Forsyth Township, Michigan

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Forsyth Township, Michigan
Forsyth Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Forsyth Township, Michigan
Forsyth Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 46°17′22″N 87°25′21″W / 46.28944°N 87.42250°W / 46.28944; -87.42250Coordinates: 46°17′22″N 87°25′21″W / 46.28944°N 87.42250°W / 46.28944; -87.42250
CountryUnited States
 • Total179.1 sq mi (464.0 km2)
 • Land175.2 sq mi (453.8 km2)
 • Water3.9 sq mi (10.2 km2)
Elevation1,161 ft (354 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total4,824
 • Density27.5/sq mi (10.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code26-29720[1]
GNIS feature ID1626299[2]

Forsyth Township is a civil township of Marquette County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,824 at the 2000 census. Forsyth Township is one of the few townships in the Upper Peninsula that has its own police department.[citation needed] Forsyth Township is larger than the City of Detroit in land area. The township was named for O. F. Forsyth, general agent for a mining firm in the area.[3]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 179.1 square miles (464 km2), of which 175.2 square miles (454 km2) is land and 3.9 square miles (10 km2) (2.19%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,824 people, 2,022 households, and 1,429 families residing in the township. The population density was 27.5 per square mile (10.6/km²). There were 3,846 housing units at an average density of 22.0 per square mile (8.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.17% White, 0.56% African American, 1.51% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.41% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.83% of the population.

There were 2,022 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $34,944, and the median income for a family was $43,125. Males had a median income of $32,969 versus $20,665 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,550. About 10.6% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.4% of those under age 18 and 9.4% 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: Forsyth Township, Michigan
  3. ^ a b Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Little Lake, Michigan