(pronounced OR-ee-un) is a charter township
of Oakland County
in the U.S. state
. The population was 33,463 at the 2000 census
with a projection of 34,483 in 2006. The official motto of the township and village is "Where living is a vacation". Orion Township surrounds the much smaller Village of Lake Orion
. "Lake Orion", or the "Orion area", are often used to describe both the village and the township.
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the township has a total area of 35.9 square miles
), of which, 33.3 square miles (86.4 km²) of it is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²) of it (7.18%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 33,463 people, 12,246 households, and 8,976 families residing in the township. The population density
was 1,003.3 per square mile (387.4/km²). There were 12,837 housing units at an average density of 384.9/sq mi (148.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.42% White
, 1.26% African American
, 0.27% Native American
, 1.18% Asian
, 0.02% Pacific Islander
, 0.61% from other races
, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 2.56% of the population.
There were 12,246 households out of which 39.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the township the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 36.4% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 6.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 102.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.5 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $71,844, and the median income for a family was $83,514. Males had a median income of $61,562 versus $36,481 for females. The per capita income for the township was $30,299. About 2.0% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 and over.