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Butterfield Township, Michigan
Butterfield Township Hall
Butterfield Township Hall
Location within Missaukee County
Location within Missaukee County
Butterfield Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Butterfield Township, Michigan
Butterfield Township, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Butterfield Township, Michigan is located in the United States
Butterfield Township, Michigan
Butterfield Township, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Missaukee
 • Total 36.02 sq mi (93.3 km2)
 • Land 35.40 sq mi (91.7 km2)
 • Water 0.62 sq mi (1.6 km2)
1,132 ft (345 m)
 • Total 489
 • Density 13.8/sq mi (5.3/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49632 (Falmouth)
49667 (Merritt)
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-12200
GNIS feature ID 1626015

Butterfield Township is a civil township of Missaukee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 489.


  • Butterfield is a small unincorporated community in the southeast portion of the township at 44°16′40″N 84°57′12″W / 44.27778°N 84.95333°W / 44.27778; -84.95333 (Butterfield). It is approximately three and a half miles south of Merritt on County Road 565 and the eastern terminus of County Road 584. A rural post office operated from October 30, 1895 until October 31, 1922. 
  • Merritt is a small unincorporated community in the northern part of the township on County Road 565 just south of M-55 at 44°19′47″N 84°56′41″W / 44.32972°N 84.94472°W / 44.32972; -84.94472 (Merritt). The Merritt post office, with ZIP code 49667, serves most of northern Butterfield Township and nearly all of Enterprise Township to the north as well as small portions of Norwich Township (north of Enterprise) and Aetna Township to the west of Butterfield. The community was founded by Charles Bert Merritt in 1908 and named for him by railroad surveyors. The post office opened on November 22, 1910 with merchant Charles P. Sherman as the first postmaster. Merritt was a childhood hometown of Burt Reynolds.
  • Edson Corners 44°17′30″N 84°53′22″W / 44.29167°N 84.88944°W / 44.29167; -84.88944 was a community and former post office in the township on the Muskegon River. It was named for Edson Witherell. The post office operated from August 21, 1878, until March 15, 1900. 
  • The community of Falmouth is to the southwest, and the Falmouth post office with ZIP code 49632 also serves the southern portion Butterfield Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.0 square miles (93 km2), of which 35.8 square miles (93 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.44%) is water.

In the 1920s, both Butterfield and Merritt were on the route of M-74.


As of the census of 2000, there were 548 people, 211 households, and 155 families residing in the township. The population density was 15.3 per square mile (5.9/km2). There were 388 housing units at an average density of 10.8 per square mile (4.2/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.63% White, 0.18% African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.18% Asian, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.18% of the population.

There were 211 households, out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the township the population was spread out, with 25.2% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $37,188, and the median income for a family was $40,357. Males had a median income of $27,375 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,993. About 7.1% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Municipio de Butterfield (condado de Missaukee, Míchigan) para niños

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