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Charter Township of Washington
Charter township
Location within Macomb County (red) and an administered portion of the Romeo village (pink)
Location within Macomb County (red) and an administered portion of the Romeo village (pink)
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Country United States
State Michigan
County Macomb
 • Type Council
 • Total 36.8 sq mi (95.3 km2)
 • Land 35.9 sq mi (93.1 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2.2 km2)
781 ft (238 m)
 • Total 25,139
 • Density 530.7/sq mi (204.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48065, 48094, 48095, 48306
Area code(s) 248 and 586
FIPS code 26-84120
GNIS feature ID 1627216

Washington Charter Township, located within Metro Detroit, is a charter township of Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 25,139 at the 2010 census. Washington Township is bordered by the village of Romeo as well as Ray Township, Shelby Township, and Oakland Township in Oakland County and is 18 miles north of Detroit. The historic Octagon House and Stony Creek Metro Park are popular destinations for visitors.


  • Clifton Mills is an unincorporated community near the intersection of 31 Mile Rd. and Mt. Vernon Rd. (42°47′06″N 83°05′10″W / 42.78500°N 83.08611°W / 42.78500; -83.08611 ;Elevation: 853 ft./260 m.).
  • Mount Vernon is an unincorporated community in the southwest portion of the township at Mt. Vernon and 28 Mile Roads (42°44′31″N 83°05′13″W / 42.74194°N 83.08694°W / 42.74194; -83.08694 ;Elevation: 830 ft./253 m.).
  • Romeo is a village in the northeast corner of the township. Most of the village is in adjacent Bruce Township.
  • Washington is an unincorporated community in the south central portion of the township just west of M-53 at 42°43′28″N 83°02′10″W / 42.72444°N 83.03611°W / 42.72444; -83.03611. Located at the intersection of West Rd. and VanDyke Ave.
  • Crystal Creek North is a new development that is located off of Mound Road between 28 and 29 Mile Road. This is the second development, with the first being Crystal Creek located off of Mound just North of 26 Mile Road


Westview Orchards was founded in what is now Washington Township in 1813.

Washington Township was organized in 1827.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.8 square miles (95.3 km²), of which 36.0 square miles (93.1 km²) is land and 0.9 square mile (2.2 km²) (2.34%) is water.


Weather in Washington Township is similar to Detroit, generally being only a few degrees cooler allowing for more snow in the winter.

A notable weather event occurred on July 2, 1997 when, during the Michigan Tornado Outbreak, a EF0 tornado touched down at 26 mile Road and destroyed parts of the Rudgate trailer park community. Six people were injured during the events.


As of the census of 2010, there were 25,139 people (up from 19,080 in 2000), 9,258 households, and 7,160 families residing in the township. The population density was 699.2 per square mile (270.0/km2). There were 9,258 occupied housing units and 612 vacant units. The racial makeup of the township was 94.8% White, 1.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.9% of the population.

There were 9,258 households, out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.9% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the township the population was spread out, with 25.0% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 30.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $68,841 in 2000 and $83,348 in 2016; the median income for a family was $78,988 in 2000 and $94,057 in 2016. In 2000, males had a median income of $60,721 versus $31,213 for females. The per capita income for the township was $38,657. About 5.7% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line (up from 2.8% of families and 3.7% of all individuals in 2000), including 9.6% of those under age 18 (up from 5.0% in 2000) and 5.9% of those age 65 or over (up from 2.7% in 2000).

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