Fort Gratiot Charter
Township is a charter
township of St. Clair County in the U.S. state of
population was 10,691 at the 2000 census
- Gardendale is an unincorporated community near the
center of the township at . It was a station on the Pere Marquette Railway. A post office
operated from March 1891 until March 1906.
- Keewahdin or
Keewahdin Beach was a resort developed in 1914 by
the Keewahdin Park Association on Lake Huron north of Port Huron. The name was likely
derived from Kewadin, a famous Ojibwe leader. It is located at .
city of Port
Huron is adjacent to the southeast.
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the township has a total area of 16.1
square miles (41.7 km²), of which, 16.1 square miles
(41.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²)
of it (0.19%) is water.
Gratiot is on the southwestern shore of Lake Huron and is considered to be part of the Thumb of Michigan, which in
turn is a subregion of the Flint/Tri-Cities.
Fort Gratiot is a
major center of trade for the Blue Water Area, a subregion of the
Thumb. The Birchwood Mall
other big box stores are located in Fort Gratiot.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 10,691
people, 4,076 households, and 2,946 families residing in the
township. The population density
was 664.7 per square mile (256.7/km²). There were 4,334 housing
units at an average density of 269.5/sq mi (104.1/km²). The
racial makeup of the township was 95.43% White
, 1.46% African American
, 0.01% Pacific Islander
, 0.52% from
, and 0.98%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.75% of the
There were 4,076 households out of which 32.7% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 61.0% were married couples
living together, 8.1% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families.
22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the township the population was spread out with 24.7% under the
age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45
to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age
was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $50,736, and
the median income for a family was $55,726. Males had a median
income of $43,268 versus $25,667 for females. The per capita income
for the township was
$25,485. About 4.2% of families and 5.7% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 8.2%
of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.