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Sandstone Charter Township, Michigan
—  Charter township  —
Sandstone Charter Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Sandstone Charter Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°17′12″N 84°32′36″W / 42.28667°N 84.54333°W / 42.28667; -84.54333
Country United States
State Michigan
County Jackson
 - Total 36.3 sq mi (94.1 km2)
 - Land 36.3 sq mi (94.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 991 ft (302 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 3,801
 - Density 104.8/sq mi (40.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-71500[1]
GNIS feature ID 1627041[2]

Sandstone Charter Township is a charter township of Jackson County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is west of Jackson and north of Spring Arbor Township. As of the 2000 census, the population was 3,801.

The eastern half of the Village of Parma is in section 31, in the southwest portion of the charter township.



There are three school districts in the township. They are:


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.3 square miles (94.1 km²), of which, 36.3 square miles (94.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.11%) is water.

The entire territory encompasses the T2S R2W survey township.


Sandstone is a Charter Township, incorporated under the Charter Township Act of 1947 and governed by a Township Board, consisting of a Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer and four Trustees. The members of the Board are currently:

  • Supervisor: Keith Acker, (Republican)
  • Clerk: Priscilla Sutliff, (Republican)
  • Treasurer: Theresa Taylor, (Republican)
  • Trustees: Cheryl Marks, William Paulis, Rosalyn Thompson, and James Wellman (all Republican)


Originally part of Spring Arbor Township, Sandstone was established in 1837 by act of the State Legislature. It incorporated as a charter township in 2000 after rapid commercial and industrial development and the need for expanded municipal powers. One major development includes Michigan Automotive Compressors, Inc. (MACI), which produces parts for the automotive industry and employs several hundred members of the community.

Sandstone Station is a former railroad stop along the current Norfolk Southern Railway/Amtrak line between Jackson and Albion. The station building is located at the intersection of Sandstone Road and Michigan Avenue (formerly U.S. Highway 12).


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,801 people, 1,321 households, and 1,051 families residing in the township. The population density was 104.8 per square mile (40.5/km²). There were 1,358 housing units at an average density of 37.4/sq mi (14.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.40% White, 0.50% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

There were 1,321 households out of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.2% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.4% were non-families. 17.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the township the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $50,396, and the median income for a family was $53,594. Males had a median income of $40,175 versus $26,985 for females. The per capita income for the township was $22,622. About 4.3% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.


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