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Redding Township, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Clare
Organized April 1891
 • Total 35.4 sq mi (91.8 km2)
 • Land 34.9 sq mi (90.4 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
Elevation 1,053 ft (321 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 526
 • Density 15/sq mi (5.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 48625 (Harrison),
49665 (Marion)
FIPS code 26-67600
GNIS feature ID 1626959

Redding Township is a civil township of Clare County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 526 at the 2010 census.


  • Clarence was a settlement on the Toledo and Ann Arbor Railroad formed in 1888 and centered around a mill of the Clarence Lumber Company.
  • Temple is an unincorporated community just off M-61 approximately 12 miles west of Harrison at 44°01′51″N 85°01′42″W / 44.03083°N 85.02833°W / 44.03083; -85.02833 (Temple, Michigan). It was a station on the Toledo, Ann Arbor and North Michigan Railway and was founded in 1889 while the area was still a part of Winterfield Township on land given by Mary L. Campbell. For her, the settlement was first known as Campbell City. A post office named Temple, after Martin Temple, opened on April 21, 1890, with hotelman, Bert Trall, as the first postmaster. The office operated until August 12, 1966. Located along the Muskegon River, it was a bustling area when Michigan's logging industry was in its prime, like many of lower Michigan's former logging centers.
  • The city of Harrison is to the east, and the Harrison ZIP code 48625 serves the eastern portion of Redding Township.
  • The village of Marion is to the northwest in Osceola County, and the Marion ZIP code 49665 serves areas in the western part of Redding Township.


Redding Township is in western Clare County and is bordered by Osceola County to the west. M-61 crosses the township, passing through Temple and leading east to Harrison, the county seat, and west to M-115.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.4 square miles (91.8 km2), of which 34.9 square miles (90.4 km2) is land and 0.54 square miles (1.4 km2), or 1.49%, is water. The Muskegon River flows across the township from the northern border to the southwest corner, passing just west of Temple.


As of the census of 2000, there were 526 people, 219 households, and 153 families residing in the township. The population density was 14.9 per square mile (5.8/km²). There were 497 housing units at an average density of 14.1 per square mile (5.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.15% White, 0.57% African American, 0.38% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.57% of the population.

There were 219 households out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 104.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $24,438, and the median income for a family was $28,864. Males had a median income of $25,469 versus $26,000 for females. The per capita income for the township was $14,687. About 16.5% of families and 19.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.2% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.

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