Commerce Township, Michigan
Commerce Charter Township
|Charter Township of Commerce|
When you're here, you're family.
Location of Commerce Township within Oakland County, Michigan.
|• Township supervisor||David E. Scott|
|• Total||29.8 sq mi (77.3 km2)|
|• Land||27.6 sq mi (71.4 km2)|
|• Water||2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)|
|Elevation||909 ft (277 m)|
|• Density||1,300/sq mi (520/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1626125|
Commerce Township, officially the Charter Township of Commerce, is a charter township of Oakland County, and suburb of Detroit, located in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 40,186 at the 2010 census. The terrain is rolling hills with large expanses of flat farmland and suburban development. The Huron River runs mostly north-south through the township. Commerce was formerly a weekend and summer resort for Detroiters because of the area's small inland lakes and peaceful seclusion, but due to recent development the cottages are now all permanent homes. There has been a sharp increase in population in the last few years, mostly on or near the several lakes and golf courses. Much of Proud Lake State Recreation Area is within the township. The northern terminus of M-5 is in Commerce. The busy highway would have continued north to Interstate 75, but because of the area's high property value and the many lakes that dot the landscape such a project would have been far too costly.
In 1994, David Hahn, a 17-year-old Eagle Scout, constructed a makeshift nuclear reactor in his backyard in Commerce Township, exposing himself and his neighbors—and maybe even as many as 40,000 people in the area—to radioactive materials, and drawing the attention of the EPA. The event became a short-lived media sensation, and a book by Ken Silverstein called The Radioactive Boy Scout was written about the incident and published in 2004.
Most of the Township's southern areas are covered by the following cities.
- Walled Lake is a city in the south central portion of the Township.
- Northern Wixom covers the extreme southwest portion of the Township as the southern part of the city covers the northwest portion of Novi Township.
- Wolverine Lake is an incorporated village in the Township.
Additionally, there are 4 unincorporated communities in the Township:
- Commerce is located at Commerce and Sleeth Roads ( It was platted in 1836. ; Elevation: 945 ft./288 m.).
- Glengary is located on Benstein Road between Oakley Park and Glengary Roads ( ; Elevation: 922 ft./281 m.).
- Oakley Park is located on ( ; Elevation: 932 ft./284 m.).
- Union Lake is an unincorporated community joined in the northeastern part of the township joining the townships of West Bloomfield, Waterford, and White Lake.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 29.8 square miles (77 km2), of which 27.6 square miles (71 km2) is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), or 7.61%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 34,764 people, 12,379 households, and 9,754 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,261.1 per square mile (486.9/km²). There were 12,924 housing units at an average density of 468.8 per square mile (181.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.73% White, 0.50% African American, 0.19% Native American, 1.31% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.16% of the population.
There were 12,379 households out of which 42.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.4% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 17.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the township the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.0 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $72,702, and the median income for a family was $79,976. Males had a median income of $61,087 versus $36,125 for females. The per capita income for the township was $33,104. About 2.4% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.
The two school districts within the boundaries of Commerce Township are Walled Lake Consolidated Schools and Huron Valley Schools.  Walled Lake Northern, Walled Lake Central and Walled Lake Western High Schools are all located within the township.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Commerce Township, Michigan
- "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Commerce charter township, Oakland County, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Commerce, Michigan & GNIS in Google
- Romig 1986, p. 128.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Glengary, Michigan & GNIS in Google
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Oakley Park, Michigan & GNIS in Google
- "Zoning Map." (Map) Commerce Township, Michigan. Retrieved on November 8, 2012.
- "Map of Entire District." (Archive) Walled Lake Consolidated Schools. Retrieved on November 8, 2012.
- "Map of Entire District." Huron Valley Schools.
- Romig, Walter (October 1, 1986) . Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities. Great Lakes Books Series (Paperback). Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X. ISBN 978-0814318386.