Dorr Township, Michigan

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Dorr Township, Michigan
Dorr Township is located in Michigan
Dorr Township
Dorr Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°44′10″N 85°43′1″W / 42.73611°N 85.71694°W / 42.73611; -85.71694Coordinates: 42°44′10″N 85°43′1″W / 42.73611°N 85.71694°W / 42.73611; -85.71694
Country United States
State Michigan
County Allegan
 • Total 36.2 sq mi (93.7 km2)
 • Land 36.1 sq mi (93.6 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 699 ft (213 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,439
 • Density 206/sq mi (79.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49323
Area code(s) 616,269
FIPS code 26-22680[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626186[2]

Dorr Township is a civil township of Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 7,439 at the 2010 census.[3]


Dorr is an unincorporated community at 42°43′31″N 85°43′21″W / 42.72528°N 85.72250°W / 42.72528; -85.72250, near the center of the township, west of U.S. Highway 131 exit 68.[4] The ZIP code is 49323. The first permanent white settlers in the township arrived in 1845. The first settler in the community of Dorr came in 1856, who had it platted in 1869. It received a post office in 1870. It was first known as Dorr Centre, and it is believed to have been named for Thomas Wilson Dorr, leader of the Dorr Rebellion in Rhode Island.[5] Dorr has many retail businesses, including Subway, B.C. Pizza, Dick's Market, Dorr Dance Academy, and Dorr Veterinary Clinic. Also, The Dairy Ranch has become a hotspot over the years, hosting classic car shows during the summer. Recently Dorr added a new skatepark for the kids. Dorr has recreation programs for sports like football, basketball, baseball, and flag football. Dorr has 2 elementary schools: Sycamore Elementary, which is part of the Hopkins school district, and Dorr Elementary, which is part of Wayland Union Schools.

Moline is an unincorporated community at 42°44′21″N 85°39′50″W / 42.73917°N 85.66389°W / 42.73917; -85.66389 just east of U.S. Highway 131.[6] The ZIP code is 49335. The community lies mostly within Dorr Township but is on the eastern boundary, and some development extends into neighboring Leighton Township. Moline was first settled in 1840 and expanded when the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railway came through in 1870. It was platted in 1872 by Alfred Chapple.[5]

North Dorr is a tiny hamlet at 42°46′06″N 85°45′42″W / 42.76833°N 85.76167°W / 42.76833; -85.76167 straddling the boundary between Dorr Township in Allegan County and Byron Township in Kent County.[7] It began about 1865 and had its own post office from 1874 to 1905.[5]

The city of Wayland is at the southeast corner of the township in Wayland Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.2 square miles (93.7 km2), of which 36.1 square miles (93.6 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.07%, is water.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,579 people, 2,100 households, and 1,768 families residing in the township. The population density was 182.0 per square mile (70.3/km²). There were 2,135 housing units at an average density of 59.1 per square mile (22.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.93% White, 0.52% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.90% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.08% of the population.

There were 2,100 households out of which 47.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.5% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.8% were non-families. 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.13 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the township the population was spread out with 33.7% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 33.9% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 101.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $60,446, and the median income for a family was $62,313. Males had a median income of $43,150 versus $26,510 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,756. About 3.5% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

  • Owen Bieber, former president of the United Auto Workers was born in North Dorr.


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