- Glen Arbor Township, Michigan
official_name = Glen Arbor Township, Michigan
settlement_type = Township
pushpin_map_caption =Location within the state of Michigan
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 226.8
area_land_km2 = 74.0
area_water_km2 = 152.8
area_total_sq_mi = 87.6
area_land_sq_mi = 28.6
area_water_sq_mi = 59.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 788
population_density_km2 = 10.6
population_density_sq_mi = 27.6
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 177
elevation_ft = 581
latd = 44 |latm = 53 |lats = 46 |latNS = N
longd = 85 |longm = 59 |longs = 54 |longEW = W
Glen Arbor Township is a
civil townshipof Leelanau County in the U.S. stateof Michigan. The population was 788 at the 2000 census.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 87.6 square miles (226.8 km²), of which, 28.6 square miles (74.0 km²) of it is land and 59.0 square miles (152.8 km²) of it (67.34%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 788 people, 377 households, and 257 families residing in the township. The population densitywas 27.6 per square mile (10.6/km²). There were 1,617 housing units at an average density of 56.6/sq mi (21.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.24% White, 0.13% African American, 0.25% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.
There were 377 households out of which 17.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 4.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.56.
In the township the population was spread out with 16.8% under the age of 18, 3.6% from 18 to 24, 14.7% from 25 to 44, 35.7% from 45 to 64, and 29.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $46,719, and the median income for a family was $58,571. Males had a median income of $35,114 versus $30,179 for females. The
per capita incomefor the township was $29,070. About 1.5% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over.
Glen Arbor is a popular tourist area for a few months during the summer when the local merchants and year-round inhabitants watch the population nearly triple. Residents of
Detroit, Chicago, and many other parts of the Midwesttravel to Northern Michiganto enjoy the warm weather and scenic beaches. Glen Arbor is situated on a small strip of land directly between Glen Lakeand Lake Michiganwhich allows visitors to choose from two different bodies of water from which to waterski, fish, or sunbathe. The community sits in the middle of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a federally protected park.
During the winter months only year-round inhabitants remain in the area to take advantage of outdoor winter sports. Both
downhill skiingand cross-country skiingare popular pastimes along with hikingand hunting. Locals typically enjoy the cold and quiet of the winter over the crowds and noise from the tourists, locally referred to as "Fudgies" from the popularity of locally-made fudgewith tourists. (See Mackinac Islandfor more on this term.)
Glen Arbor is home to many other small businesses that thrive off of the tourist economy.
* [http://www.leelanauchamber.com/glen-arbor.shtml Leelanau County Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.leelanau.com/glenlake/ Glen Arbor directory]
* [http://www.glenarbortownship.com/ Glen Arbor Township Website]
* [http://www.Leelanau.org/ The Leelanau School Website]
* [http://leelanau.cc/glenarbortwp.asp 2nd Glen Arbor Township Website]
* [http://www.visitglenarbor.com Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.glenarborfire.com Glen Arbor Fire Department]
* [http://www.glenarborart.org/ Glen Arbor Art Association]
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