Butler Township, Michigan
|Butler Township, Michigan|
|• Total||35.8 sq mi (92.6 km2)|
|• Land||35.6 sq mi (92.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|Elevation||1,010 ft (308 m)|
|• Density||41/sq mi (15.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1626013|
There are no incorporated municipalities in the primarily agricultural township. The only concentrated settlements are two unincorporated communities:
- Butler is at  .
- South Butler is at  .
- Faxton was a post office in the township from 1893 until 1900.
Butler Township was organized in 1835. It was named after the town of Butler, New York, which was where most of the residents at that point had come from. There was a settlement here called Dayburg formed in 1845.
The township is drained by tributaries of the St. Joseph River: the north and south branches of Hog Creek, Tekonsha Creek, and Soap Creek.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.8 square miles (92.6 km2), of which 35.6 square miles (92.3 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 0.38%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,362 people, 431 households, and 349 families residing in the township. The population density was 38.2 per square mile (14.8/km²). There were 459 housing units at an average density of 12.9 per square mile (5.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.99% White, 0.59% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 1.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.22% of the population.
There were 431 households out of which 42.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.4% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.0% were non-families. 16.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.16 and the average family size was 3.56.
In the township the population was spread out with 34.1% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 105.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $38,631, and the median income for a family was $41,184. Males had a median income of $35,234 versus $24,286 for females. The per capita income for the township was $14,731. About 7.4% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Butler Township, Michigan
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Butler township, Branch County, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Buter, Michigan
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: South Butler, Michigan
- Romig 1986, p. 193.
- Romig 1986, p. 90.
- Romig 1986, p. 148.
- Romig, Walter (October 1, 1986) . 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 081431838X. ISBN 978-0814318386.