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Dorr Township, Michigan
Township
Country United States
State Michigan
County Allegan
Area
 • Total 36.2 sq mi (93.7 km2)
 • Land 36.1 sq mi (93.6 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation
699 ft (213 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 7,439
 • Density 206/sq mi (79.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
49323
Area code(s) 616,269
FIPS code 26-22680
GNIS feature ID 1626186

Dorr Township is a civil township of Allegan County in the southwest of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 7,439 at the 2010 census.

Communities

Dorr is an unincorporated community at 42°43′31″N 85°43′21″W / 42.72528°N 85.72250°W / 42.72528; -85.72250, near the center of the township, west of U.S. Highway 131 exit 68. The ZIP code is 49323.

This area was long the territory of Algonquian-language tribes, specifically the Ojibwe, Ottawa and Pottawatomi. Dorr is the base for the federally recognized Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan, formerly known as the Gun Lake Band of Grand River Ottawa Indians or the Gun Lake Band.

The first permanent European-American settlers in the township arrived in 1845. The first settler in the community of Dorr came in 1856, and arranged for the town to be platted in 1869. It received a United States post office in 1870.

First known as Dorr Centre, the community is believed to have been named for Thomas Wilson Dorr, a state legislator and leader of the Dorr Rebellion in Rhode Island that sought a broader franchise of universal male suffrage in the 1840s.

In the 21st century, Dorr has many retail businesses, including Subway, B.C. Pizza, Dick's Market, Dorr Dance Academy, and Dorr Veterinary Clinic. Also, The Dairy Ranch has become a hotspot over the years, hosting classic car shows during the summer. Recently Dorr added a new skatepark for the kids. Dorr also has recreation programs for sports like football, basketball, baseball, and flag football.

It has two elementary schools: Sycamore Elementary, which is part of the Hopkins school district, and Dorr Elementary, which is part of Wayland Union Schools.

Moline is an unincorporated community at 42°44′21″N 85°39′50″W / 42.73917°N 85.66389°W / 42.73917; -85.66389 just east of U.S. Highway 131. The ZIP code is 49335. The community lies mostly within Dorr Township but is on the eastern boundary. Some development extends into neighboring Leighton Township. Moline was first settled by European Americans in 1840. Development was stimulated when the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railway came through in 1870 and established a station here. It was platted in 1872 by Alfred Chapple.

North Dorr is a tiny hamlet at 42°46′06″N 85°45′42″W / 42.76833°N 85.76167°W / 42.76833; -85.76167 straddling the boundary between Dorr Township in Allegan County and Byron Township in Kent County. It began about 1865 and had its own post office from 1874 to 1905.

The city of Wayland is at the southeast corner of the township in Wayland Township.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.2 square miles (93.7 km2), of which 36.1 square miles (93.6 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.07%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 2,313
1970 3,055 32.1%
1980 5,014 64.1%
1990 5,453 8.8%
2000 6,579 20.6%
2010 7,439 13.1%
Source: Census Bureau. Census 1960- 2000, 2010.

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,579 people, 2,100 households, and 1,768 families residing in the township. The population density was 182.0 per square mile (70.3/km²). There were 2,135 housing units at an average density of 59.1 per square mile (22.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.93% White, 0.52% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.90% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.08% of the population.

There were 2,100 households out of which 47.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.5% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.8% were non-families. 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.13 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the township the population was spread out with 33.7% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 33.9% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 101.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $60,446, and the median income for a family was $62,313. Males had a median income of $43,150 versus $26,510 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,756. About 3.5% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.

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