Chocolay Charter Township, Michigan

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Chocolay Charter Township, Michigan
Charter township
Chocolay Charter Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Chocolay Charter Township, Michigan
Chocolay Charter Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
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Country United States
State Michigan
County Marquette
 • Total 60.8 sq mi (157.5 km2)
 • Land 59.7 sq mi (154.5 km2)
 • Water 1.2 sq mi (3.0 km2)
Elevation 653 ft (199 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 7,148
 • Density 119.8/sq mi (46.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-15660[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626081[2]

Chocolay Charter Township is a charter township of Marquette County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 7,148 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 60.8 square miles (157 km2), of which 59.7 square miles (155 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (1.89%) is water.


  • Beaver Grove is an unincorporated community in the township.
  • Gordon is an unincorporated community in the township.
  • Green Garden is an unincorporated community in the township.
  • Harvey is an unincorporated community in the township.
  • Lakewood is an unincorporated community in the township.
  • Sand River is an unincorporated community in the township.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,148 people, 2,324 households, and 1,743 families residing in the township. The population density was 119.8 per square mile (46.3/km²). There were 2,643 housing units at an average density of 44.3 per square mile (17.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township, based on self-reporting, was 86.64% White, 8.66% African American, 2.01% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population. Based on self-reporting in Census 2000, 12.7% were of Finnish, 11.1% German, 10.5% French, 8.6% English, 7.6% Irish, 5.6% Swedish and 5.1% Italian ancestry.

There were 2,324 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.6% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 34.0% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 139.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 150.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $49,438, and the median income for a family was $55,972. Males had a median income of $39,282 versus $27,500 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,569. About 3.0% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 1.1% of those age 65 or over.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Chocolay Charter Township, Michigan

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