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Iron River Township, Michigan
Location within Iron County
Location within Iron County
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Coordinates: 46°15′55″N 88°47′25″W / 46.26528°N 88.79028°W / 46.26528; -88.79028Coordinates: 46°15′55″N 88°47′25″W / 46.26528°N 88.79028°W / 46.26528; -88.79028
Country United States
State Michigan
County Iron
 • Total 243.9 sq mi (631.8 km2)
 • Land 239.6 sq mi (620.4 km2)
 • Water 4.4 sq mi (11.3 km2)
1,568 ft (478 m)
 • Total 1,585
 • Density 6.6/sq mi (2.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 906
FIPS code 26-41000
GNIS feature ID 1626527

Iron River Township is a civil township of Iron County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,585 at the 2000 census.


  • The City of Iron River is situated at the southeast corner of the township, but is administratively autonomous.
  • Beechwood is an unincorporated community in the township northwest of Iron River on US 2 at 46°09′35″N 88°46′24″W / 46.15972°N 88.77333°W / 46.15972; -88.77333 (Beechwood, Michigan) Beechwood was named from a grove of beech trees near the town site. In 1888, Beechwood was made a stop on the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company. In November 1889, a post office was established with Richard M. Dwyer as the first postmaster. The post office was closed in January 1976.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 243.9 square miles (632 km2), of which 239.6 square miles (621 km2) is land and 4.4 square miles (11 km2) (1.80%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,585 people, 596 households, and 401 families residing in the township. The population density was 6.6 per square mile (2.6/km2). There were 933 housing units at an average density of 3.9 per square mile (1.5/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 90.85% White, 7.63% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.57% of the population. 16.1% were of German, 11.6% Italian, 10.3% Finnish, 9.9% Polish, 9.8% Swedish, 6.5% English and 6.3% French ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 596 households, out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.4% 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 2.78.

In the township the population was spread out, with 16.9% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 131.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 145.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $32,024, and the median income for a family was $39,643. Males had a median income of $29,803 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the township was $14,679. About 9.1% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.

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