- Iron River Township, Michigan
official_name = Iron River Township, Michigan
settlement_type = Township
pushpin_map_caption =Location within the state of Michigan
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 631.8
area_land_km2 = 620.4
area_water_km2 = 11.3
area_total_sq_mi = 243.9
area_land_sq_mi = 239.6
area_water_sq_mi = 4.4
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 1585
population_density_km2 = 2.6
population_density_sq_mi = 6.6
timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 478
elevation_ft = 1568
latd = 46 |latm = 15 |lats = 55 |latNS = N
longd = 88 |longm = 47 |longs = 25 |longEW = W
Iron River Township is a
civil townshipof Iron County in the U.S. stateof Michigan. The population was 1,585 at the 2000 census.
* The City of Iron River is situated at the southeast corner of the township, but is administratively autonomous.
* Beechwood is an
unincorporated communityin the township northwest of Iron River on US 2 at coord|46|09|35|N|88|46|24|W|region:US-MI_type:city_scale:30000_source:GNIS|name=Beechwood, Michigan| [gnis|1619153|Beechwood, Michigan] In 1888, Beechwood was made a stop on the Chicago and Northwestern Railway. In November 1889, a post office was established with Richard M. Dwyer as the first postmaster.cite book | last = Romig | first = Walter | authorlink=Walter Romig | year = 1986 | title = Michigan Place Names | origyear= 1973 | publisher = Wayne State University Press | location = Detroit, Michigan | id = ISBN 0-8143-1838-X] The post office was closed in January 1976. [gnis|2129459|Beechwood Post Office (historical)]
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 243.9 square miles (631.8 km²), of which, 239.6 square miles (620.4 km²) of it is land and 4.4 square miles (11.3 km²) of it (1.80%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,585 people, 596 households, and 401 families residing in the township. The population densitywas 6.6 per square mile (2.6/km²). There were 933 housing units at an average density of 3.9/sq mi (1.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 90.85% White, 7.63% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.57% of the population. 16.1% were of German, 11.6% Italian, 10.3% Finnish, 9.9% Polish, 9.8% Swedish, 6.5% English and 6.3% French ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 596 households out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.78.
In the township the population was spread out with 16.9% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 131.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 145.3 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $32,024, and the median income for a family was $39,643. Males had a median income of $29,803 versus $21,875 for females. The
per capita incomefor the township was $14,679. About 9.1% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.
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