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Garfield Township, Michigan
Charter township
Charter Township of Garfield
Location within Grand Traverse County
Location within Grand Traverse County
Garfield Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Garfield Township, Michigan
Garfield Township, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Grand Traverse
Established 1882
 • Total 27.7 sq mi (71.7 km2)
 • Land 26.7 sq mi (69.1 km2)
 • Water 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)
702 ft (214 m)
 • Total 19,499
 • Density 730/sq mi (282/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49684, 49685, 49686, 49696
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-31580
GNIS feature ID 1626337

Garfield Township, officially the Charter Township of Garfield, is a charter township of Grand Traverse County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2020 census, the township had a total population of 19,499. This makes it the most populous municipality in Northern Lower Michigan.

Due to its location adjacent to Traverse City, the township is largely urbanized. It is one of two charter townships in Grand Traverse County, the other being East Bay Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 27.7 square miles (72 km2), of which 26.7 square miles (69 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) (3.54%) is water.


  • Traverse City is northeast of Garfield Township, also touching East Bay and Peninsula Townships in Grand Traverse County, and Elmwood Township in Leelanau County.
  • Brookside, a small suburb of Traverse City on Franke Road behind Meijer
  • Green Hill Corners, a place atop Green Hill. It consists of a hardware store, a golf course, a Mexican restaurant, a small Strip Mall, a general store, and a few neighborhoods. It is located on Silver Lake Road and Zimmerman Road.
  • Harris, a place at the bottom of a hill. It is a hospital, a medical park, and a Grocery Store
  • Woodland Valley, a neighborhood off Silver Lake and Culver Roads.


As of the census of 2010, there were 16,256 people, 7,367 households, and 4,040 families residing in the township. The population density was 609 per square mile (235/km2). There were 8,194 housing units at an average density of 307 per square mile (119/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 93.87% White, 0.80% African American, 1.18% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 2.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.45% of the population.

There were 7,367 households, out of which 22.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.2% were non-families. 37.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the township the population was spread out, with 20.1% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $41,712, and the median income for a family was $55,977. Males had a median income of $30,167 versus $23,672 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,390. About 10.1% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.9% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.

West Senior High Entrance
Traverse City West Senior High School


Traverse City Area Public Schools serves the entirety of Garfield Township. The district operates two high schools, with one, Traverse City West Senior High School, located within the township.

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Municipio de Garfield (condado de Grand Traverse, Míchigan) para niños

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