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Ash Township, Michigan
Ash Township Hall and Fire Department
Ash Township Hall and Fire Department
Location within Monroe County (red) and the administered village of Carleton (pink)
Location within Monroe County (red) and the administered village of Carleton (pink)
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Country United States
State Michigan
County Monroe
Organized 1837
 • Total 34.84 sq mi (90.24 km2)
 • Land 34.60 sq mi (89.61 km2)
 • Water 0.24 sq mi (0.62 km2)
604 ft (184 m)
 • Total 7,783
 • Density 224.9/sq mi (86.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48117 (Carleton)
48134 (Flat Rock)
48166 (Newport)
48179 (South Rockwood)
Area code(s) 734
FIPS code 26-03680
GNIS feature ID 1625853
Carleton, MI Post Office
U.S. Post Office in Ash Township (Carleton 48117 ZIP Code)

Ash Township is a civil township of Monroe County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 7,610.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.8 square miles (90 km2), of which 34.6 square miles (90 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.57%) is water.


  • Clark City was built around a stave mill along Swan Creek. It had a post office from 1855 until 1866.


As of the census of 2000, there were 7,610 people, 2,801 households, and 2,125 families residing in the township. The population density was 220.0 per square mile (84.9/km2). There were 2,942 housing units at an average density of 85.0 per square mile (32.8/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.08% White, 0.32% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.75% of the population.

There were 2,801 households, out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.13. In the township the population was spread out, with 27.5% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $54,439, and the median income for a family was $61,020. Males had a median income of $47,892 versus $25,699 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,271. About 4.6% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.0% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.


The township was named in honor of Arba Ash, a resident of Wayne County who had an appointment from the governor to establish towns and counties.


Ash Township is served by three separate school districts. The vast majority of the township is served by Airport Community Schools. A few very small northern portions of the township along Will Carleton Road are served by Huron School District in Huron Township in Wayne County. Another very small northeastern portion of the township along Telegraph Road is served by Flat Rock Community Schools in Flat Rock in Wayne County.



  • Buzzwick Airport is a public-use airport located within the township.

Major highways

  • I-275 runs south–north through the center of the township and has three access points: exit 2 (Telegraph Road), exit 5 (Carleton Rockwood Road), and exit 8 (Will Carleton Road) at the county line.
  • US 24 (Telegraph Road) runs diagonally north through the southeastern portion of the township.
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