Rudyard Township, Michigan

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Rudyard Township, Michigan
—  Township  —
Motto: Small But Friendly
Rudyard Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Rudyard Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 46°12′55″N 84°38′11″W / 46.21528°N 84.63639°W / 46.21528; -84.63639Coordinates: 46°12′55″N 84°38′11″W / 46.21528°N 84.63639°W / 46.21528; -84.63639
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountyChippewa
Area
 • Total90.1 sq mi (233.3 km2)
 • Land89.9 sq mi (232.8 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation676 ft (206 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total1,315
 • Density14.6/sq mi (5.6/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code49780
Area code(s)906
FIPS code26-70220[1]
GNIS feature ID1627015[2]
 
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Rudyard Township, Michigan
—  Township  —
Motto: Small But Friendly
Rudyard Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Rudyard Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 46°12′55″N 84°38′11″W / 46.21528°N 84.63639°W / 46.21528; -84.63639Coordinates: 46°12′55″N 84°38′11″W / 46.21528°N 84.63639°W / 46.21528; -84.63639
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountyChippewa
Area
 • Total90.1 sq mi (233.3 km2)
 • Land89.9 sq mi (232.8 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation676 ft (206 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total1,315
 • Density14.6/sq mi (5.6/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code49780
Area code(s)906
FIPS code26-70220[1]
GNIS feature ID1627015[2]

Rudyard Township is a civil township of Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 1,315.

Communities[edit source | edit]

Rudyard Kipling wrote back to Mr. Underwood, in reference to the naming of the towns of Rudyard and Kipling, Michigan, with the following written on the back of a photograph:

KIPLING'S MICHIGAN TWINS

"Wise is the child who knows his sire"
The ancient proverb ran
But wiser far the man who knows
How, where and when his offspring grows
For who the mischief would suppose
I've sons in Michigan?

Yet am I saved from midnight ills
That warp the soul of man
They do not make me walk the floor
Nor hammer on the doctor's door
They deal in wheat and iron-ore
My sons in Michigan

Oh! Tourist in the Pullman car
(By Cook's or Raymond's plan)
Forgive a parent's partial view
But may be you have children too
So let me introduce to you
My sons in Michigan

(Text regarding Kipling poem from the Michigan Library Bulletin, V.15 No.1, Jan-Feb, \1924, University of Michigan Libraries. Content provided by Clyde Hendrickson.)

Education[edit source | edit]

Rudyard Area Schools is a Class C school system, including the areas of nearby Trout Lake, Kincheloe, and some of Dafter.

Their Mascot is the Bulldog and their school colors are Orange and Black. They are currently part of the Straits Area Conference. While Rudyard is a Class C school, the baseball and softball teams were recently moved to Class D.

Sports Achievements

The school's Cross Country program has achieved a great deal of recent success under former coach, Alan Jarvie. The Boys' Varsity team won the U.P. Division 2 Championship during their 2009 season,[4] and finished runner-up to Stephenson during the 2010 season. The Girls' Varsity finished runner-up in 2009, and followed with their own U.P. Division 2 Championship in 2010.[5]

The Varsity Boys Baseball team recently (2007) made it to the MHSAA Semi-Finals but lost to 6-3 to Reading High School.

In 2009, the Varsity Boys Basketball team won districts (St. Ignace and Manistique) and regionals (Houghton and Gwinn), but lost in the quarterfinal game held at LSSU to Suttons Bay.

The Football team for the 09-10 season went "All Conference" with a record of 11-2.

Geography[edit source | edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 90.1 square miles (233 km2), of which, 89.9 square miles (233 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (0.18%) is water.

Demographics[edit source | edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,315 people, 491 households, and 370 families residing in the township. The population density was 14.6 per square mile (5.6/km²). There were 671 housing units at an average density of 7.5 per square mile (2.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 88.97% White, 0.30% African American, 5.48% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 4.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.13% of the population.

There were 491 households out of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the township the population was spread out with 30.7% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $37,000, and the median income for a family was $41,875. Males had a median income of $34,375 versus $20,893 for females. The per capita income for the township was $15,941. About 5.7% of families and 8.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 15.2% of those age 65 or over.

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