitefish Township, Michigan

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Whitefish Township, Michigan
Civil township
Whitefish Township is located in Michigan
Whitefish Township
Whitefish Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 46°37′17″N 85°5′23″W / 46.62139°N 85.08972°W / 46.62139; -85.08972Coordinates: 46°37′17″N 85°5′23″W / 46.62139°N 85.08972°W / 46.62139; -85.08972
Country United States
State Michigan
County Chippewa
 • Total 293.6 sq mi (760.5 km2)
 • Land 241.5 sq mi (625.5 km2)
 • Water 52.1 sq mi (135.0 km2)
Elevation 686 ft (209 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 575
 • Density 2/sq mi (0.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-86700[1]
GNIS feature ID 1627260[2]
Website whitefishtownship.com

Whitefish Township is a civil township of Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 575 at the 2010 census.[3]



Whitefish Township occupies the northwest corner of Chippewa County on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is bordered to the east by Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior and to the north, beyond Whitefish Point, by Lake Superior proper. The township's western border is the Chippewa County/Luce County line.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 293.6 square miles (760.5 km2), of which 241.5 square miles (625.5 km2) is land and 52.1 square miles (135.0 km2), or 17.76%, is water.[3] The Tahquamenon River flows eastward across the center of the township, entering Whitefish Bay at the community of Emerson, just north of Tahquamenon Bay. The river drops over Lower Tahquamenon Falls within the township; Tahquamenon Falls State Park occupies a large portion of the township on either side of the river.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 588 people, 285 households, and 196 families residing in the township. The population density was 2.4 per square mile (0.9/km²). There were 1,087 housing units at an average density of 4.5 per square mile (1.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.41% White, 0.17% African American, 2.72% Native American, 0.17% from other races, and 1.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

There were 285 households out of which 15.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.47.

In the township the population was spread out with 14.8% under the age of 18, 2.9% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 35.0% from 45 to 64, and 26.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $29,432, and the median income for a family was $34,659. Males had a median income of $28,542 versus $27,708 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,154. About 5.7% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.7% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.


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