Owosso Township, Michigan
Owosso Charter Township
Location within Shiawassee County
Owosso Township
Owosso Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°59′51″N 84°12′38″W / 42.99750°N 84.21056°W / 42.99750; -84.21056Coordinates: 42°59′51″N 84°12′38″W / 42.99750°N 84.21056°W / 42.99750; -84.21056
CountryUnited States
 • SupervisorSteve Schweikert
 • ClerkPat Skvarenina
 • TreasurerJune Cudney
 • Total32.15 sq mi (83.3 km2)
 • Land31.61 sq mi (81.9 km2)
 • Water0.74 sq mi (1.9 km2)
768 ft (234 m)
 • Total4,821
 • Density152.5/sq mi (58.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48866 (Ovid)
48867 (Owosso)
Area code(s)989
FIPS code26-61960[2]
GNIS feature ID1626876[3]
WebsiteOfficial website

Owosso Township, formally named Owosso Charter Township, is a charter township of Shiawassee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,821 at the 2010 census.[4] The township borders the city of Owosso on the east, but the two are administered autonomously.



In 1835, the township received its first settlers, Elias Comstock, Kilburn Bedell and Lewis Findley, Bedell's father-in-law. The first building at Big Rapids was built in 1836.[11] The township's name sake is the American Indian Chief Wasso. Wasso and his tribe was moved from this area by the US under the 1836 treaty to a reservation.[12] A post office was established at Big Rapids on November 4, 1838 with the name Owasso with postmaster Daniel Ball. In 1838, Big Rapids/Owasso was platted by Daniel Gould for the owners, Williams.[11]

Shiawassee County was organized as a single township with the same name on March 23, 1836. Owosso Township was split off from Shiawassee Township taking the northern half of the county which was eight township survey areas on March 11, 1837. On March 21, 1839, Middlebury and Fairfield township areas were split off from Owosso as Middlebury Township, while the survey area 7 north range 4 east was detached from the township and added to Vernon Township. On the following day, Caledonia was detached short 5 section from the full township survey area. On February 16, 1842, the missing section were transferred to Caledonia to make it a whole survey area.[13]

By 1844, the spelling Owosso for the community came into use.[12] The organizational act of March 20, 1848 formed New Haven Township, consisting of New Haven and Hazelton survey areas, from the township's territory. On March 28, 1950, Rush township was created out the township's northern township survey area leaving the township with a single survey area.[13] In 1859, Owosso was incorporated as a city.[12]

Before January 22, 1864, the Detroit and Milwaukee Railroad came through the township's west side and a station, Mungerville, opened there. On that date, a post office opened there with the same name under postmaster Philander Munger. The Mungerville post office changed its name on May 4, 1878 to Burton.[5] The Owasso post office officially changed to the newer spelling on June 8, 1875.[12]

On January 31, 1936, the Burton post office was closed.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 32.15 square miles (83.27 km2), of which 31.61 square miles (81.87 km2) is land and 0.74 square miles (1.9 km2) (2.30%) is water.[4]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,670 people, 1,816 households, and 1,334 families residing in the township. The population density was 144.3 per square mile (55.7/km2). There were 1,898 housing units at an average density of 58.6 per square mile (22.6/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.73% White, 0.15% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.35% of the population.

There were 1,816 households, out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.9% 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 2.99.

In the township the population was spread out, with 24.8% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $41,500, and the median income for a family was $46,863. Males had a median income of $40,778 versus $21,560 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,772. About 3.1% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.6% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.





  1. ^ "Owosso Chtr. Twp., Shiawassee Co". www.michigantownships.org. Michigan Townships Association. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Owosso Township, Michigan
  4. ^ a b "Michigan: 2010 Population and Housing Unit Counts 2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). 2010 United States Census. United States Census Bureau. September 2012. p. 42 Michigan. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Ghost towns and post offices of Shiawassee County". The Argus-Press. September 15, 2000. p. 3. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Burton, Shiawassee County, Michigan
  7. ^ a b c SHIAWASSEE County Map. J. Shively. State of Michigan Department of Information Technology Technology Center for Genographic Information. September 2007.
  8. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Five Points, Michigan
  9. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Smith Crossing, Michigan
  10. ^ "Wolf Crossing, Michigan". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  11. ^ a b Romig, Walter (1986). Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities. Wayne State University Press. p. 89. ISBN 9780814318386. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  12. ^ a b c d Romig, Walter (1986). Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities. Wayne State University Press. p. 424. ISBN 9780814318386. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  13. ^ a b Epstein, Michael (July 1, 1986). "County Also Marks 150". The Argus-Press. pp. F11. Retrieved 4 May 2015.