Montrose Township, Michigan
|Charter Township of Montrose|
Location within Genesee County
|o Supervisor||Mark Emmendorfer|
|o Total||34.614 sq mi (89.650 km2)|
|o Land||34.430 sq mi (89.172 km2)|
|o Water||0.184 sq mi (0.478 km2)|
|Elevation||643 ft (196 m)|
|o Density||184.03/sq mi (71.05/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1626763|
The Charter Township of Montrose is a charter township of Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 6,224 at the 2010 census, a slight decrease from 6,336 at the 2000 census. The City of Montrose is surrounded by the township, but is politically and administratively autonomous.
Montrose Charter Township is located in the northwest corner of Genesee County, bisected nearly down the middle by the Flint River. It is a six-mile square Township with the City of Montrose occupying approximately one square mile in the middle of the Township. M-57 (Vienna Rd) splits the Township in half and is a major connector to I-75, which is located 2.5 miles east of the Township limits.
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In 1847, the township was formed from neighboring Vienna Township and was known as Pewonigowink Township. This name was derived from the Pewonigowink Indian Reservation, of the Saginaw Chippewa, that extended into the northwest part of the Township. On January 15, 1848, the name was officially changed to Montrose Township, by an act of the Michigan Legislature.
The Township was originally studded with pine woodlands and during the first years of the white man's occupancy, the inhabitants were chiefly engaged in various occupations related to a lumbering region. Montrose Township was the last settled district in Genesee County. Today, its landscape is mostly agricultural.
The Township incorporated as a Charter Township on March 26, 1985.
The first white settlers in the township were the family members of Seymour Washington Ensign, a miller by trade, from Stafford, Genesee County, New York. Ensign came to Genesee County, Michigan in the spring of 1832, accompanied by his wife Tamma Fanny (Husted) Ensign and two sons, Seymour W. Jr., and George G. The family briefly halted in Grand Blanc, MI, where Ensign assisted local Alden Tupper in brick making. The family moved to Saginaw County in the fall of that same year, where they remained pioneers for a period of 10 years.
In the spring of 1842, Ensign visited what would become known as Montrose Township and purchased the southwest quarter of the southeast quarter of section 22 from Thomas L. L. Brent of nearby Flushing. During that year he and his family resided upon the Brent farm, in Flushing, while erecting a small frame house on their 40-acre purchase. In the spring of 1843 they became the first white residents in the township. Today, the approximate location of the Ensign homestead is the northeast corner of McKinley and Wilson roads.
The Ensign family was followed later that same year by settlers George Wilcox, from Canada and Richard Travis, from Oxford, Oakland County, MI. Both men settled relatively near by, with Mr. Wilcox on the east half of the southwest quarter of section 23 and Mr. Travis on the east half of the southeast quarter of section 23.
The assessment roll of shows that the only tax-paying residents in this township in 1844 were Ensign, Wilcox and Travis.
On Monday November 27, 2017, the northern loop set of municipalities, including Genesee, began receiving water from the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline and treated by Genesee County Drain Commission Water and Waste Division.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.6 square miles (90 km2), of which 34.4 square miles (89 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.52%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,336 people, 2,089 households, and 1,733 families residing in the township. The population density was 184.0 per square mile (71.1/km2). There were 2,199 housing units at an average density of 63.9 per square mile (24.7/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 95.74% White, 1.77% African American, 0.79% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.57% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.69% of the population.
There were 2,089 households, out of which 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.2% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.0% were non-families. 13.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the township the population was spread out, with 29.1% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.3 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $51,502, and the median income for a family was $53,281. Males had a median income of $42,625 versus $30,000 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,725. About 7.6% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.9% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
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