Orion Township, Michigan

Orion Charter Township (/ˈɒriən/ ORR-ee-ən) is a charter township of Oakland County, Michigan, United States. The population was 35,394 at the 2010 census.[3]

Orion Township, Michigan
Charter Township of Orion
Village of Lake Orion within Orion Township
Location within Oakland County (red) and the administered village of Lake Orion (pink)
Orion Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°45′56″N 83°16′01″W
CountryUnited States
  SupervisorChris Barnett
  Charter township35.9 sq mi (93.1 km2)
  Land33.4 sq mi (86.4 km2)
  Water2.6 sq mi (6.7 km2)
1,004 ft (306 m)
  Charter township35,394
  Density990/sq mi (380/km2)
4,296,250 (Metro Detroit)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48348, 48359–48362
Area code(s)248 and 947
FIPS code26-61100[1]
GNIS feature ID1626859[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

The official motto of the township and village is "Where living is a vacation".[4] "Lake Orion" is often used to describe both the village and the township. The area hosts General Motors' Orion Assembly plant which produces small cars.


  • Lake Orion is an incorporated village located within Orion Township.

The Township has three unincorporated communities:

  • Eames began as a station on the railroad in 1874. It was given a post office in 1883.[5]
  • Lake Orion Heights is located between Lake Orion, Square Lake and Elkhorn Lake(42°46′13″N 83°15′51″W Elevation: 1007 ft./307 m.).[6]
  • Gingellville, also Gingleville, is located at Baldwin and Gregory Roads (42°43′18″N 83°18′28″W Elevation: 1017 ft./310 m.).[7]

Former places include:

  • Rudds Mill (also known as Rudds Station) is located at Kern and Clarkston Roads (42°46′04″N 83°13′06″W Elevation: 945 ft./288 m.).[8]
  • Cole was a station on the Pontiac, Oxford and Northern Railroad. It had a post office from 1884 until 1907.[9]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.9 square miles (93 km2), of which 33.3 square miles (86 km2) is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), or 7.18%, is water.

Orion Township Is bordered to the east by Oakland Township, to the west by Independence Township, to the south by Auburn Hills and to the north by Oxford Township.


As of the census[1] 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 per square mile (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 or Latino 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.


The majority of students attend Lake Orion Community Schools. A small portion is in the Pontiac School District. Another portion of students also attend Clarkston, Rochester Community, and Oxford Community School Districts.[10]

Notable people

This list includes people from Orion Township and the Village of Lake Orion

See also


  1. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Orion Township, Michigan
  3. "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Orion charter township, Oakland County, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  4. "Orion Township Home Page". Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  5. Romig 1986, p. 168.
  6. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Orion Heights, Michigan & GNIS in Google Map
  7. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Gingellville, Michigan & GNIS in Google Map
  8. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rudds Mill, Michigan & GNIS in Google Map
  9. Romig 1986, p. 125.
  10. Murray, Diana Dillaber. "Law being proposed could dissolve Pontiac schools, other struggling districts." Oakland Press. June 12, 2013. Retrieved on May 7, 2014. "Pontiac school district spreads from Pontiac into portions of seven surrounding communities including Auburn Hills, Sylvan Lake, Lake Angeles and townships of Bloomfield, Orion, Waterford and West Bloomfield."
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  14. Workman, Karen (April 12, 2009). "New GM leader has roots in Lake Orion". The Oakland Press. Archived from the original on June 21, 2019.
  15. Szczesny, Joseph; Phillips, Dave; Burnstein, Scott; Gutc, Jacquelyn (July 30, 2011). "SCENE OF THE CRIME: Jimmy Hoffa disappearance still a mystery after 36 years". The Oakland Press. Archived from the original on June 21, 2019.
  16. Trost, Cathy (July 31, 1980). "5 Years After the Fact, Hoffa's Disappearance Still Baffles Probers". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  17. "Jamie Milam at eliteprospects.com". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  18. "Troy Milam Stats and News". NHL.com. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  19. "Honor the Fallen: Marine Staff Sgt. Raymond J. Plouhar". Military Times. Sightline Media Group. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  20. Peters, Meg (April 15, 2015). "It's a race to see the details in Scripps Mansion's mission". Oxford Leader. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  21. "Law Offices of Rich Strenger". Strenger Law. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  22. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0914475/
  • 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. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
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