Sylvan Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan

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Sylvan Township, Michigan
Township Hall & Michigan State Police post
Sylvan Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Sylvan Township, Michigan
Sylvan Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°18′10″N 84°3′29″W / 42.30278°N 84.05806°W / 42.30278; -84.05806Coordinates: 42°18′10″N 84°3′29″W / 42.30278°N 84.05806°W / 42.30278; -84.05806
Country United States
State Michigan
County Washtenaw
 • Total 34.0 sq mi (88.0 km2)
 • Land 32.6 sq mi (84.4 km2)
 • Water 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
Elevation 935 ft (285 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,833
 • Density 83/sq mi (32/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-77800[1]
GNIS feature ID 1627148[2]

Sylvan Township is a civil township of Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,833 at the 2010 census,[3] down from 6,425 in 2000. The large drop is due to Chelsea incorporating into a city.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.0 square miles (88.0 km2), of which 32.6 square miles (84.4 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), or 4.04%, is water.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,425 people, 2,500 households, and 1,700 families residing in the township. The population density was 182.7 per square mile (70.6/km²). There were 2,651 housing units at an average density of 75.4 per square mile (29.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.17% White, 0.67% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.28% of the population.

There were 2,500 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $56,519, and the median income for a family was $73,450. Males had a median income of $51,424 versus $35,409 for females. The per capita income for the township was $28,781. About 2.1% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.