Sumpter Township, Michigan

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Sumpter Township, Michigan
Township Municipal Building on Sumpter Road
Township Municipal Building on Sumpter Road
Location within Wayne County
Location within Wayne County
Sumpter Township is located in Michigan
Sumpter Township
Sumpter Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°08′19″N 83°29′42″W / 42.13861°N 83.49500°W / 42.13861; -83.49500Coordinates: 42°08′19″N 83°29′42″W / 42.13861°N 83.49500°W / 42.13861; -83.49500
Country United States
State Michigan
County Wayne
 • SupervisorJohn Morgan
 • Civil township97.4 km2 (37.6 sq mi)
 • Land97.3 km2 (37.6 sq mi)
 • Water0.0 km2 (0.0 sq mi)
202 m (663 ft)
 • Civil township9,549
 • Density98/km2 (250/sq mi)
 • Metro
4,285,832 (Metro Detroit)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)734
FIPS code26-77360[1]
GNIS feature ID1627138[2]
WebsiteOfficial website
Sumpter Police Department

Sumpter Township is a civil township of Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 9,549.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 37.6 square miles (97 km2), of which 0.03% is water.

Situated in the southwest corner of the county, Sumpter township is bounded on the north by Van Buren township, on the east by Huron township, on the south by Monroe county, and on the west by Washtenaw county.


Sumpter Township was designated township 4 S in range 8 E of Wayne County. The original survey was approved on November 5, 1819. Federal land in Sumpter Township began to be sold to individuals by the 1830s, with one land patent to Arthur Fuller on April 4, 1833.[4] The Sumpter Township has a brief history on their web page.[5]

Sumpter Township, including Township 4 south, of Range 8 east, was taken from Huron township and erected into a separate township on April 6, 1840, under the name of West Huron. Subsequently the name was changed to that of Sumter in honor of General Thomas Sumter, Revolutionary war hero, but the engrossing clerk inserted a "p" in the name, which has since remained Sumpter.

The township received its first settlers before it was set off from Huron township. George Jewett, one of the first assessors of Huron township lived in what is now Sumpter, and Ira P. Beach was elected the first supervisor when Sumpter township was erected.[6]


There were two villages in Sumpter Township in the 19th century:

  • West Sumpter—The main business district was at the intersection of Karr Road and Wear Road.
  • Martinsville—Martinsville had a Wesleyan Methodist Church, a post office, a cider mill and in the late 19th century a carriage factory.

There was also a hamlet named Ellisville in the 1870s.[7]


As of the 2010 census Sumpter Township had a population of 9,549. The ethnic and racial makeup of the population was 82.1% non-Hispanic white, 12.0% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from some other race, 2.9% reporting two or more races and 2.6% Hispanic or Latino.[8]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 11,856 people, 4,110 households, and 3,164 families residing in the township. The population density was 315.6 per square mile (121.8/km²). There were 4,563 housing units at an average density of 121.5 per square mile (46.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 84.68% White, 12.33% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population.

There were 4,110 households out of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families. 17.6% 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 2.88 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the township the population was spread out with 29.8% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $48,680, and the median income for a family was $51,731. Males had a median income of $41,123 versus $27,397 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,323. About 8.0% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 12.4% 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: Sumpter Township, Michigan
  3. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Sumpter township, Wayne County, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  4. ^ "IIS7". Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  5. ^ "Sumpter Township History". Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  6. ^ Wood, William; Gabriel, Ralph H. (June 1928). "The Pageant of America, A Pictorial History of the United States. Vol. VI, The Winning of Freedom". The Mississippi Valley Historical Review. 15 (1): 118. doi:10.2307/1891682. ISSN 0161-391X.
  7. ^ Romig 1986, p. 180.
  8. ^ 2010 census report for Sumpter Township, Michigan


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