Harrison Township, Michigan

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Harrison Township, Michigan
Harrison Charter Township
Boat Town USA
Location within Macomb County
Location within Macomb County
Harrison Township is located in Michigan
Harrison Township
Harrison Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°35′01″N 82°49′45″W / 42.58361°N 82.82917°W / 42.58361; -82.82917Coordinates: 42°35′01″N 82°49′45″W / 42.58361°N 82.82917°W / 42.58361; -82.82917
CountryUnited States
 • SupervisorKenneth J. Verkest
 • Total23.8 sq mi (61.5 km2)
 • Land14.3 sq mi (37.0 km2)
 • Water9.4 sq mi (24.5 km2)
577 ft (176 m)
 • Total24,461
 • Density1,710.2/sq mi (660.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)586
FIPS code26-36820[1]
GNIS feature ID1626439[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

Harrison Charter Township is a charter township and a census-designated place (CDP) of Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 24,461. The 2008 Census Bureau Estimate places the population at 26,004.


There are two unincorporated communities in the Township/CDP:[3]

Belvedere was a village at the mouth of the Clinton River. It was established in 1837 but flooded the following year and was abandoned.[7]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 23.8 square miles (62 km2), of which 14.3 square miles (37 km2) is land and 9.4 square miles (24 km2) (39.79%) is water.[3]


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The location of the township makes it a very popular attraction for many people in surrounding areas. Lake Saint Clair Metropark (formerly Metro Beach Metropark) is located on the shoreline of Harrison Township and Lake St. Clair. The park contains nature trails, a nature center, playgrounds, beaches, pools, and picnic areas. The park has docks available to boaters. Locally, Harrison Township is known as "BoatTown, U.S.A." due to the large number of marinas.

Selfridge Air National Guard Base is located in Harrison Township.


The U.S. Census Bureau has defined Harrison Township as a census-designated place (CDP) in the 2000 Census. This allows the community to appear both on the list of places (like cities and villages) as well on the list of county subdivisions (like other townships). The final statistics for the township and the CDP are identical.

As of the census[1] 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 per square mile (660.5/km2). There were 11,486 housing units at an average density of 803.0 per square mile (310.1/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 Charter Township of Harrison is governed by a board of trustees. As of 2016, township officers and trustees are:

Supervisor: Kenneth Verkest
Deputy Supervisor: Joseph A. Aragona
Clerk: Adam Wit
Deputy Clerk: Teri Salgot
Treasurer: Larry Tomenello
Deputy Treasurer: Angie Troyer
Trustees: Brian W. Batkins, Paula Rose, Dean Olgiati, David Bratto

The terms for these offices run until November 20, 2020.

The township is policed by the Macomb County Sheriff's Department with officers assigned to the area.[8] Although the township does not have its own police force, it does have a fire department. There are two fire stations, Station 1 is on Crocker Boulevard and Station 2 is on Jefferson Avenue between Metropolitan Parkway (16 Mile Road) and South River Road.[9][10] Harrison Township is served by the L'Anse Creuse Public Schools.

Elected officials representing the area in the Michigan Legislature are:

State Senator: Pete Lucido
State Representative: Steve Marino

Elected officials representing the area in the United States Congress are:

U.S. Senator: Debbie Stabenow
U.S. Senator: Gary Peters
U.S. Representative: Paul Mitchell

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Harrison Township, Michigan
  3. ^ a b "Macomb County" (PDF). County Maps. Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lakeside, Michigan
  5. ^ Romig, Walter (October 1, 1986). Michigan Place Names. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 978-0814318386. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Saint Clair Haven, Michigan
  7. ^ Romig 1986, p. 55.
  8. ^ "Police Services". Charter Township of Harrison. Archived from the original on May 9, 2012. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
  9. ^ "Fire Station 1". Harrison Township Fire Department. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
  10. ^ "Fire Station 2". Harrison Township Fire Department. Retrieved June 28, 2012.

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