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Hamburg Township, Michigan
Hamburg Township Hall
Hamburg Township Hall
"A Great Place To Grow!"
Location within Livingston County
Location within Livingston County
Hamburg Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Hamburg Township, Michigan
Hamburg Township, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Hamburg Township, Michigan is located in the United States
Hamburg Township, Michigan
Hamburg Township, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Livingston
Established 1835
 • Civil township 36.0 sq mi (93.3 km2)
 • Land 32.2 sq mi (83.5 km2)
 • Water 3.8 sq mi (9.8 km2)
853 ft (260 m)
 • Civil township 21,165
 • Density 657/sq mi (253.5/km2)
 • Metro
4,296,250 (Metro Detroit)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48116 (Brighton)
48139 (Hamburg)
48143 (Lakeland)
48169 (Pinckney)
48189 (Whitmore Lake)
48843 (Howell)
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-36100
GNIS feature ID 1626420

Hamburg Township is a civil township of Livingston County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 21,165. It is the most populated municipality in Livingston County.


A trio of unincorporated communities exist within the township:

Zip Code areas

  • Brighton is to the northeast, and the Brighton ZIP code, 48116, serves northeastern areas of Hamburg Township.
  • Pinckney is to the west, and the Pinckney ZIP code, 48169, serves much of the western portion of Hamburg Township.
  • Whitmore Lake is to the southeast, and the Whitmore Lake ZIP code, 48189, serves a portion in the southeast of Hamburg Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.0 square miles (93 km2), of which 32.4 square miles (84 km2) is land and 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2) (10.08%) is water. There are 32 named lakes, with numerous smaller ponds, marshes, creeks and streams.

Parks/Lakelands Trail/Brighton State Recreation Area

East and West Bennett Parks off of Merrill Road service the recreational needs of township children for soccer, football, cheerleading, and softball.

Five miles of the Lakelands Trail have been developed through Hamburg Township. The trail is asphalted and parallels the major state highway M-36. It is a favorite place of Township residents for walking and bicycling. No motorized vehicles are permitted on the Lakelands Trail.

Just over an entire section (Section 10) of Hamburg Township contains a significant portion of the Brighton State Recreation Area. Rustic and modern campsites are available. There is a swimming beach and boat launch for Bishop Lake, together with numerous picnic areas, barbecue facilities and hiking trails.

The Huron River/Flooding

Hamburg Township is traversed east to west by approximately 10 miles of the Huron River. The Huron River area near Hamburg Road in the vicinity of Ore Lake/Little Ore Lake has been the subject of numerous recent flooding events since 2000. The last major flooding was in May, 2004 when the water reached 8.13 feet (flood stage is 6.5 feet)and the event was declared a disaster. Flooding occurred in September, 2008 as result of the convergence of weed growth and heavy rains from southern hurricanes. The most recent flooding occurred in March, 2009, with record breaking streamflows. Hamburg Township is a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program and the Community Rating Service Program of NFIP, being a Class 8 community.

The many natural features of the Hamburg have lent itself to the development of "open space" zoning and planning techniques employed by the developers of numerous subdivisions in the 1990s and early 2000s.


As of the census of 2000, there were 20,627 people, 7,086 households, and 5,796 families residing in the township. The population density was 636.9 per square mile (245.9/km2). There were 7,678 housing units at an average density of 237.1 per square mile (91.5/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.22% White, 1.02% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.

There were 7,086 households, out of which 43.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.7% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 13.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the township the population was spread out, with 29.6% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $75,960, and the median income for a family was $81,351. Males had a median income of $56,671 versus $34,111 for females. The per capita income for the township was $30,283. About 1.5% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.

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