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Harrison Township, Michigan
Charter township
Harrison Charter Township
Boat Town USA
Location within Macomb County
Location within Macomb County
Harrison Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Harrison Township, Michigan
Harrison Township, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Macomb
 • Total 23.8 sq mi (61.5 km2)
 • Land 14.3 sq mi (37.0 km2)
 • Water 9.4 sq mi (24.5 km2)
577 ft (176 m)
 • Total 24,461
 • Density 1,710.2/sq mi (660.3/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 586
FIPS code 26-36820
GNIS feature ID 1626439

Harrison Charter Township is a charter township of Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 24,461. The 2008 Census Bureau Estimate places the population at 26,004.


There are two unincorporated communities in the Township/CDP:

  • Lakeside is located a few miles southeast of Mount Clemens on the L'anse Creuse Bay of Lake St. Clair just east of Interstate 94 and just north of the Clinton River canal at 42°33′54″N 82°50′21″W / 42.56500°N 82.83917°W / 42.56500; -82.83917 (Lakeside, Michigan). The area was projected in approximately 1900, mostly backed by financing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania capitalists who hoped to make it into a lake port for Mount Clemens. However, it did not develop much more than having an interurban rail connection with the city.
  • Saint Clair Haven, or Clair Haven is located on Campau Bay of the Lake Saint Clair (42°35′00″N 82°47′25″W / 42.58333°N 82.79028°W / 42.58333; -82.79028 (Saint Clair Haven, Michigan) ; Elevation: 577 ft./176 m.).

Belvedere was a village at the mouth of the Clinton River. It was established in 1837 but flooded the following year and was abandoned.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 23.8 square miles (62 km2), of which 14.3 square miles (37 km2) is land and 9.4 square miles (24 km2) (39.79%) is water.


The location of the township makes it a very popular attraction for many people in surrounding areas. Lake Saint Clair Metropark (formerly Metro Beach Metropark) is located on the shoreline of Harrison Township and Lake St. Clair. The park contains nature trails, a nature center, playgrounds, beaches, pools, and picnic areas. The park has docks available to boaters. Locally, Harrison Township is known as "BoatTown, U.S.A." due to the large number of marinas.

Selfridge Air National Guard Base is located in Harrison Township.


The U.S. Census Bureau has defined Harrison Township as a census-designated place (CDP) in the 2000 Census. This allows the community to appear both on the list of places (like cities and villages) as well on the list of county subdivisions (like other townships). The final statistics for the township and the CDP are identical.

As of the census of 2000, there were 24,461 people, 10,720 households, and 6,421 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,710.2 per square mile (660.5/km2). There were 11,486 housing units at an average density of 803.0 per square mile (310.1/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 94.53% White, 2.47% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.48% of the population.

There were 10,720 households, out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the township the population was spread out, with 21.9% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $51,892, and the median income for a family was $67,129. Males had a median income of $47,444 versus $31,561 for females. The per capita income for the township was $29,491. About 3.6% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Municipio de Harrison (condado de Macomb, Míchigan) para niños

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