Harrison Township, Michigan

Coordinates: 42°35′01″N 82°49′45″W / 42.58361°N 82.82917°W / 42.58361; -82.82917
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Harrison Township, Michigan
Harrison Charter Township
Location within Macomb County
Location within Macomb County
Harrison Township is located in Michigan
Harrison Township
Harrison Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Harrison Township is located in the United States
Harrison Township
Harrison Township
Location within the United States
Coordinates: 42°35′01″N 82°49′45″W / 42.58361°N 82.82917°W / 42.58361; -82.82917
CountryUnited States
 • SupervisorKenneth Verkest
 • ClerkAdam Wit
 • Total23.76 sq mi (61.5 km2)
 • Land14.25 sq mi (36.9 km2)
 • Water9.51 sq mi (24.6 km2)
577 ft (176 m)
 • Total24,314
 • Density1,706.5/sq mi (658.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code586
FIPS code26-36820[5]
GNIS feature ID1626439[6]

Harrison Charter Township is a charter township of Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 24,314 at the 2020 census.[4]

Harrison Township was formed in 1827 in the Michigan Territory along the shores of Lake St. Clair. The township became a charter township in 1978.[7]


The township is in southeastern Macomb County, along the northwestern shores of Lake St. Clair. The Clinton River has its mouth in the lake within Harrison Township, and Lake St. Clair Metropark is within the township, along the lakeshore. The township is partially bordered to the west by the city of Mount Clemens, the Macomb county seat.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 23.76 square miles (61.5 km2), of which 14.25 square miles (36.9 km2) are land and 9.51 square miles (24.6 km2), or 40.03%, are water.[3]

Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which was first built in 1917, is an Air National Guard installation that occupies a large portion of the northern section of the township.


Major highways[edit]

  • I-94 runs south–north along the western edge of the township.
  • M-59 enters briefly in the northwest corner of the township before having its eastern terminus at I-94.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 24,461 people, 10,720 households, and 6,421 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,710.2 inhabitants per square mile (660.3/km2). There were 11,486 housing units at an average density of 803.0 per square mile (310.0/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 94.53% White, 2.47% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.48% of the population.

There were 10,720 households, out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the township the population was spread out, with 21.9% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $51,892, and the median income for a family was $67,129. Males had a median income of $47,444 versus $31,561 for females. The per capita income for the township was $29,491. About 3.6% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.


The entire township is served by L'Anse Creuse Public Schools, which is headquartered in Clinton Township to the west.[14]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Michigan Townships Association (2022). "Harrison Charter Township, Macomb County, Michigan". Retrieved January 5, 2023.
  2. ^ Harrison Charter Township. "Elected Officials". Retrieved January 5, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "2022 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Michigan". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2023.
  4. ^ a b "P1. Race – Harrison charter township, Macomb County, Michigan: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2023.
  5. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Harrison Township, Michigan
  7. ^ Harrison Charter Township (2018). "Historical Commission". Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  8. ^ Romig 1986, p. 55.
  9. ^ Romig 1986, p. 254.
  10. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lakeside, Michigan
  11. ^ Romig 1986, p. 315.
  12. ^ Romig 1986, p. 331.
  13. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Saint Clair Haven, Michigan
  14. ^ Michigan Geographic Framework (15 November 2013). "Macomb County School Districts" (PDF). Retrieved December 28, 2022.
  15. ^ Hotts, Mitch (February 10, 2011). "Dino Ciccarelli to close Club 22, open sports bar". Macomb Daily. Ciccarelli, of Harrison Township, is expected to introduce celebrity guests at Saturday's party.
  16. ^ Graff, Gary (November 1, 2009). "Happy Hour for Uncle Kracker". The Oakland Press. Harrison Township singer Uncle Kracker, 35, opens for Train on Tuesday at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.
  17. ^ Cooper, Josh (December 22, 2016). "David Legwand announces retirement from NHL". Yahoo Sports. Archived from the original on January 19, 2024. Legwand currently resides in Harrison Township, Michigan and is a co-owner of the Sarnia Sting in the OHL, along with fellow former player Derian Hatcher.
  18. ^ "Candice Miller". Northwood University. January 1, 2019. Washington, D.C. & Harrison Township, MI
  19. ^ Lapointe, Joe (February 17, 1998). "U.S. Women Beat Canada to Win Gold Medal". The New York Times. "It's so heavy," said Angela Ruggiero of Harrison Township, Michigan


  • 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 (Paperback). Great Lakes Books Series. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. pp. 55, 254, 315, 331. ISBN 978-0-8143-1838-6.

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