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Clay Township, Michigan
Location within St. Clair County (red) and the administered community of Pearl Beach (pink)
Location within St. Clair County (red) and the administered community of Pearl Beach (pink)
Clay Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Clay Township, Michigan
Clay Township, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County St. Clair
 • Total 82.5 sq mi (213.7 km2)
 • Land 35.5 sq mi (91.8 km2)
 • Water 47.1 sq mi (121.9 km2)
577 ft (176 m)
 • Total 9,066
 • Density 255.4/sq mi (98.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48001, 48028
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-16180
GNIS feature ID 1626090

Clay Township is a civil township of St. Clair County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 Census, the township population was 9,066. The township includes Harsens Island, which is inhabited.


A number of an unincorporated communities are located on Harsens Island:

  • Bedore is south along Bates Highway/S. Channel Drive (42°33′28″N 82°36′47″W / 42.55778°N 82.61306°W / 42.55778; -82.61306) between Forster and Clays Landing. (Elevation: 571 ft./174 m.)
  • Clays Landing is where M-154 turns in to S. Channel Drive (42°33′06″N 82°36′16″W / 42.55167°N 82.60444°W / 42.55167; -82.60444). (Elevation: 574 ft./175 m.)
  • Forster is south along Bates Highway/S. Channel Drive (42°33′40″N 82°37′06″W / 42.56111°N 82.61833°W / 42.56111; -82.61833). (Elevation: 577 ft./176 m.)
  • Grande Pointe is on the northeast end of the Island between N. Channel Drive and S. Channel Drive (42°35′58″N 82°32′43″W / 42.59944°N 82.54528°W / 42.59944; -82.54528). (Elevation: 577 ft. /176 m.)
  • Maple Leaf is on St. Clair River (east) shore between Volkes Road and Bar Harbor (42°35′58″N 82°32′43″W / 42.59944°N 82.54528°W / 42.59944; -82.54528) just south of Sans Souci. (Elevation: 577 ft. /176 m.)
  • Miller is at the end of Bates Highway where it becomes only S. Channel Drive (42°32′57″N 82°39′32″W / 42.54917°N 82.65889°W / 42.54917; -82.65889). (Elevation: 577 ft./176 m.)
  • Muirs is on M-154 south of Maple Leaf.
  • Sans Souci, is the town on Harsens Island, which is on the St. Clair River or South Channel (east) side of the Island (42°34′45″N 82°33′51″W / 42.57917°N 82.56417°W / 42.57917; -82.56417).


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 82.5 square miles (214 km2), of which 35.5 square miles (92 km2) is land and 47.1 square miles (122 km2) (57.03%) is water. The 37-square-mile (96 km2) township includes Harsens Island, Russell Island, Dickinson Island and St. Johns Marsh.


As of the census of 2000, there were 9,822 people, 3,934 households, and 2,844 families residing in the township. The population density was 277.0 per square mile (106.9/km2). There were 5,325 housing units at an average density of 150.2 per square mile (58.0/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.92% White, 0.20% African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.

There were 3,934 households, out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the township the population was spread out, with 22.6% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $55,059, and the median income for a family was $63,182. Males had a median income of $48,053 versus $31,923 for females. The per capita income for the township was $27,169. About 2.3% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Municipio de Clay (condado de St. Clair, Míchigan) para niños

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