Superior Charter Township, Michigan
|Charter Township of Superior|
Township Hall along N. Prospect Road
Location within Washtenaw County
|o Supervisor||Kenneth Schwartz|
|o Clerk||Lynette Findley|
|o Total||35.6 sq mi (92.1 km2)|
|o Land||35.2 sq mi (91.2 km2)|
|o Water||0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)|
|Elevation||820 ft (250 m)|
|o Density||370/sq mi (140/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1627141|
The unincorporated community of Dixboro is within the township, near its western edge. The township is surrounded by the nearby, larger communities of Canton Township, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor. The township is largely rural north of Geddes Road, which has been designated by the township government as the northern limit of high density development. The Hyundai America Technical Center is located in the township.
There are two unincorporated communities in the township.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.6 square miles (92.1 km2), of which 35.2 square miles (91.2 km2) is land, and 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), or 0.98%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,740 people, 3,961 households, and 2,911 families residing in the township. The population density was 303.7 per square mile (117.3/km2). There were 4,097 housing units at an average density of 115.9 per square mile (44.7/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 63.01% White, 30.81% African American, 2.30% Asian, 1.83% Hispanics or Latinos, 0.47% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.71% from other races, and 2.67% from two or more races.
There were 3,961 households, out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 16.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67, and the average family size was 3.10.
In the township the population was spread out, with 28.9% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $56,622, and the median income for a family was $64,916. Males had a median income of $50,351 versus $35,417 for females. The per capita income for the township was $31,093. About 8.4% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.
Superior Township is served by three public school districts: Ypsilanti Community Schools (YCS), Ann Arbor Public Schools, and Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. Formerly Ypsilanti Public Schools and Willow Run Community Schools served portions of the township, prior to their 2013 merger into YCS.
In 1846, Isaac Van Woert swore in an affidavit to a justice of the peace in Ann Arbor that he had been visited by the ghost of Martha Mullholland, who told him she had been murdered by a doctor at the behest of her brother-in-law, James Mullholland, to keep her from returning to Canada, and who had committed another murder and dumped the body in Frains Lake. His claims were investigated but were not substantiated. This spectral visitation would later become known as the "Dixboro Ghost.
There are four school districts in the Township: Willow Run, Ann Arbor, Plymouth-Canton and Ypsilanti.