Orleans Township, Michigan

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Orleans Township, Michigan
Orleans Township is located in Michigan
Orleans Township
Orleans Township
Orleans Township is located in the United States
Orleans Township
Orleans Township
Coordinates: 43°5′8″N 85°7′31″W / 43.08556°N 85.12528°W / 43.08556; -85.12528Coordinates: 43°5′8″N 85°7′31″W / 43.08556°N 85.12528°W / 43.08556; -85.12528
CountryUnited States
 • Total36.2 sq mi (93.8 km2)
 • Land35.5 sq mi (92.0 km2)
 • Water0.7 sq mi (1.9 km2)
856 ft (261 m)
 • Total2,736
 • Density77.0/sq mi (29.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)616
FIPS code26-61160[1]
GNIS feature ID1626860[2]

Orleans Township is a civil township of Ionia County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,736 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.2 square miles (94 km2), of which 35.5 square miles (92 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (1.99%) is water.


  • Chadwick was a community started by Charles Chadwick in 1856. When the Detroit, Lansing and Northern Railroad was built in 1872 Chadwick got a depot on the railroad located here. It had a post office from 1872 until 1907.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,736 people, 985 households, and 743 families residing in the township. The population density was 77.0 per square mile (29.7/km²). There were 1,167 housing units at an average density of 32.9 per square mile (12.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.32% White, 0.07% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.57% of the population.

There were 985 households out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.5% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the township the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 107.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $42,665, and the median income for a family was $46,488. Males had a median income of $36,326 versus $24,360 for females. The per capita income for the township was $17,425. About 7.4% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 12.8% 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: Orleans Township, Michigan
  3. ^ Romig 1986, p. 108.


  • 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 0-8143-1838-X.