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|Charter Township of Waterford|
|• Type||Charter Township|
|• Total||35.3 sq mi (91.4 km2)|
|• Land||31.3 sq mi (81.2 km2)|
|• Water||4.0 sq mi (10.3 km2) 11.22%|
|Elevation||948 ft (289 m)|
|• Density||2,044.4/sq mi (789.6/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1627218|
|Website||Charter Township of Waterford Michigan|
In 2012, the population of Waterford Township, Michigan was 72,166.
Waterford Township has five unincorporated communities:
- Clintonville ( ) is located on Walton Boulevard between Clintonville Road and Sashabaw Road.
- Drayton Plains ( ) is located at Dixie Highway on the west end of Loon Lake.
- Elizabeth Lake ( ) is an historic resort community located on Elizabeth Lake.
- Four Towns ( ) is located at Lochaven Road and Cooley Lake Road.
- Waterford Village ( ) is an historic village located at Dixie Highway and Andersonville Road.
In 1818, Oliver Williams selected land in Oakland County which he purchased for two dollars an acre. Archibald Phillips and Alpheus Williams purchased 161.40 acres (653,200 m2) in what later became Waterford Village.
In 1819, Alpheus Williams and Archibald Phillips continued on to where the Clinton River crossed the old Saginaw Trail (now known as Dixie Highway). They settled at the site of the present Waterford Village. Here the first house of Waterford Village was built by Alpheus Williams on the north bank of the river. Archibald Phillips built his home across from the south corner where Andersonville Road meets Dixie Highway.
The township was named Waterford because of the vast number of lakes covering the township.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.3 square miles (91 km2), of which 31.3 square miles (81 km2) is land and 4.0 square miles (10 km2), or 11.22%, is water.
|Springfield Township||Independence Township||Orion Township|
|White Lake Township||Lake Angelus
|Commerce Township||Keego Harbor
West Bloomfield Township
|Four Towns||Huron Heights|
Like the rest of Southeast Michigan, Waterford Township has a continental climate. It has a higher elevation than Detroit (982 feet (299 m) compared to 585 feet (178 m)), and therefore the township is somewhat cooler than Detroit and other nearby cities. It is moderately cold in the winter with varied snowfall throughout. Spring varies from warm by day to cool at night. The township's warmest weather occurs in the summer with temperatures in the eighty to ninety degree range and typically high humidity. Summer is also the wettest season in the area. In recent years, Waterford Township has seen a few 100-plus degree days. Fall starts warm, but November ends with high temperatures barely above freezing.
Waterford Township is home to 34 named lakes.
|Lakes in Waterford Township|
|Lake||Size in acres||Depth in feet|
|Cass Lake (part)||1,280||123|
|Lake Angelus (part)||477||88|
|Lake Oakland (most)||255||64|
|Lester Lake (most)||12||25|
|Lotus Lake (most)||179||65|
|Pontiac Lake (part)||612||34|
|Sylvan Lake (part)||532||71|
|Upper Silver Lake (part)||35.5||30|
|Van Norman Lake (part)||66||90|
|White Horse Lake||8||10|
|Woodhull Lake (most)||135||56|
As of the 2012 population report from SEMCOG, Waterford Township had a population of 72,166.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, there were 73,150 people, 29,387 households, and 19,130 families residing in the township in 2000. The population density was 2,334.3 people per square mile (901.2/km²).
In 2000, there were 30,404 housing units with an average density of 970.2 per square mile (374.6/km²).
The racial makeup of the township in 2000 was:
- 92.65% White
- 3.91% Hispanic or Latino
- 2.89% African American
- 0.35% Native American
- 1.27% Asian
- 0.01% Pacific Islander
- 1.13% from other races
- 1.69% from two or more races
In 2000, there were:
- 29,387 households
- 30.4% of the households had children under the age of 18 living with them
- 51.6% were married couples living together
- 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present
- 34.9% were non-families
- 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals
- 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older
- 2.42 was the average household size
- 2.99 was the average family size.
The township's 2000 population was:
- 23.2% under the age of 18
- 8.2% from 18 to 24
- 36.0% from 25 to 44
- 21.8% from 45 to 64
- 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older
- The median age was 36 years
- For every 100 females there were 99.6 males
- For every 100 females age 18 and over there were 97.5 males
The median income for a household in 2000 in the township was $55,008, and the median income for a family was $64,500. Males had a median income of $47,409 versus $32,016 for females. The per capita income for the township was $27,432. About 3.8% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 and over.
Oakland County International Airport is located in Waterford Township. The airport is a hub for the airline Lakeshore Express, a local commuter airline to Pellston, and Chicago-Midway
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