Soo Township, Michigan

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Soo Township, Michigan
Civil township
Soo Township is located in Michigan
Soo Township
Soo Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 46°25′11″N 84°18′40″W / 46.41972°N 84.31111°W / 46.41972; -84.31111Coordinates: 46°25′11″N 84°18′40″W / 46.41972°N 84.31111°W / 46.41972; -84.31111
Country United States
State Michigan
County Chippewa
 • Total 67.9 sq mi (175.9 km2)
 • Land 50.1 sq mi (129.8 km2)
 • Water 17.8 sq mi (46.1 km2)
Elevation 581 ft (177 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,141
 • Density 63/sq mi (24.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-74620[1]
GNIS feature ID 1627091[2]

Soo Township is a civil township of Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,141 at the 2010 census.[3]


Soo Township consists of two section in northeastern Chippewa County, connected by a stretch of the St. Marys River. The northwestern section is part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is bordered to the north by the city of Sault Ste. Marie. It extends west into Izaak Walton Bay on the St. Marys River (upstream from Sault Ste. Marie) and east as far as the Little Rapids Channel of the river (downstream from Sault Ste. Marie). The southeastern portion of the township, about 43% of the township's total territory, comprises Neebish Island, 9 miles (14 km) downriver from the rest of the township.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 67.9 square miles (175.9 km2), of which 50.1 square miles (129.8 km2) is land and 17.8 square miles (46.1 km2), or 26.20%, is water.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,652 people, 1,075 households, and 795 families residing in the township. The population density was 52.9 per square mile (20.4/km²). There were 1,297 housing units at an average density of 25.9 per square mile (10.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 83.56% White, 0.11% African American, 11.20% Native American, 0.38% Asian, and 4.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.38% of the population.

There were 1,075 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.8% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the township the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $42,917, and the median income for a family was $49,137. Males had a median income of $38,750 versus $27,196 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,625. About 2.7% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.


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