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Torch Lake township, MI map Land area: 80.1 sq. mi.
Water area: 12.9 sq. mi.
Population: 1,860 (all rural)
Males: 912  (49.0%)
Females: 948  (51.0%)

Occupied houses/apartments: 1,777 (1,566 owner occupied, 211 renter occupied)
% of renters here:

12%
State:

26%


Races in Torch Lake township:

  • White Non-Hispanic: 98.7%
  • Black: 0.4%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1%
  • Asian: 0.1%
  • Two or more races: 0.4%
  • Some other race: 0.1%

Median age of males: 44.3
Median age of females: 45.3

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Average household size: 2.40

Torch Lake township:

2.4 people
Michigan:

2.6 people

Average family size: 2.86

Estimated median household income in 2009: $36,365 ($35,893 in 1999)
This township:

$36,365
Michigan:

$45,255

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $366 (lower quartile is $301, upper quartile is $442)
Here:

$366
State:

$591

Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $103,862 (it was $79,200 in 2000)
Torch Lake township:

$103,862
Michigan:

$132,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $49,535 - $200,486

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $148,375
Here:

$148,375
State:

$168,888

Townhouses or other attached units: $119,641
Here:

$119,641
State:

$147,658

In 2-unit structures: $132,425
Here:

$132,425
State:

$101,322

Mobile homes: $92,225
Here:

$92,225
State:

$39,606
Population density: 23 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This township:

9.8%
Whole state:

10.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This township:

2.3%
Whole state:

4.8%

Cities in this township include: Hubbell.


Click to draw/clear Torch Lake township borders

Notable locations in this township outside city limits:

Notable locations in Torch Lake township: Lepisto Marine Ramp (A), Minneyata Camp (B), Houghton County Historical Museum (C), Bootjack Fire and Rescue Department (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Torch Lake township: Lake Linden United Methodist Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Jacobsville Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes and swamps: Rice Lake (A), Portage Lake (B), Little Rice Lake (C), Mud Lake (D), Stone Quarry Lake (E), Torch Lake (F), Bushel Swamp (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Big Creek (A), Lahti Creek (B), Le Chance Creek (C), Silver Creek (D), Lovell Creek (E), McCallum Creek (F), Dubuque Creek (G), Mud Lake Creek (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Torch Lake township include: Jacobsville Historical Marker (1), Finnish Lutheran Church Historical Marker (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Number of foreign born residents: 27 (85% naturalized citizens)

Torch Lake township:  1.5%
State:  5.3%

65% of Torch Lake township residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 58% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 52% lived in Michigan.

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 1605
  • Northeast: 25
  • Midwest: 140
  • South: 34
  • West: 61

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $33,800

Torch Lake township, Michigan satellite photo by USGS

Percentage of households with unmarried partners: 4.6%

No gay or lesbian households reported

People in group quarters in Torch Lake township, Michigan:

  • 64 people in nursing homes
  • 13 people in other group homes
  • 6 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 1,323
  • One, attached: 15
  • Two: 14
  • 3 or 4: 6
  • 5 to 9: 10
  • 10 to 19: 12
  • Mobile homes: 130
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 13

Median worth of mobile homes: $46,300


Housing units in Torch Lake township with a mortgage: 255 (15 second mortgage, 23 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 246

Year house built

  • 1999 to March 2000: 43
  • 1995 to 1998: 98
  • 1990 to 1994: 113
  • 1980 to 1989: 200
  • 1970 to 1979: 235
  • 1960 to 1969: 140
  • 1950 to 1959: 85
  • 1940 to 1949: 151
  • 1939 or earlier: 458

Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Torch Lake township, Michigan:

  • 1 room: 5
  • 2 rooms: 6
  • 3 rooms: 20
  • 4 rooms: 80
  • 5 rooms: 129
  • 6 rooms: 173
  • 7 rooms: 118
  • 8 rooms: 72
  • 9 or more rooms: 49

Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Torch Lake township, Michigan:

  • 1 room: 3
  • 2 rooms: 4
  • 3 rooms: 13
  • 4 rooms: 15
  • 5 rooms: 25
  • 6 rooms: 23
  • 7 rooms: 7
  • 8 rooms: 2
  • 9 or more rooms: 0

Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in Torch Lake township:

  • no bedroom: 5
  • 1 bedroom: 33
  • 2 bedrooms: 145
  • 3 bedrooms: 356
  • 4 bedrooms: 93
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 20

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Torch Lake township:

  • no bedroom: 3
  • 1 bedroom: 20
  • 2 bedrooms: 28
  • 3 bedrooms: 38
  • 4 bedrooms: 3
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 0

Cars and other vehicles available in Torch Lake township in owner-occupied houses/condos:

  • no vehicle: 21
  • 1 vehicle: 180
  • 2 vehicles: 298
  • 3 vehicles: 123
  • 4 vehicles: 27
  • 5 or more vehicles: 3

Cars and other vehicles available in Torch Lake township in renter-occupied apartments

  • no vehicle: 6
  • 1 vehicle: 54
  • 2 vehicles: 25
  • 3 vehicles: 4
  • 4 vehicles: 3
  • 5 or more vehicles: 0

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

Most common industries for males (%):



  • Construction (16%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Health care (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Wood products (4%)

Most common industries for females (%):



  • Health care (29%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)

Most common occupations for males (%)



  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)

Most common occupations for females (%)



  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (11%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers except personal appearance, transportation, and child care workers (4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)

Class of Workers

Most common first ancestries reported in Torch Lake township:

  • Finnish (28.3%)
  • French (except Basque) (17.0%)
  • German (12.6%)
  • Italian (7.7%)
  • English (6.9%)
  • French Canadian (6.9%)
  • Irish (3.6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents:

  • Austria (33%)
  • Germany (19%)
  • Other Northern Europe (11%)
  • India (11%)
  • Russia (7%)
  • Other Eastern Europe (7%)
  • Other Australian and New Zealand Subregion (7%)

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 628 (79%)
  • Carpooled: 87 (11%)
  • Bicycle: 3 (0%)
  • Walked: 23 (3%)
  • Worked at home: 54 (7%)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (37%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (25%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (21%)
  • Wood (11%)
  • Electricity (6%)

People in group quarters in Torch Lake township, Michigan:

  • 64 people in nursing homes
  • 13 people in other group homes
  • 6 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

95.2% of residents of Torch Lake township speak English at home.
0.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (71% speak English very well, 29% speak English well).
1.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
2.4% of residents speak other language at home (72% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).

Household type by relationship:

Households: 1,808
  • In family households: 1,553 (440 male householders, 82 female householders)
    422 spouses, 533 children (484 natural, 14 adopted, 35 stepchildren), 9 grandchildren, 16 brothers or sisters, 9 parents, 4 other relatives, 38 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 255 (109 male householders (94 living alone)), 108 female householders (95 living alone)), 38 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 88 (69 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 250 2-persons, 114 3-persons, 88 4-persons, 54 5-persons, 9 6-persons, 7 7-or-more-persons,

Size of nonfamily households: 189 1-person, 22 2-persons, 4 3-persons, 2 4-persons,

321 married couples with children.
74 single-parent households (28 men, 46 women).


Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 7
Here:

3.2%
Michigan:

11.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 6
Here:

6.1%
Michigan:

8.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 5
Here:

12.2%
Michigan:

16.5%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Year Householders Moved Into Unit in Torch Lake township:

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