Spencer Township, Michigan

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Spencer Township, Michigan
Spencer Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Spencer Township, Michigan
Spencer Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 43°15′9″N 85°21′30″W / 43.25250°N 85.35833°W / 43.25250; -85.35833Coordinates: 43°15′9″N 85°21′30″W / 43.25250°N 85.35833°W / 43.25250; -85.35833
CountryUnited States
 • Total36.7 sq mi (94.9 km2)
 • Land35.1 sq mi (90.9 km2)
 • Water1.6 sq mi (4.0 km2)
866 ft (264 m)
 • Total3,960
 • Density107.9/sq mi (41.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code26-75560[1]
GNIS feature ID1627105[2]

Spencer Township is a civil township of Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,681 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.7 square miles (95 km2), with 35.1 square miles (91 km2) of land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (4.26%) of water.


  • Griswold began before 1877 around a lumber mill and a shingle mill on the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,681 people, 1,357 households, and 1,028 families residing in the township. The population density was 104.9 per square mile (40.5/km²). There were 1,641 housing units at an average density of 46.8 per square mile (18.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.82% White, 0.76% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 1.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.28% of the population.

There were 1,357 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.2% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the township the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $51,765, and the median income for a family was $55,475. Males had a median income of $38,021 versus $27,733 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,692. About 4.9% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.


The History of Gowen, Spencer Township and Lincoln Lake goes back centuries. The township name goes back to 1861.[4]



  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Spencer Township, Michigan
  3. ^ Romig 1986, p. 241.
  4. ^ Rootweb on Spencer


  • 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 978-0814318386.

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