Merrill Township, Michigan

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Merrill Township, Michigan
Merrill Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Merrill Township, Michigan
Merrill Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 43°42′3″N 85°50′59″W / 43.70083°N 85.84972°W / 43.70083; -85.84972Coordinates: 43°42′3″N 85°50′59″W / 43.70083°N 85.84972°W / 43.70083; -85.84972
Country United States
State Michigan
County Newaygo
 • Total 35.8 sq mi (92.8 km2)
 • Land 34.9 sq mi (90.4 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2.4 km2)
Elevation 850 ft (259 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 590
 • Density 16.9/sq mi (6.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-53160[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626728[2]

Merrill Township is a civil township of Newaygo County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 590 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.8 square miles (93 km2), of which 34.9 square miles (90 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (2.59%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 590 people, 262 households, and 162 families residing in the township. The population density was 16.9 per square mile (6.5/km²). There were 782 housing units at an average density of 22.4 per square mile (8.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 72.71% White, 20.00% African American, 1.86% Native American, 0.34% from other races, and 5.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.22% of the population.

There were 262 households out of which 22.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the township the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 21.0% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $22,917, and the median income for a family was $26,625. Males had a median income of $24,792 versus $18,125 for females. The per capita income for the township was $13,526. About 16.0% of families and 19.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.0% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.