Washington Township, Macomb County, Michigan

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Charter Township of Washington
Charter township
Charter Township of Washington is located in Michigan
Charter Township of Washington
Charter Township of Washington
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°45′9″N 83°1′56″W / 42.75250°N 83.03222°W / 42.75250; -83.03222Coordinates: 42°45′9″N 83°1′56″W / 42.75250°N 83.03222°W / 42.75250; -83.03222
CountryUnited States
 • TypeSupervisor-Council
 • SupervisorDan O'Leary
 • Total36.8 sq mi (95.3 km2)
 • Land35.9 sq mi (93.1 km2)
 • Water0.9 sq mi (2.2 km2)
Elevation781 ft (238 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total25,139
 • Density530.7/sq mi (204.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes48094-48095
Area code(s)248, 586
FIPS code26-84120[1]
GNIS feature ID1627216[2]

Washington Charter Township, located in the outskirts of metro Detroit, is a charter township of Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 25,139 at the 2010 census. The suburb of Washington Township is bordered by the village of Romeo as well as Ray Township, Shelby Township, and Oakland Township and is 18 miles north of Detroit. The historic Octagon House and Stony Creek Metro Park are popular destinations for visitors.



Westview Orchards was founded in what is now Washington Township in 1813.[6]

Washington Township was organized in 1827.[7] It is home to the historic Octagon House, built by Loren Andrus from 1858-1860.[8]


The Township has a Supervisor-Board style township government with elected supervisor, clerk, treasurer and four trustees. School district serving the Township residents are Romeo Community Schools and Utica Community Schools and Rochester Schools from Oakland County.[9]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.8 square miles (95.3 km²), of which 36.0 square miles (93.1 km²) is land and 0.9 square mile (2.2 km²) (2.34%) is water.


Weather in Washington Township (an outer suburb of Detroit) is similar to Detroit, generally being only a few degrees cooler allowing for more snow in the winter.

A notable weather event occurred on July 2, 1997 when, during the Michigan Tornado Outbreak, a EF0 tornado touched down at 26 mile Road and destroyed parts of the Rudgate trailer park community. Six people were injured during the events.[10]


As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 25,139 people (up from 19,080 in 2000), 9,258 households, and 7,160 families residing in the township. The population density was 699.2 per square mile (270.0/km²). There were 9,258 occupied housing units and 612 vacant units. The racial makeup of the township was 94.8% White, 1.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.9% of the population.

There were 9,258 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.9% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the township the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 30.3% 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 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township in was $68,841 in 2000 and $83,348 in 2016; the median income for a family was $78,988 in 2000 and $94,057 in 2016. In 2000, males had a median income of $60,721 versus $31,213 for females. The per capita income for the township was $38,657. About 5.7% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line (up from 2.8% of families and 3.7% of all individuals in 2000), including 9.6% of those under age 18 (up from 5.0% in 2000) and 5.9% of those age 65 or over (up from 2.7% in 2000).


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Washington Township, Macomb County, Michigan
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Clifton Mills, Michigan & GNIS in Google Map
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mount Vernon, Michigan & GNIS in Google Map
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Washington
  6. ^ Michigan Centennial Farm Association page on Westview Orchards
  7. ^ History of Washington Township
  8. ^ Loren Andrus Octagon House - House History
  9. ^ "Macomb County School District Map" (PDF). Michigan School District/County Series. Michigan Department of Information Technology. March 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  10. ^ [ Tornado History Project, T | date=May 2014] "Tornado History Project: Tornado 19970702.26.16". Retrieved 2014-05-10.

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