Leonidas Township, Michigan

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Leonidas Township, Michigan
Leonidas Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Leonidas Township, Michigan
Leonidas Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°1′17″N 85°21′10″W / 42.02139°N 85.35278°W / 42.02139; -85.35278Coordinates: 42°1′17″N 85°21′10″W / 42.02139°N 85.35278°W / 42.02139; -85.35278
CountryUnited States
CountySt. Joseph
 • Total36.2 sq mi (93.8 km2)
 • Land35.7 sq mi (92.5 km2)
 • Water0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
866 ft (264 m)
 • Total1,239
 • Density34.7/sq mi (13.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code26-47020[1]
GNIS feature ID1626606[2]

Leonidas Township is a civil township of St. Joseph County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,239 at the 2000 census.


Settlers from New York came here in 1831. James and Robert Cowen built a mill along Nottawa Creek in this township in 1832 at a site called Cowen's Mills.[3] A village of Leonidas was platted in 1846.[4]

Another place called Factoryville was established around a sawmill on Nottawa Creek in 1839. A woolen factory was added to this site in 1842. It had a post office from 1888 until 1907.<[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.2 square miles (94 km2), of which 35.7 square miles (92 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (1.38%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,239 people, 407 households, and 326 families residing in the township. The population density was 34.7 per square mile (13.4/km²). There were 432 housing units at an average density of 12.1 per square mile (4.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.50% White, 0.48% African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.24% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population.

There were 407 households out of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.8% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 15.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.04 and the average family size was 3.41.

In the township the population was spread out with 31.9% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $42,417, and the median income for a family was $47,321. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $21,488 for females. The per capita income for the township was $14,983. About 8.6% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.1% of those under age 18 and 3.1% 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: Leonidas Township, Michigan
  3. ^ Romig 1986, p. 136.
  4. ^ Romig 1986, p. 325.
  5. ^ Romig 1986, p. 189.


  • Romig, Walter (October 1, 1986) [1973]. 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 978-0-8143-1838-6.