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Grand Island Township, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Alger
 • Total 49.1 sq mi (127.1 km2)
 • Land 22.5 sq mi (58.2 km2)
 • Water 26.6 sq mi (68.9 km2)
Elevation 689 ft (210 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 47
 • Density 2/sq mi (0.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-33380
GNIS feature ID 1626371

Grand Island Township is a civil township of Alger County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The township consists entirely of the Grand Island in Lake Superior just north of Munising, as well as a small portion of the mainland near the island where most of its residents reside. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 47. The entire island is designated as the Grand Island National Recreation Area.


Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse 2009
Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse

Williams Landing is an unincorporated community in the township located on Center Road at Murray Bay (46°27′04″N 86°40′16″W / 46.45111°N 86.67111°W / 46.45111; -86.67111 Elevation: 604 ft./184 m.).


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 49.1 square miles (127.1 km2), of which 22.5 square miles (58.2 km2) is land and 26.6 square miles (68.9 km2), or 54.21%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 40
1970 32 −20.0%
1980 23 −28.1%
1990 21 −8.7%
2000 45 114.3%
2010 47 4.4%
Source: Census Bureau. Census 1960- 2000, 2010.

As of the census of 2000, there were 45 people, 18 households, and 10 families residing in the township. The population density was 2.0 per square mile (0.8/km²). There were 49 housing units at an average density of 2.2 per square mile (0.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.56% White, 2.22% Native American and 2.22% Asian. 24.1% were of Finnish, 17.2% English, 13.8% German, 6.9% Czechoslovakian, 6.9% French Canadian, 6.9% Polish and 6.9% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 18 households out of which 22.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.1% were married couples living together, and 38.9% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% 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 3.18.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 2.2% from 18 to 24, 20.0% from 25 to 44, 28.9% from 45 to 64, and 24.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 80.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $76,094, and the median income for a family was $82,500. Males had a median income of $61,250 versus $38,750 for females. The per capita income for the township was $33,892. There were no families and 2.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 12.5% of those over 64.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Grand Island has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

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