Helena Township, Michigan

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Helena Township, Michigan
Helena Township is located in Michigan
Helena Township
Helena Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 44°53′44″N 85°15′43″W / 44.89556°N 85.26194°W / 44.89556; -85.26194Coordinates: 44°53′44″N 85°15′43″W / 44.89556°N 85.26194°W / 44.89556; -85.26194
Country United States
State Michigan
County Antrim
 • Total 23.1 sq mi (59.7 km2)
 • Land 16.2 sq mi (42.0 km2)
 • Water 6.9 sq mi (17.8 km2)
Elevation 696 ft (212 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,001
 • Density 62/sq mi (23.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 49612 (Alden),
49615 (Bellaire),
49676 (Rapid City)
FIPS code 26-37500[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626461[2]
Website www.helenatownship.com

Helena Township is a civil township of Antrim County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,001 at the 2010 census.[3] Helena Township was organized in 1865 by a division of Milton Township. It was named for Helena M. Thayer.[4]


Alden is an unincorporated community in the township on the southeast end of Torch Lake. The Alden ZIP code 49612 serves most of southwest Helena Township.[5]

Bellaire is to the northeast, and the Bellaire ZIP code 49615 serves the northeast portions of the township.[6]

Comfort was a station on the Pere Marquette Railroad. There was a post office here starting in 1913.[7]

  • Rapid City is to the south, and the Rapid City ZIP code 49676 serves a small area in the southwest part of the township.[8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 23.1 square miles (59.7 km2), of which 16.2 square miles (42.0 km2) is land and 6.9 square miles (17.8 km2), or 29.74%, is water.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 878 people, 408 households, and 281 families residing in the township. The population density was 54.0 per square mile (20.8/km²). There were 801 housing units at an average density of 49.3 per square mile (19.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.15% White, 0.11% African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.46% Asian, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.34% of the population.

There were 408 households out of which 19.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.57.

In the township the population was spread out with 16.6% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 34.7% from 45 to 64, and 22.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 104.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $40,096, and the median income for a family was $49,732. Males had a median income of $33,542 versus $22,083 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,948. About 3.0% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.




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

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