Fairhaven Township, Michigan

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Fairhaven Township, Michigan
Fairhaven Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Fairhaven Township, Michigan
Fairhaven Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 43°48′30″N 83°24′9″W / 43.80833°N 83.40250°W / 43.80833; -83.40250Coordinates: 43°48′30″N 83°24′9″W / 43.80833°N 83.40250°W / 43.80833; -83.40250
Country United States
State Michigan
County Huron
 • Total 58.0 sq mi (150.3 km2)
 • Land 21.1 sq mi (54.6 km2)
 • Water 36.9 sq mi (95.7 km2)
Elevation 581 ft (177 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,259
 • Density 59.7/sq mi (23.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-27120[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626266[2]

Fairhaven Township is a civil township of Huron County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,259 at the 2000 census.


Bay Port was settled in 1851 by Carl H. Heisterman. It was first named Geneva and later Wild Fowl Port. The post office was relocated here from Ora Labora in 1872.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 58.0 square miles (150 km2), of which 21.1 square miles (55 km2) is land and 37.0 square miles (96 km2) (63.67%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,259 people, 537 households, and 353 families residing in the township. The population density was 59.7 per square mile (23.1/km²). There were 770 housing units at an average density of 36.5 per square mile (14.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.17% White, 0.32% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.79% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.14% of the population.

There were 537 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the township the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 102.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $33,500, and the median income for a family was $37,813. Males had a median income of $31,958 versus $20,313 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,689. About 8.6% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 13.2% of those age 65 or over.




  • Romig, Walter (October 1, 1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities. Great Lakes Books Series (Paperback). Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 978-0-8143-1838-6.