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Ely Township, Michigan
Location within Marquette County
Location within Marquette County
Ely Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Ely Township, Michigan
Ely Township, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Ely Township, Michigan is located in the United States
Ely Township, Michigan
Ely Township, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Marquette
 • Total 140.53 sq mi (364.0 km2)
 • Land 137.27 sq mi (355.5 km2)
 • Water 3.26 sq mi (8.4 km2)
1,411 ft (430 m)
 • Total 1,952
 • Density 14.2/sq mi (5.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49808 (Big Bay)
49814 (Champion)
49849 (Ishpeming)
FIPS code 26-25820
GNIS feature ID 1626237

Ely Township is a civil township of Marquette County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,952 at the 2010 census.


  • Clarksburg was settled in 1862 along the Escanaba River. The Michigan Iron Company had a blast furnace here. It was platted in 1881. The post office closed in 1894.
  • Greenwood is an unincorporated community on US 41/M-28 approximately three miles west of Ishpeming. Greenwood was a station on the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway and was first platted in 1865. It was the site of the blast furnaces of the Michigan Iron Company and was first known as "Greenwood Furnace". A post office with that name operated from March 1867 until October 1875, the year the furnaces were closed.
  • South Greenwood is an unincorporated community approximately one mile south of US 41/M-28 at 46°28′23″N 87°47′11″W / 46.47306°N 87.78639°W / 46.47306; -87.78639 The Greenwood Station on Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway was located here.46°28′25″N 87°47′05″W / 46.47361°N 87.78472°W / 46.47361; -87.78472.
  • Champion is a community to the west and the Champion ZIP code 49814 serves portions of western and northern Ely Township.
  • Ishpeming is a city to the east and the Ishpeming ZIP code 49849 serves portions of eastern and southern Ely Township.
  • Snowville is an unincorporated community in the township


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 140.6 square miles (364 km2), of which 137.6 square miles (356 km2) is land and 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2) (2.07%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,010 people, 726 households, and 564 families residing in the township. The population density was 14.6 per square mile (5.6/km2). There were 1,105 housing units at an average density of 8.0 per square mile (3.1/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 98.71% White, 0.10% African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.15% Asian, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population.

There were 726 households, out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.3% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the township the population was spread out, with 27.8% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $42,326, and the median income for a family was $46,739. Males had a median income of $36,786 versus $22,000 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,901. About 2.7% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.

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