Hamburg Township, Michigan

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Hamburg Township, Michigan
Township of Hamburg
Township Hall
Township Hall
"A Great Place To Grow!"
Hamburg Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Hamburg Township, Michigan
Hamburg Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°27′47″N 83°50′53″W / 42.46306°N 83.84806°W / 42.46306; -83.84806Coordinates: 42°27′47″N 83°50′53″W / 42.46306°N 83.84806°W / 42.46306; -83.84806
CountryUnited States
 • Township Supervisor2008-2016 - Patrick J. Hohl
 • Total36.0 sq mi (93.3 km2)
 • Land32.4 sq mi (83.9 km2)
 • Water3.6 sq mi (9.4 km2)
853 ft (260 m)
 • Total21,165
 • Density636.9/sq mi (245.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
48139 (Hamburg),
48143 (Lakeland),
48116 (Brighton),
48169 (Pinckney),
48189 (Whitmore Lake)
Area code(s)810
FIPS code26-36100[1]
GNIS feature ID1626420[2]
Former Fire Station

Hamburg Township is a civil township of Livingston County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 21,165 making it the largest municipality in Livingston County.


A trio of unincorporated communities exist within the township:

Zip Code areas[edit]

  • Brighton is to the northeast, and the Brighton ZIP code, 48116, serves northeastern areas of Hamburg Township.[10]
  • Pinckney is to the west, and the Pinckney ZIP code, 48169, serves much of the western portion of Hamburg Township.[11]
  • Whitmore Lake is to the southeast, and the Whitmore Lake ZIP code, 48189, serves a portion in the southeast of Hamburg Township.[12]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.0 square miles (93 km2), of which 32.4 square miles (84 km2) is land and 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2) (10.08%) is water. There are 32 named lakes, with numerous smaller ponds, marshes, creeks and streams.

Parks/Lakelands Trail/Brighton State Recreation Area[edit]

East and West Bennett Parks off of Merrill Road service the recreational needs of township children for soccer, football, cheerleading, and softball.

Five miles of the Lakelands Trail have been developed through Hamburg Township. The trail is asphalted and parallels the major state highway M-36. It is a favorite place of Township residents for walking and bicycling. No motorized vehicles are permitted on the Lakelands Trail.

Just over an entire section (Section 10) of Hamburg Township contains a significant portion of the Brighton State Recreation Area. Rustic and modern campsites are available. There is a swimming beach and boat launch for Bishop Lake, together with numerous picnic areas, barbecue facilities and hiking trails.

The Huron River/Flooding[edit]

Hamburg Township is traversed east to west by approximately 10 miles of the Huron River. The Huron River area near Hamburg Road in the vicinity of Ore Lake/Little Ore Lake has been the subject of numerous recent flooding events since 2000. The last major flooding was in May, 2004 when the water reached 8.13 feet (flood stage is 6.5 feet)and the event was declared a disaster. Flooding occurred in September, 2008 as result of the convergence of weed growth and heavy rains from southern hurricanes. The most recent flooding occurred in March, 2009, with record breaking streamflows. Hamburg Township is a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program and the Community Rating Service Program of NFIP, being a Class 8 community.

The many natural features of the Hamburg have lent itself to the development of "open space" zoning and planning techniques employed by the developers of numerous subdivisions in the 1990s and early 2000s.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 20,627 people, 7,086 households, and 5,796 families residing in the township. The population density was 636.9 per square mile (245.9/km²). There were 7,678 housing units at an average density of 237.1 per square mile (91.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.22% White, 1.02% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.

There were 7,086 households out of which 43.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.7% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 13.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the township the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $75,960, and the median income for a family was $81,351. Males had a median income of $56,671 versus $34,111 for females. The per capita income for the township was $30,283. About 1.5% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.

Municipal Services[edit]

Fire Station No. 12

Hamburg Township is served in many areas of the township by local sewer service. A map of sewered areas of the township is available by clicking [1]. Some of the sewer effluent is processed by Hamburg Township's own Waste Water Treatment Plant. Additional effluent is processed by the City of Brighton. The remainder of the township's homes and businesses are served by individual septic systems located on individual parcels. Hamburg Township is a participating community in the Livingston Community Water Authority [2]. Water service is available to a portion of the township served by the LCWA. The remainder of the township is served by individual wells located on individual parcels. Hamburg Township's road system is serviced by the Livingston County Road Commission and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). A number of private roads are serviced under private road special assessment districts by property owners along the roads.

Hamburg Township is one of only three townships in Livingston County that provides primary police service through its own police department. The Hamburg Township Police Department has 17 full-time sworn police officers who provide police coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hamburg Township, Michigan
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hamburg, Michigan
  4. ^ 48139 5-Digit ZCTA, 481 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census
  5. ^ a b Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lakeland, Michigan
  7. ^ ZIP Code Lookup Archived 2010-11-23 at WebCite, U.S. Postal Service
  8. ^ 48143 5-Digit ZCTA, 481 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census
  9. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pettysville, Michigan
  10. ^ 48116 5-Digit ZCTA, 481 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census
  11. ^ 48169 5-Digit ZCTA, 481 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census
  12. ^ 48189 5-Digit ZCTA, 481 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census

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