Atlas Township, Michigan

Coordinates: 42°55′14″N 83°30′34″W / 42.92056°N 83.50944°W / 42.92056; -83.50944
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Atlas Township, Michigan
Location within Genesee County (red) and the administered village of Goodrich (pink)
Location within Genesee County (red) and the administered village of Goodrich (pink)
Atlas Township is located in Michigan
Atlas Township
Atlas Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Atlas Township is located in the United States
Atlas Township
Atlas Township
Atlas Township (the United States)
Coordinates: 42°55′14″N 83°30′34″W / 42.92056°N 83.50944°W / 42.92056; -83.50944
CountryUnited States
 • SupervisorShirley Kautman-Jones
 • ClerkKatherine Vick
 • TreasurerAnn Marie Moore
 • TrusteesBarry June
Patrick Major
 • Total36.0 sq mi (93.2 km2)
 • Land35.4 sq mi (91.6 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)  1.67%
846 ft (258 m)
 • Total7,993
 • Density205.2/sq mi (79.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48411 (Atlas)
48423 (Davison)
48438 (Goodrich)
48439 (Grand Blanc)
Area code810
FIPS code26-04000[1]
GNIS feature ID1625857[2]

Atlas Township is a civil township of Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2020 census, the township population was 8,352, up from 7,993 at the 2010 census.



Atlas Township was organized in 1836 as part of Lapeer County, and was one of the earliest townships in this region to receive settlers. The first settler was Asa Farrar, who, in September, 1839, purchased land on section 18 and built a log house upon it the same year. He was a brother of Pearson Farrar, who settled the same year in Grand Blanc upon an adjacent section. They came from Monroe County, New York. The first birth and the first marriage in the township occurred in Asa Farrar's family, respectively, in 1833 and 1834.[6]

In 1831, Norman Davison settled on the banks of Kearsley Creek in section 8 starting the Davisonville settlement. Soon, the settlement was the center of the township's development. The mills were built in 1833 (saw-mill) and 1836 (grist-mill).[6]

Goodrich was started in September 1835 with Moses and Enos Goodrich purchasing over one thousand acres near the center of the township and building a log cabin before fetching their family. The township was detached from Lapeer County and added to Genesee County in 1843.[6]

On October 9, 1862, a post office was opened at Kipps Corner and lasted until closed on November 6, 1871.[7]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.0 square miles (93 km2), of which 35.4 square miles (92 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (1.67%) is water.


Historical population
Source: Census Bureau.
Census 1960-[8] 2000, 2010.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,257 people, 2,442 households, and 2,053 families residing in the township. The population density was 205.2 inhabitants per square mile (79.2/km2). There were 2,554 housing units at an average density of 72.2 per square mile (27.9/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.56% White, 0.33% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.07% of the population.

There were 2,442 households, out of which 44.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.3% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.9% were non-families. 13.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the township the population was spread out, with 29.7% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 6.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $73,720, and the median income for a family was $78,349. Males had a median income of $59,213 versus $32,156 for females. The per capita income for the township was $27,960. About 2.6% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Atlas Township, Michigan
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Atlas, Michigan
  4. ^ "Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971. NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls. Records of the Post Office Department, Record Group Number 28. Washington, D.C.: National Archives". Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Map of Genesee County, Michigan. Drawn, compiled, and edited by H.F. Walling, C.E. ... Published by R.M. & S.T. Tackabury, Detroit, Mich. Entered ... 1873, by H.F. Walling ... Washington. The Claremont Manufacturing Company, Claremont, N.H., Book Manufacturers
  6. ^ a b c Wood, Edwin O. (1916). The History of Genesee, MI, Chapter V, Atlas Township. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Ellis, David M. (December 12, 1993). Michigan Postal History, The Post Offices 1805-1986. via U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Kipp's Corners Post Office (historical)
  8. ^ "1960 to 1990 Census Count by for Michigan and Subcounties" (PDF). Michigan Information Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 29, 2004.

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