Summit Township, Mason County, Michigan

Summit Township is a civil township of Mason County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,021 at the 2000 census.

Summit Township, Michigan
Location within Mason County
Summit Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 43°50′52″N 86°24′54″W
CountryUnited States
  SupervisorWayne Kelly
  Total14.3 sq mi (37.1 km2)
  Land12.9 sq mi (33.3 km2)
  Water1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)
669 ft (204 m)
  Density79.4/sq mi (30.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49431, 49449
Area code(s)231
FIPS code26-77220[1]
GNIS feature ID1627136[2]
WebsiteOfficial website


Summit Township was organized in 1860.[3] Some say Summit Township was named from its lofty elevation, while others believe it was named from the optimistic spirit of its organizers.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 14.3 square miles (37 km2), of which 12.9 square miles (33 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (10.13%) is water.


  • Fairview in an unincorporated community in the township. It had a post office from 1860 until 1876.[5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,021 people, 398 households, and 308 families residing in the township. The population density was 79.4 per square mile (30.7/km²). There were 790 housing units at an average density of 61.4 per square mile (23.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.36% White, 0.10% African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.88% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.35% of the population.

There were 398 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.6% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.4% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 21.6% from 25 to 44, 29.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $44,432, and the median income for a family was $50,000. Males had a median income of $35,875 versus $23,625 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,335. About 1.0% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.8% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.



  1. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Summit Township, Mason County, Michigan
  3. "Farm Bureau Shows History of County By Parade at Fairgrounds". Ludington Daily News. August 28, 1937. p. 8. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  4. "Focus on our history: How county was named". Ludington Daily News. October 3, 1987. p. 2. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  5. Romig 1986, p. 190.


  • 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 978-0814318386.
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