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Statistics and Facts of Northfield Michigan

Northfield Township was established in 1832, when the Territorial Legislature held a meeting in Detroit, and passed the resolution which brought it into existence. The name, popularly believed to refer to the fact that the township is in the northern part of the county, also points back to the New England heritage of many of its first settlers, whose practice it was to bring part of their homeland with them by naming new places after the ones they had left. Northfield Township quite possibly could be named after the New England site - - Northfield Township, Massachusetts. However, that the town is in the "northern fields" of the county must have made the name seem quite appropriate.

Land area: 36.3 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.8 sq. mi.

Population: 8,252 (60% urban, 40% rural)
Males: 4,182 (50.7%)
Females: 4,070 (49.3%)

Occupied houses/apartments: 8,118 (7,010 owner occupied, 1,108 renter occupied)
% of renters here: 14%
State: 26%

Median age of males: 35.1
Median age of females: 35.6

Average houshold size: 2.57
Average family size: 3.02

Population density: 227 people per square mile (high)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 1999:
This township: 4.1%
Whole state: 10.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 1999:
This township: 2.2%
Whole state: 4.8%

Cities in this township include: Whitmore Lake

Notable locations in this township outside city limits:
Churches in Northfield township include: Saint Patricks Church, Saint Johns Church
Cemeteries: Saint Patricks Cemetery, Green Oak Cemetery
Lakes: Tobin Lake, Wildwood Lake, Lawton Lake

Housing units in structures:
One, detached: 2,148
One, attached: 139
Two: 150
3 or 4: 29
5 to 9: 73
10 to 19: 53
20 to 49: 165
50 or more: 25

Mobile homes: 619
Median worth of mobile homes: $28,600

Housing units in Northfield township with a mortgage: 1,315 (162 second mortgage, 125 home equity loan, 9 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 304

Most common first ancestries reported in Northfield township:
German (22.2%)
Irish (10.7%)
Polish (10.4%)
English (8.5%)
United States or American (7.9%)
French (except Basque) (5.3%)
Italian (4.4%)

Means of transportation to work
Drove a car alone: 4,005 (89%)
Carpooled: 381 (8%)
Streetcar or trolley car: 7 (0%)
Ferryboat: 5 (0%)
Walked: 20 (0%)
Worked at home: 66 (1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:
Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 80
Here: 8.1%
Michigan: 11.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 17
Here: 4.5%
Michigan: 8.7%

Students in private undegraduate colleges: 32
Here: 7.3%
Michigan: 16.5%

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