- Gerrish Township, Michigan
official_name = Gerrish Township, Michigan
settlement_type = Township
pushpin_map_caption =Location within the state of Michigan
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 96.4
area_land_km2 = 71.6
area_water_km2 = 24.9
area_total_sq_mi = 37.2
area_land_sq_mi = 27.6
area_water_sq_mi = 9.6
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 3072
population_density_km2 = 42.9
population_density_sq_mi = 111.2
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 353
elevation_ft = 1158
latd = 44 |latm = 28 |lats = 5 |latNS = N
longd = 84 |longm = 41 |longs = 6 |longEW = W
Gerrish Township is a
civil townshipof Roscommon County in the U.S. stateof Michigan. The population was 3,072 at the 2000 census.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 37.2 square miles (96.4 km²), of which, 27.6 square miles (71.6 km²) of it is land and 9.6 square miles (24.9 km²) of it (25.79%) is water.
The location started as the Gerrish Logging Camp. On
April 5, 1880, at the camp, area residents met and elected officers for their newly formed township. The first Township Supervisor was James Watson. As originally platted, the township included present-day Gerrish, Lyon and Markey townships. In 1920 the boundary line was reestablished to its present lines. The second permanent town hall was built in 1970. The township borders on half of the Higgins Lakeshoreline, Michigan's sixth largest inland lake. It is primarily a resort area. [ [http://www.michmarkers.com/Frameset.htm Michigan Historical markers, Gerrish Township.] ]
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 3,072 people, 1,343 households, and 957 families residing in the township. The population densitywas 111.2 per square mile (42.9/km²). There were 3,366 housing units at an average density of 121.8/sq mi (47.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.24% White, 0.33% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.
There were 1,343 households out of which 22.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.7% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.71.
In the township the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 19.7% from 25 to 44, 31.0% from 45 to 64, and 24.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.4 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $37,147, and the median income for a family was $46,469. Males had a median income of $41,542 versus $23,500 for females. The
per capita incomefor the township was $19,877. About 5.1% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.
*The township's office hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
*Phone Number: (989) 821-9313 Fax Number: (989) 821-8627
*2997 E. Higgins Lake Dr., Roscommon, MI 48653
* [http://www.gerrishtownship.org/ Gerrish Township home page]
* [http://www.hlrcc.com/events.asp Higgins Lake/Roscommon Chamber of Commerce]
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