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Bedford Township, Michigan
Bedford Township Government Center
Bedford Township Government Center
Location within Monroe County (red) and the administered communities of Lambertville and Temperance (pink)
Location within Monroe County (red) and the administered communities of Lambertville and Temperance (pink)
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Country United States
State Michigan
County Monroe
Organized 1836
 • Total 39.36 sq mi (101.9 km2)
 • Land 39.19 sq mi (101.5 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.4 km2)
650 ft (198 m)
 • Total 31,085
 • Density 733.1/sq mi (283.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48144 (Lambertville)
48177 (Samaria)
48182 (Temperance)
49267 (Ottawa Lake)
Area code(s) 734
FIPS code 26-06740
GNIS feature ID 1625906

Bedford Township is a civil township of Monroe County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 31,085.

Bedford Township was organized in 1836. Sharing a southern border with the city of Toledo about 45 miles (72.4 km) south of the city of Detroit, the township is one of the southernmost areas included in the Detroit–Warren–Ann Arbor Combined Statistical Area (Metro Detroit). Bedford Township is the most-populated municipality in Monroe County and the second most-populated civil township in the state of Michigan after Macomb Township.


  • Lambertville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the southwest part of the township. The Lambertville ZIP code, 48144, serves the southwest part of Bedford Township.
  • Samaria is an unincorporated community in the northern part of the township at 41°48′29″N 83°34′42″W / 41.80806°N 83.57833°W / 41.80806; -83.57833. The Ann Arbor Railroad was extended to Samaria circa 1872. Samaria was platted in 1884, and named for Sam and Mary Weeks, early settlers. A post office was established in January 1879. The Samaria ZIP code, 48177, provides P.O. Box service for the area.
  • Temperance is an unincorporated community and census-designated place near the center of the township. The Temperance ZIP code, 48182, serves most of Bedford Township outside of the Lambertville area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 39.3 square miles (102 km2), of which 39.1 square miles (101 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.41%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 28,606 people, 10,327 households, and 8,086 families residing in the township. The population density was 731.5 per square mile (282.4/km2). There were 10,659 housing units at an average density of 272.6 per square mile (105.2/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.56% White, 0.40% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.93% of the population.

There were 10,327 households, out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.5% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. 18.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the township the population was spread out, with 28.1% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $59,835, and the median income for a family was $67,239. Males had a median income of $50,754 versus $31,165 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,131. About 2.7% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.


Bedford Township and a few surrounding areas are serviced by Bedford Public Schools, which includes Douglas Road, Jackman Road, and Monroe Road Elementary Schools, Bedford Junior High School, and Bedford Senior High School. Between 2010 and 2012, facing budget constraints and a declining enrollment, the school board decided to close Smith Road Elementary and Temperance Road Elementary. Students from both schools were absorbed into the remaining elementary schools. New Bedford Academy is a charter school serving students K-8. It is chartered by Ferris State University.

Also, Spring Arbor University operates a location geared for adults in Lambertville, and Monroe County Community College operates a branch of its college in Bedford Township named the Whitman Center.

Previously St. Anthony School of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit was in Temperance. Its service area included Bedford Township.

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