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Bridgewater Township
Township
Townhall, Clinton & Braun Rds.
Townhall, Clinton & Braun Rds.
Country United States
State Michigan
County Washtenaw
Area
 • Total 36.6 sq mi (94.7 km2)
 • Land 36.2 sq mi (93.7 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
Elevation 843 ft (257 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,674
 • Density 45.78/sq mi (17.677/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48115
Area code(s) 734
FIPS code 26-10560
GNIS feature ID 1625979

Bridgewater Township is a civil township of Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 1,674.

History

Bridgewater Township was organized in 1833. It was at first named Hixon Township, after Daniel Hixon who had settled here in 1829. It was renamed to its current name by the first supervisor, George A. Howe. Many township settlers had removed from New York, including his mother, thus the reason it is named after the Town of Bridgewater, Oneida County, New York. Another similarity is that each is located in a corner of its respective county. Bridgewater Township's south township line is the border of Lenawee County, and its west township line is the border of Jackson County.

Communities

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.6 square miles (94.7 km2), of which 36.2 square miles (93.7 km2) is land and 0.42 square miles (1.1 km2), or 1.15%, is water.

The River Raisin runs through the western part of the township, while the Saline River has its headwaters in Joslin Lake in the northeast of the township.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,646 people, 598 households, and 477 families residing in the township. The population density was 45.0 per square mile (17.4/km²). There were 615 housing units at an average density of 16.8 per square mile (6.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.15% White, 0.12% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.06% Asian, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.

There were 598 households out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.4% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 14.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the township the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 103.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $68,011, and the median income for a family was $73,375. Males had a median income of $51,360 versus $29,875 for females. The per capita income for the township was $27,120. About 1.9% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.

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