Hamlin Township, Mason County, Michigan

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Hamlin Township, Michigan
Big Sable Point Light within Ludington State Park
Location within Mason County
Location within Mason County
Hamlin Township is located in Michigan
Hamlin Township
Hamlin Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 44°02′9″N 86°26′45″W / 44.03583°N 86.44583°W / 44.03583; -86.44583Coordinates: 44°02′9″N 86°26′45″W / 44.03583°N 86.44583°W / 44.03583; -86.44583
CountryUnited States
 • SupervisorNancy Vandervest
 • Total34.4 sq mi (89.0 km2)
 • Land27.5 sq mi (71.2 km2)
 • Water6.9 sq mi (17.8 km2)
630 ft (192 m)
 • Total3,192
 • Density116.1/sq mi (44.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49411, 49431
Area code(s)231
FIPS code26-36220[1]
GNIS feature ID1626425[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

Hamlin Township is a civil township of Mason County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,192 at the 2000 census.


Hamlin Township was organized in 1860.[3] It was named in honor of Hannibal Hamlin, 15th Vice President of the United States.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.4 square miles (89 km2), of which 27.5 square miles (71 km2) is land and 6.9 square miles (18 km2) (20.05%) is water. Big Sable Point Light and Ludington State Park are located within the township along Lake Michigan. Hamlin Lake, a dammed lake from the Big Sable River, also occupies a large portion of the township.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,192 people, 1,343 households, and 992 families residing in the township. The population density was 116.1 per square mile (44.8/km²). There were 2,123 housing units at an average density of 77.2 per square mile (29.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.43% White, 0.06% African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.60% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.79% of the population.

There were 1,343 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.3% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $41,594, and the median income for a family was $49,231. Males had a median income of $38,111 versus $24,750 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,658. About 5.0% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.3% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hamlin Township, Mason County, Michigan
  3. ^ "Farm Bureau Shows History of County By Parade at Fairgrounds". Ludington Daily News. August 28, 1937. p. 8. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Focus on our history: How county was named". Ludington Daily News. October 3, 1987. p. 2. Retrieved 30 April 2015.