is a civil township
of Berrien County
in the U.S. state
, a few miles southeast of the city of St. Joseph
. The population was 3,888 at the 2000 census
. There are no incorporated municipalities in the township, but portions are considered to be part of the Benton Harbor
/St. Joseph urban area. The unincorporated communities of Hollywood
, and Buckhorn
are within the township.
Royalton township was organized in 1835 and originally included portions of Lincoln Charter Township, Sodus Township, and St. Joseph Charter Township.
Lincoln Charter Township
lies directly to the west. St. Joseph Charter Township
is to the northwest. The St. Joseph River
forms the eastern boundary of the township. Sodus Township
lies across the river. Oronoko Charter Township
lies to the south and Baroda Township
to the southwest.
M-139, which had been designated as US 31 until August 2003 runs northwest-southeast through the township. US 31 is still accessible from the southern terminus of M-139, now a junction with US 31. I-94 and M-63 are accessible in the northwest of the township.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 18.5 square miles (47.9 km²), of which, 18.1 square miles (46.8 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (2.38%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 3,888 people, 1,299 households, and 1,084 families residing in the township. The population density
was 215.2 per square mile (83.1/km²). There were 1,366 housing units at an average density of 75.6/sq mi (29.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 93.29% White
, 2.03% African American
, 0.15% Native American
, 2.44% Asian
, 1.34% from other races
, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 3.42% of the population.
There were 1,299 households out of which 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.8% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 14.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the township the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.4 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $69,375, and the median income for a family was $76,295. Males had a median income of $50,833 versus $28,750 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,926. About 7.6% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 27.5% of those age 65 or over.
Police protection in Royalton Township is provided by the Berrien County Sheriff's Department and Michigan State Police, although in the event of a priority dispatch, assistance is sometimes offered by nearby municipal police forces including Lincoln Charter Township PD, Baroda/Lake Township PD, Saint Joseph Charter Township PD, and Berrien Springs/Oronoko Township PD, depending on circumstances of the call, location within the township, and availability of State or County police units. Emergency Medical Services are provided by Medic1 Community Ambulance Service. Fire Protection is provided by Royalton Township Fire Department. This department offers full rescue and extrication capabilities, and took delivery in late 2007 of a new rescue/pumper apparatus, designated "1771", from Spencer Manufacturing of South Haven, Michigan.