Wells Township, Delta County, Michigan

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Wells Township, Michigan
Location within Delta County
Location within Delta County
Wells Township is located in Michigan
Wells Township
Wells Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 45°46′41″N 87°7′2″W / 45.77806°N 87.11722°W / 45.77806; -87.11722Coordinates: 45°46′41″N 87°7′2″W / 45.77806°N 87.11722°W / 45.77806; -87.11722
CountryUnited States
 • Total39.8 sq mi (103.2 km2)
 • Land39.5 sq mi (102.3 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
699 ft (213 m)
 • Total4,885
 • Density123.7/sq mi (47.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)906
FIPS code26-85240[1]
GNIS feature ID1627241[2]

Wells Township is a civil township of Delta County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,885 at the 2010 census, down from 5,044 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 39.8 square miles (103.2 km²), of which 39.5 square miles (102.3 km²) is land and 0.3 square mile (0.9 km²) (0.88%) is water.


  • Groos is an unincorporated community in the township.[3] It had a post office from 1900 to 1913.[4]
  • North Escanaba is an unincorporated community in the township.[3]
  • Pine Ridge is an unincorporated community in the township.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,044 people, 1,847 households, and 1,466 families residing in the township. The population density was 127.7 per square mile (49.3/km²). There were 1,922 housing units at an average density of 48.7 per square mile (18.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.47% White, 0.06% African American, 1.55% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.44% of the population.

There were 1,847 households out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.9% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the township the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $48,065, and the median income for a family was $52,278. Males had a median income of $40,711 versus $22,337 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,012. About 4.9% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 9.5% 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: Wells Township, Delta County, Michigan
  3. ^ a b c Land Atlas and Plat Book, Delta County, Michigan 2004-2005. Rockford, Illinois: Rockford Map Publishers, Inc. 2004–2005. p. 13.
  4. ^ Romig 1986, p. 241.


  • 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.