West Branch Township, Missaukee County, Michigan

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West Branch Township, Michigan
West Branch Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
West Branch Township, Michigan
West Branch Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 44°22′46″N 85°2′4″W / 44.37944°N 85.03444°W / 44.37944; -85.03444Coordinates: 44°22′46″N 85°2′4″W / 44.37944°N 85.03444°W / 44.37944; -85.03444
Country United States
State Michigan
County Missaukee
 • Total 35.7 sq mi (92.5 km2)
 • Land 35.7 sq mi (92.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 1,188 ft (362 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 532
 • Density 14.9/sq mi (5.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49651 (Lake City)
FIPS code 26-85560[1]
GNIS feature ID 1627247[2]

West Branch Township is a civil township of Missaukee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 532 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.7 square miles (92.5 km²), of which 35.7 square miles (92.4 km²) is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1 km²) (0.08%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 532 people, 182 households, and 137 families residing in the township. The population density was 14.9 per square mile (5.8/km²). There were 316 housing units at an average density of 8.9 per square mile (3.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.86% White, 0.19% African American, 1.13% Native American, 0.56% from other races, and 2.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.

There were 182 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the township the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $36,161, and the median income for a family was $41,042. Males had a median income of $31,667 versus $21,667 for females. The per capita income for the township was $14,057. About 4.5% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.