Hope Township, Barry County, Michigan
Hope Township, Michigan
|• Total||36.1 sq mi (93.5 km2)|
|• Land||32.5 sq mi (84.1 km2)|
|• Water||3.6 sq mi (9.4 km2)|
|Elevation||974 ft (297 m)|
|• Density||100/sq mi (38.5/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1626488|
The area around Hope, especially along the Cedar Creek, was a center of Protestant missionary work among the Potomatami in the 1830s and 1840s. Hope was organized as a township in 1850.
- Cedar Creek is a locale in the southeast part of the township at  In 1849, Isaac LaGrange built the first sawmill in the township on the Cedar Creek. A post office named Cedar Creek was established in 1850, with LaGrange as the first postmaster. The office was permanently closed in December 1904.
- Cloverdale is an unincorporated community within the township on Long Lake served by a U.S. post office with a ZIP code of 49035.
- Schultz (also spelled Shultz) is an unincorporated community in the township at  It was a station on the Chicago, Kalamazoo and Saginaw Railway. A post office operated from November 24, 1888, until July 31, 1933. .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.1 square miles (93.5 km2), of which 32.5 square miles (84.1 km2) is land and 3.6 square miles (9.4 km2), or 10.01%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,283 people, 1,252 households, and 942 families residing in the township. The population density was 100.7 per square mile (38.9/km²). There were 1,659 housing units at an average density of 50.9 per square mile (19.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.41% white, 0.24% African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.16% of the population.
There were 1,252 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.4% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the township the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.2 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $41,983, and the median income for a family was $51,337. Males had a median income of $35,160 versus $25,436 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,399. About 6.8% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hope Township, Barry County, Michigan
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Hope township, Barry County, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
- History of Hope TOwnship
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cedar Creek, Michigan
- Romig, Walter (1986) . Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
- Johnson, Crisfield (2005) . "Hope Township". History of Allegan and Barry counties, Michigan, with illustrations and biographical sketches of their prominent men and pioneers. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Library. p. 440. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
- "Cloverdale, Michigan (MI) Community Profile". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Schultz, Michigan