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Byron Township, Michigan

Byron Township is a civil township of Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 17,553.


  • Byron Center is an unincorporated community and census-designated place at the center of the township. The Byron Center ZIP code 49315 serves most of the Byron township.
  • Carlisle or West Carlisle is an unincorporated, mostly historical locale in the township at . Carlisle was a station on the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad. A post office named "West Carlisle" operated here from March 1884 until September 1910.
  • Corinth is an unincorporated community in the southeast part of the township on the boundary with Gaines Township.
  • Cutlerville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the northeast of the township, straddling the boundary with Gaines Township.
  • North Byron is an unincorporated community near the northern boundary of the township at . It began as a settlement named "Scudderville" on Rush Creek with a station on the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway. It was named for Henry W. Scudder, a local landowner. A post office named "North Byron" operated from October 1862 to December 1879 and from March 1894 to September 1903.
  • North Dorr is a tiny hamlet straddling the boundary between Byron Township and Dorr Township in Allegan County.
  • Ross is an unincorporated, mostly historical community in the southeast part of the township at . Ross began as a depot on the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad and was first named "Ross Station". It was platted by William Thornton for William Ross in 1871. A post office was established in June 1871 with Daniel Ross as the first postmaster.
  • The city of Wyoming is to the north, and the Wyoming ZIP code 49509 serves areas in the northern part of Byron Township.
  • The cities of Grand Rapids and Kentwood are to the northeast, and the Grand Rapids/Kentwood ZIP code 49548 also serves an area in the northeast part of Byron Township.
  • The city of Grandville is to the northwest, and the Grandville ZIP code 49418 serves areas in the northwest part of Byron Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.6 square miles (94.7 km²), of which, 36.6 square miles (94.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.05%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 17,553 people, 6,454 households, and 4,711 families residing in the township. The population density was 480.1 per square mile (185.4/km²). There were 6,712 housing units at an average density of 183.6/sq mi (70.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.79% White, 1.21% African American, 0.32% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.17% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.77% of the population.

There were 6,454 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% 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 3.18.

In the township the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $49,672, and the median income for a family was $56,701. Males had a median income of $42,664 versus $26,449 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,206. About 2.5% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.


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