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Au Train Township, Michigan
Township
Country United States
State Michigan
County Alger
Area
 • Total 158.0 sq mi (409.3 km2)
 • Land 141.3 sq mi (365.9 km2)
 • Water 16.8 sq mi (43.5 km2)
Elevation
974 ft (297 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,138
 • Density 8/sq mi (3.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
49806
Area code(s) 906
FIPS code 26-04460
GNIS feature ID 1625869

Au Train Township is a civil township of Alger County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 1,138.

History

Forest Lake village was founded by the Cleveland Cliffs Company in 1890 and first called "Dixon". At Coalwood, a post office opened in September 21, 1906. On July 15, 1910, the Coalwood Post Office closed. The Dixon post office was established in May 1915 and was renamed to and possibly moved to Forest Lake in November 1921. The Forest Lake Post Office was discontinued in 1984.

Communities

There are no incorporated villages in the township. The city of Munising is adjacent, at the northeast corner. There are some unincorporated communities and historic locales in the township:

Onota Bay Furnace
Onota Bay Furnace

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 158.0 square miles (409.3 km2), of which 141.3 square miles (365.9 km2) is land and 16.8 square miles (43.5 km2), or 10.62%, is water.

Climate

Climate data for Au Train, Michigan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 50
(10)
56
(13.3)
73
(22.8)
89
(31.7)
92
(33.3)
99
(37.2)
101
(38.3)
99
(37.2)
93
(33.9)
87
(30.6)
75
(23.9)
59
(15)
101
(38.3)
Average high °F (°C) 25
(-3.9)
29
(-1.7)
37
(2.8)
50
(10)
64
(17.8)
74
(23.3)
78
(25.6)
76
(24.4)
69
(20.6)
55
(12.8)
41
(5)
29
(-1.7)
52.3
(11.25)
Average low °F (°C) 7
(-13.9)
7
(-13.9)
16
(-8.9)
28
(-2.2)
38
(3.3)
47
(8.3)
53
(11.7)
52
(11.1)
45
(7.2)
35
(1.7)
24
(-4.4)
12
(-11.1)
30.3
(-0.93)
Record low °F (°C) −25
(-31.7)
−30
(-34.4)
−34
(-36.7)
−5
(-20.6)
17
(-8.3)
22
(-5.6)
31
(-0.6)
31
(-0.6)
22
(-5.6)
17
(-8.3)
0
(-17.8)
−21
(-29.4)
−34
(-36.7)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.65
(41.9)
1.48
(37.6)
1.66
(42.2)
2.15
(54.6)
3.05
(77.5)
3.02
(76.7)
3.41
(86.6)
3.17
(80.5)
4.21
(106.9)
4.47
(113.5)
3.00
(76.2)
2.13
(54.1)
30.35
(770.9)
Source: The Weather Channel

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 508
1970 545 7.3%
1980 928 70.3%
1990 1,047 12.8%
2000 1,172 11.9%
2010 1,138 −2.9%
Source: Census Bureau. Census 1960- 2000, 2010.

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,172 people, 494 households, and 348 families residing in the township. The population density was 8.3 per square mile (3.2/km²). There were 991 housing units at an average density of 7.0 per square mile (2.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 92.24% White, 4.69% Native American, 0.17% from other races, and 2.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population. 16.0% were of German, 12.4% French, 10.7% English, 10.2% Finnish, 8.3% United States or American, 7.0% Swedish, 6.0% Polish and 5.1% French Canadian ancestry according to Census 2000.

Christmas, Michigan welcome road sign
Christmas, Michigan welcome road sign. Christmas is a community in Au Train township.

There were 494 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 30.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.4 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $40,331, and the median income for a family was $42,857. Males had a median income of $36,563 versus $24,844 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,751. About 8.1% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

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