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Peaine Township, Michigan

Coordinates: 45°40′17″N 85°33′49″W / 45.67139°N 85.56361°W / 45.67139; -85.56361
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Peaine Township, Michigan
The deactivated Beaver Island Head Light
The deactivated Beaver Island Head Light
Location within Charlevoix County
Location within Charlevoix County
Peaine Township is located in Michigan
Peaine Township
Peaine Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Peaine Township is located in the United States
Peaine Township
Peaine Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 45°40′17″N 85°33′49″W / 45.67139°N 85.56361°W / 45.67139; -85.56361
CountryUnited States
 • SupervisorDoug Tilly
 • ClerkCarla Martin
 • Total73.03 sq mi (189.15 km2)
 • Land52.25 sq mi (135.59 km2)
 • Water20.78 sq mi (53.56 km2)
673 ft (205 m)
 • Total266
 • Density3.6/sq mi (1.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code231
FIPS code26-63140[3]
GNIS feature ID1626888[4]
WebsiteOfficial website

Peaine Township is a civil township of Charlevoix County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 266 at the 2020 census.[5]

The township occupies the southern portion of Beaver Island in Lake Michigan.



The Ottawa and the Ojibwe people originally lived in the area. James Strang and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite) lived on the island in the 1850s.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 73.03 square miles (189.15 km2), of which 52.35 square miles (135.59 km2) is land and 20.68 square miles (53.56 km2) (28.32%) is water.[10]

The township occupies all but the northern tip of Beaver Island, with St. James Township bordering Peaine Township to the north. Peaine Township is one of only seven municipalities in the state of Michigan to consist entirely of islands, including Grosse Ile Township, Drummond Township, Bois Blanc Township, Mackinac Island, St. James Township, and Sugar Island Township.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 244 people, 120 households, and 72 families residing in the township. The population density was 4.7 per square mile (1.8/km2). There were 410 housing units at an average density of 7.8 per square mile (3.0/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.95% White, 0.82% Native American, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.41% of the population.

There were 120 households, out of which 13.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.58.

In the township the population was spread out, with 16.0% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 19.3% from 25 to 44, 38.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $29,167, and the median income for a family was $31,250. Males had a median income of $37,083 versus $19,000 for females. The per capita income for the township was $33,091. About 4.5% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 5.9% of those 65 or over.

As of the 2020 Michigan Township Census, the township had a population of 266.[2] In 2021, the population rose to 284.[11]

The median age, as of 2021, is 67.6 years. There are around 153 households, and the median household income is $61,875. The income per capita is $46,788, and about 8.8% of people were below the poverty line.[11]


Peaine Township is served entirely by Beaver Island Community School.[12] It is one of only four insular school districts in the state, along with Bois Blanc Pines School District, Grosse Ile Township Schools, and Mackinac Island School District.

As of 2021, about 98.8% of residents hold at least a high school diploma. 49.8% have a bachelor's degree or higher.[11]


  1. ^ Michigan Townships Association (2022). "Peaine Twp., Charlevoix Co". Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "2020 Township Census" (PDF). michigan.gov. State of Michigan. 2020. Retrieved October 31, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Peaine Township, Michigan
  5. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved April 29, 2024.
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bonner Landing, Michigan
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Martins Bluff, Michigan
  8. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Nomad, Michigan
  9. ^ Romig, Walter (October 1, 1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities (Paperback). Great Lakes Books Series. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. p. 400. ISBN 978-0-8143-1838-6.
  10. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Peaine township, Charlevoix County, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  11. ^ a b c "Peaine township, Charlevoix County, MI". censusreporter.org. Census Reporter.
  12. ^ Michigan Geographic Framework (November 15, 2013). "Charlevoix County School Districts" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on August 20, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2022.

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