Van Buren Township, Michigan

Van Buren Charter Township, officially the Charter Township of Van Buren, is a charter township in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 28,821 at the 2010 census.[3] Van Buren Charter Township surrounds the city of Belleville, and Belleville Lake on all sides, leading the township to be commonly referred to as Belleville. It is home to Willow Run Airport, Metro Detroit's second busiest airport.

Van Buren Township, Michigan
Van Buren Charter Township
Welcome sign to Van Buren Charter Township
Welcome sign to Van Buren Charter Township
Location within Wayne County
Location within Wayne County
Van Buren Township is located in Michigan
Van Buren Township
Van Buren Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°13′14″N 83°29′15″W / 42.22056°N 83.48750°W / 42.22056; -83.48750Coordinates: 42°13′14″N 83°29′15″W / 42.22056°N 83.48750°W / 42.22056; -83.48750
Country United States
State Michigan
County Wayne
 • SupervisorKevin McNamara
 • Charter township35.8 sq mi (92.7 km2)
 • Land33.9 sq mi (87.8 km2)
 • Water1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
682 ft (208 m)
 • Charter township28,821
 • Density810/sq mi (310/km2)
 • Metro
4,285,832 (Metro Detroit)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48111, 48174, 48184
Area code(s)734
FIPS code26-81660[1]
GNIS feature ID1627189[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

Van Buren Township was designated survey township 3 S in range 8 E of Wayne County.


The township hall of Van Buren Charter Township

In 1800, settler Henry Snow came and settled on what is now the border with Ypsilanti Township, Washtenaw County which was original called Snow's Landing.[4]

A settlement of the Huron River received a post office on May 7, 1834 with the name of West Huron and postmaster Scott Vining. The township was formed by the State in 1835 and was soon renamed for Martin Van Buren, then vice president of the US. The post office name was also changed. On November 14, 1838, The Van Buren post office was move to Rawsonville and assumed that name.[4]

On October 25, 1895, the Rawsonville post office was closed only to reopen on November 20, 1895 only to close again on February 28, 1902.[4] In 1925, the French Landing Dam and Powerhouse was put in place on the Huron River, placing most of the Rawsonville village under water of the new Belleville Lake. The only visual sign that a village was here at one time is the historical marker in front of the McDonald's on Rawsonville Road and across from Grove Road.[5]


Van Buren Township Water Tower

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.8 square miles (93 km2), of which 33.9 square miles (88 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), or 5.28%, is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 23,559 people, 9,867 households, and 6,117 families residing in the township. The population density was 694.9 per square mile (268.3/km²). There were 10,417 housing units at an average density of 307.3 per square mile (118.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 82.64% White, 12.03% African American, 0.54% Native American, 1.87% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 2.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.25% of the population.

There were 9,867 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% 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 2.96.

In the township the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 36.2% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 6.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $50,984, and the median income for a family was $60,561. Males had a median income of $44,867 versus $30,299 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,820. About 4.4% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.


Wayne County Community College, Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center West

Auto parts maker Visteon is based in Van Buren Township.

USA Jet Airlines has its headquarters on the grounds of Willow Run Airport and in the township.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Van Buren Township, Michigan
  3. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Van Buren charter township, Wayne County, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c Rawsonville, Wayne County; Van Buren, Wayne County. 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. pp. 468, 569. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
  5. ^ Bingham, Emily (October 26, 2016). "These 11 Michigan ghost towns are eerily intriguing". Mlive Media Group. p. 3. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  6. ^ "Michigan Airline Takes Flight! Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine" USA Jet Airlines. March 31, 2009. Retrieved on July 18, 2010. "USA JET AIRLINES 2068 E Street Belleville, MI 48111."
  7. ^ "Van Buren township, Wayne County, Michigan[permanent dead link]." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on July 18, 2010.

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