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Wheatland Township, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Mecosta
 • Total 35.7 sq mi (92.5 km2)
 • Land 35.5 sq mi (92.0 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
1,024 ft (312 m)
 • Total 1,474
 • Density 41.5/sq mi (16.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
49310 (Blanchard),
49332 (Mecosta),
49340 (Remus)
FIPS code 26-86560
GNIS feature ID 1627256

Wheatland Township is a civil township of Mecosta County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,474 at the 2000 census.


  • Remus is an unincorporated community near the center of the township at 43°35′48″N 85°08′41″W / 43.59667°N 85.14472°W / 43.59667; -85.14472 (Remus, Michigan) It was at first called Bingen, and was located about three miles (5 km) west of the current site, where there was a sawmill and several other buildings. Settlement moved to the present site in 1869 to be on the Detroit, Lansing and Northern Railroad line. A post office named Bingen was established on July 20, 1877, with Christian W. Wernette as the first postmaster. The office was renamed Remus on March 15, 1880, after William John Remus, a landowner who had surveyed the area. The Remus ZIP code 49340 serves most of Wheatland Township, as well as a large portion of Sheridan Township to the north, a small area of Millbrook Township to the south, and portions of Sherman Township, Broomfield Township, and Fremont Township to the east in Isabella County.
  • The village of Mecosta is to the west, and the Mecosta ZIP code 49332 also serves a small area of Wheatland Township.
  • The community of Blanchard is to the southeast, and the Blanchard ZIP code 49310 also serves a small area of Wheatland Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.7 square miles (92.5 km²), of which 35.5 square miles (92.0 km²) is land and 0.2 square mile (0.5 km²) (0.50%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,474 people, 566 households, and 395 families residing in the township. The population density was 41.5 per square mile (16.0/km²). There were 654 housing units at an average density of 18.4 per square mile (7.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.98% White, 1.42% African American, 1.02% Native American, 0.68% from other races, and 1.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.22% of the population.

There were 566 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the township the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $33,654, and the median income for a family was $38,229. Males had a median income of $30,296 versus $20,938 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,405. About 7.7% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.

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