Raber Township, Michigan

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Raber Township, Michigan
Civil township
Raber Township is located in Michigan
Raber Township
Raber Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 46°3′53″N 84°9′17″W / 46.06472°N 84.15472°W / 46.06472; -84.15472Coordinates: 46°3′53″N 84°9′17″W / 46.06472°N 84.15472°W / 46.06472; -84.15472
Country United States
State Michigan
County Chippewa
 • Total 143.1 sq mi (370.6 km2)
 • Land 97.8 sq mi (253.3 km2)
 • Water 45.3 sq mi (117.3 km2)
Elevation 600 ft (183 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 647
 • Density 7/sq mi (2.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49736 (Goetzville),
49725 (De Tour Village,
49774 (Pickford
FIPS code 26-66760[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626949[2]
Website www.rabertownship.org

Raber Township is a civil township of Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 647 at the 2010 census.[3]



Raber Township is located in eastern Chippewa County and is bordered to the northeast by the St. Marys River, with St. Joseph Island in the Algoma District of Ontario, Canada, on the far side. The southern boundary and part of the western boundary of the township follows the Mackinac County line, with the southern boundary very close to the northern shore of Lake Huron. Lake Superior State Forest occupies large areas in the northern and southern parts of the township.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 143.1 square miles (370.6 km2), of which 97.8 square miles (253.3 km2) is land and 45.3 square miles (117.3 km2), or 31.64%, is water.[3]

De Tour Village is to the southeast, but the De Tour Village ZIP code, 49725, serves the southeast corner of Raber Township.[9] Pickford is to the northwest, but the Pickford ZIP code, 49774, serves the northwest corner of Raber Township.[10]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 670 people, 310 households, and 208 families residing in the township. The population density was 6.8 per square mile (2.6/km²). There were 602 housing units at an average density of 6.1 per square mile (2.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 91.64% White, 0.60% African American, 4.33% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 3.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.64% of the population.

There were 310 households out of which 19.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.63.

In the township the population was spread out with 16.3% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 26.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.4 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $27,589, and the median income for a family was $36,964. Males had a median income of $30,469 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,956. About 8.5% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.


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