Bath Township, Michigan

Bath Township, Michigan

Bath Charter Township
Charter township
Bath Charter Township is located in Michigan
Bath Charter Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Clinton
Settled 1836
Organized 1839
 • Type Supervisor-Board of Trustees
 • Supervisor Paula Clark
 • Superintendent Dan Wietecha
 • Total 35.0 sq mi (91 km2)
 • Land 31.8 sq mi (82 km2)
 • Water 3.2 sq mi (8 km2)
Elevation 856 ft (261 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 11,598
 • Density 331.0/sq mi (127.8/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48808
Area code(s) 517
FIPS code 26-05900[1]
GNIS feature ID 1625889[2]

Bath Charter Township is a charter township of Clinton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 11,598, an increase from 7,541 in 2000. It is situated directly north of the city of East Lansing.


  • Communities 1
  • History 2
  • Geography 3
  • Demographics 4
    • 2010 4.1
    • 2000 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6



Bath Township was originally organized in 1839 as Ossowa Township, having been split off from DeWitt Township by an act of the governor. It was renamed Bath Township in 1843 after Bath, New York.

Park Lake at the southern edge of the township was the source of the Park Lake Trail, an important Native American trailway that intersected the Okemah Trail in what later became the city of East Lansing, Michigan. Park Lake developed into a regional recreation destination for the growing Lansing, Michigan population after the Michigan State Capital was relocated to Lansing in 1847 and the Michigan Agricultural College was established in East Lansing, Michigan in 1855. By the early 1900s Park Lake was surrounded by summer camps affiliated with various churches and associations as well as seasonal cabins and lodges. The most ambitious of these was the Park Lake Resort which featured a large dance pavilion built over the water on pilings. The Park Lake Dance Pavilion served as an entertainment venue playing host to many famous acts such as Tommy Dorsey until it burned down in the 1930s. Years of decline followed and Park Lake never regained its former regional popularity.

Bath Township was the scene of the Bath School disaster, which is the deadliest act of mass murder in a school in United States history. It claimed more than three times as many victims as the Columbine High School massacre, half-again as many victims as the Virginia Tech and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. It was the worst act of domestic terrorism in the United States until the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.0 square miles (91 km2), of which 31.8 square miles (82 km2) is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) (10.0%) is water.



As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 11,598 people, 4,697 households, and 2,596 families residing in the township. The population density was 364.3 per square mile (140.6/km²). There were 5,106 housing units at an average density of 160.4 per square mile (61.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 87.5% White, 5.2% African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.6% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.


There were 2,799 households out of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the township the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $53,881, and the median income for a family was $58,825. Males had a median income of $43,548 versus $31,056 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,675. About 3.8% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bath Township, Michigan
  3. ^ "Population Estimates".  

External links

  • Official Website of Bath Charter Township