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Thetford Township
Country United States
State Michigan
County Genesee
Settled 1836
Organized 1842
 • Total 34.8 sq mi (90.0 km2)
 • Land 34.7 sq mi (89.8 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)  0.20%
Elevation 781 ft (238 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,049
 • Density 238.6/sq mi (92.2/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48420
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-79460
GNIS feature ID 1627159

Thetford Township is a general law township of Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 7,049 at the 2010 census, down from 8,277 at the 2000 census.


  • Thetford Center is an unincorporated community in the township at Center and Vienna Roads.
  • Whitesburg is an unincorporated community in the township on Vassar Road, north of Scott Road and south of Dodge Road. It formerly had a post office and a railroad station.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.8 square miles (90 km2), of which 34.7 square miles (90 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.20%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 8,277 people, 2,975 households, and 2,299 families residing in the township. The population density was 238.6 per square mile (92.2/km²). There were 3,072 housing units at an average density of 88.6 per square mile (34.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.42% White, 2.91% African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.87% of the population.

There were 2,975 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the township the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $47,175, and the median income for a family was $50,378. Males had a median income of $41,533 versus $25,884 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,057. About 5.8% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.6% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

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