Lake Township, Benzie County, Michigan

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Lake Township, Michigan
Lake Township is located in Michigan
Lake Township
Lake Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 44°41′56″N 86°8′17″W / 44.69889°N 86.13806°W / 44.69889; -86.13806Coordinates: 44°41′56″N 86°8′17″W / 44.69889°N 86.13806°W / 44.69889; -86.13806
Country United States
State Michigan
County Benzie
 • Total 35.1 sq mi (91.0 km2)
 • Land 23.4 sq mi (60.6 km2)
 • Water 11.7 sq mi (30.4 km2)
Elevation 597 ft (182 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 759
 • Density 32/sq mi (12.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-44240[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626572[2]

Lake Township is a civil township of Benzie County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 759 at the 2010 census.[3] The township is irregularly shaped, following the shore of Lake Michigan from Crystal Lake north to Leelanau County. A portion of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is located in the northern end of the township.


  • Aral was built at the mouth of Otter Creek on Lake Michigan in 1880. It was built around the Otter Creek Lumber Mill. It was named after Aral, Ireland, because "Otter Creek" was already the name of another place in Michigan. It had a post office from 1884 until 1900.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.1 square miles (91.0 km2), of which 23.4 square miles (60.6 km2) is land and 11.7 square miles (30.4 km2), or 33.41%, is water.[3]


At the 2000 census,[1] there were 635 people, 318 households and 227 families residing in the township. The population density was 26.8 per square mile (10.4/km²). There were 1,106 housing units at an average density of 46.7 per square mile (18.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.43% White, 0.79% Native American, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.31% of the population.

There were 318 households of which 10.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.9% were married couples living together, 1.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.32.

9.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 2.4% from 18 to 24, 12.9% from 25 to 44, 35.9% from 45 to 64, and 39.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 61 years. For every 100 females there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.3 males.

The median household income was $46,979 and the median family income was $53,194. Males had a median income of $46,250 compared with $32,083 for females. The per capita income was $31,021. About 0.9% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 0.8% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Township, Benzie County, Michigan
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Lake township, Benzie County, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ Walter Romig. Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities (Wayne State University Press, 1973) p. 27. (However, there does not seem to be any place in Ireland called Aral.)

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