Putnam Township, Michigan

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Putnam Township, Michigan
Township of Putnam
Putnam Township Hall, West M-36
Putnam Township Hall, West M-36
Putnam Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Putnam Township, Michigan
Putnam Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°27′30″N 83°57′34″W / 42.45833°N 83.95944°W / 42.45833; -83.95944Coordinates: 42°27′30″N 83°57′34″W / 42.45833°N 83.95944°W / 42.45833; -83.95944
CountryUnited States
 • Total35.5 sq mi (92.0 km2)
 • Land34.4 sq mi (89.0 km2)
 • Water1.2 sq mi (3.0 km2)
909 ft (277 m)
 • Total7,500
 • Density218.3/sq mi (84.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code26-66540[1]
GNIS feature ID1626946[2]

Putnam Township is a civil township of Livingston County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 7,500 at the 2000 census.


  • Anderson is an unincorporated community that began around a station on the Grand Trunk Railroad in 1881. It had a post office from August 1885 until October 1913.[3]

It is located on M-36 at 42°28′15″N 84°00′22″W / 42.47083°N 84.00611°W / 42.47083; -84.00611.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.5 square miles (92 km2), of which, 34.4 square miles (89 km2) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) of it (3.32%) is water.


The government of Putnam township is a civil township with trustees Richard McCloskey, Tom Chambers, Richard Bennett, Norm Klein, supervisor Dennis Brennan, treasurer Pat Carney, treasurer/deputy Tracy Taylor, clerk Sally D. Guyon, clerk/deputy Carrie Humble, zoning administrator Ken Damrel, assessor Amy Pashby, and fire chief Greg Amburgey.[7]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,500 people, 2,626 households, and 2,087 families residing in the township. The population density was 218.3 per square mile (84.3/km²). There were 2,894 housing units at an average density of 84.2 per square mile (32.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.81% White, 0.17% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.

There were 2,626 households out of which 39.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.1% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 15.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the township the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $61,388, and the median income for a family was $63,704. Males had a median income of $49,211 versus $31,017 for females. The per capita income for the township was $23,974. About 2.8% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 5.1% 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: Putnam Township, Michigan
  3. ^ Romig 1986.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Anderson, Michigan
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Chalkerville, Michigan
  6. ^ Romig 1986, p. 116.
  7. ^ Putnam Township web site Archived 2010-01-08 at the Wayback Machine


  • 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. Great Lakes Books Series (Paperback). Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 978-0-8143-1838-6.

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