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Erie Township, Michigan
Erie Township Hall
Erie Township Hall
Location within Monroe County
Location within Monroe County
Erie Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Erie Township, Michigan
Erie Township, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Erie Township, Michigan is located in the United States
Erie Township, Michigan
Erie Township, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Monroe
Established 1827
 • Total 29.58 sq mi (76.6 km2)
 • Land 23.72 sq mi (61.4 km2)
 • Water 5.86 sq mi (15.2 km2)
584 ft (178 m)
 • Total 4,517
 • Density 190.4/sq mi (73.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48133 (Erie)
Area code(s) 734
FIPS code 26-26320
GNIS feature ID 1626245
Dixie Highway Erie Township Michigan
Dixie Highway facing north toward Manhattan Street in the community of Erie

Erie Township is a civil township of Monroe County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,517 at the 2010 census. Sharing a southern border with the city of Toledo about 35 miles (56.3 km) south of the city of Detroit, the township is one of the southernmost areas included in the Detroit–Warren–Ann Arbor Combined Statistical Area (Metro Detroit).

The township was organized in 1827 and is the southeasternmost municipality in the state of Michigan. The township is served by Mason Consolidated Schools. The city of Luna Pier is mostly surrounded by the township, but the two are administered autonomously.


Erie was started in 1790 by Métis moving south from Monroe. Early on, a log church named St. Joseph sur la baie Miami was built here. Father Gabriel Richard often would conduct Mass here. When a post office was established here in 1827, it was given the name of Bay Settlement.


  • Erie is an unincorporated community located in the Northwest portion of the township.
  • Lost Peninsula is an unincorporated community located at 41°44′13″N 83°27′27″W / 41.73694°N 83.45750°W / 41.73694; -83.45750 in the Southeast portion of the township along the shore of the North Maumee Bay and Lake Erie. Lost Peninsula is located on the northernmost point of the Point Place Peninsula. The Toledo, Ohio neighborhood of Point Place borders Lost Peninsula to the south. The Point Place neighborhood makes up the majority of the Point Place Peninsula.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 29.7 square miles (77 km2), of which 24.1 square miles (62 km2) is land and 5.6 square miles (15 km2) (18.74%) is water. Erie Township also has jurisdiction over the Lost Peninsula and joint control with Toledo, Ohio over Turtle Island in Lake Erie.


As of the census of 2000, there were 4,850 people, 1,789 households, and 1,343 families residing in the township. The population density was 201.1 per square mile (77.7/km2). There were 1,917 housing units at an average density of 79.5 per square mile (30.7/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 95.32% White, 1.01% African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 1.42% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 4.29% of the population.

There were 1,789 households, out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the township the population was spread out, with 27.1% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $52,442, and the median income for a family was $59,089. Males had a median income of $46,810 versus $27,900 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,494. About 4.5% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.


Notable people

  • Elroy M. Avery, historian, author, and politician; born in Erie Township

See also

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