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Orion Township, Michigan

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Orion Township, Michigan
Charter Township of Orion
Village of Lake Orion within Orion Township
Village of Lake Orion within Orion Township
Location within Oakland County (red) and the administered village of Lake Orion (pink)
Location within Oakland County (red) and the administered village of Lake Orion (pink)
Orion Township is located in Michigan
Orion Township
Orion Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°45′56″N 83°16′01″W / 42.76556°N 83.26694°W / 42.76556; -83.26694
CountryUnited States
 • SupervisorChris Barnett
 • Charter township35.9 sq mi (93.1 km2)
 • Land33.4 sq mi (86.4 km2)
 • Water2.6 sq mi (6.7 km2)
1,004 ft (306 m)
 • Charter township35,394
 • Density990/sq mi (380/km2)
 • Metro
4,296,250 (Metro Detroit)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48348, 48359–48362
Area code(s)248 and 947
FIPS code26-61100[1]
GNIS feature ID1626859[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

Orion Charter Township (/ˈɒriən/ ORR-ee-ən) is a charter township of Oakland County, Michigan, United States. The population was 39,816 as on July 1, 2019.[3]

The official motto of the township and village is "Where living is a vacation".[4] "Lake Orion" is often used to describe both the village and the township. The township hosts General Motors' Orion Assembly plant which produces small cars.


  • Lake Orion is an incorporated village located within Orion Township.

The Township has three unincorporated communities:

Former places include:


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.9 square miles (93 km2), of which 33.3 square miles (86 km2) is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), or 7.18%, is water.

Orion Township Is bordered to the east by Oakland Township, to the west by Independence Township, to the south by Auburn Hills and to the north by Oxford Township.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 33,463 people, 12,246 households, and 8,976 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,003.3 per square mile (387.4/km2). There were 12,837 housing units at an average density of 384.9 per square mile (148.6/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 95.42% White, 1.26% African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.56% of the population.

There were 12,246 households, out of which 39.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the township the population was spread out, with 28.5% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 36.4% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 6.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $71,844, and the median income for a family was $83,514. Males had a median income of $61,562 versus $36,481 for females. The per capita income for the township was $30,299. About 2.0% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 and over.


The majority of students attend Lake Orion Community Schools. A small portion is in the Pontiac School District. Another portion of students also attend Clarkston, Rochester and Oxford Community School Districts.[10]

St. Joseph Catholic School is located in the township.[11][12]

Notable people

This list includes people from Orion Township and the Village of Lake Orion

See also


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Orion Township, Michigan
  3. ^ US Census, US Census (July 1, 2019). "QuickFacts: Orion charter township, Oakland County, Michigan". US Census. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 31, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Orion Township Home Page". Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  5. ^ Romig 1986, p. 168.
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Orion Heights, Michigan & GNIS in Google Map
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Gingellville, Michigan & GNIS in Google Map
  8. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rudds Mill, Michigan & GNIS in Google Map
  9. ^ Romig 1986, p. 125.
  10. ^ Murray, Diana Dillaber. "Law being proposed could dissolve Pontiac schools, other struggling districts." Oakland Press. June 12, 2013. Retrieved on May 7, 2014. "Pontiac school district spreads from Pontiac into portions of seven surrounding communities including Auburn Hills, Sylvan Lake, Lake Angeles and townships of Bloomfield, Orion, Waterford and West Bloomfield."
  11. ^ "History". St. Joseph Catholic School. Retrieved 2020-05-01. 703 N. Lapeer Road, Lake Orion, Michigan 48362 - Confirm the location in Orion Township with a zoning map (despite any statements it is in Lake Orion proper the school is not).
  12. ^ "Future Land Use Map" (PDF). Orion Township. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  13. ^ Crystal Bonvillian, Cox Media Group National Content Desk. "Killer in 'Jenny Jones' gay crush murder released from prison". ajc. Retrieved 2019-04-15.
  14. ^ "Lake Orion High School - Lake Orion High School". Retrieved 2019-04-15.
  15. ^ "Matthew Dear on Being a Parent, How it Affects His Music, and Letting Go | Under the Radar - Music Magazine".
  16. ^ "feustel-aj.pdf" (PDF).
  17. ^ "Tom Gillis PGA TOUR Champions Profile - News, Stats, and Videos". PGATour. Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  18. ^ Workman, Karen (April 12, 2009). "New GM leader has roots in Lake Orion". The Oakland Press. Archived from the original on June 21, 2019.
  19. ^ Szczesny, Joseph; Phillips, Dave; Burnstein, Scott; Gutc, Jacquelyn (July 30, 2011). "SCENE OF THE CRIME: Jimmy Hoffa disappearance still a mystery after 36 years". The Oakland Press. Archived from the original on June 21, 2019.
  20. ^ Trost, Cathy (July 31, 1980). "5 Years After the Fact, Hoffa's Disappearance Still Baffles Probers". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  21. ^ "Jamie Milam at". Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  22. ^ "Troy Milam Stats and News". Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  23. ^ "Honor the Fallen: Marine Staff Sgt. Raymond J. Plouhar". Military Times. Sightline Media Group. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  24. ^ Peters, Meg (April 15, 2015). "It's a race to see the details in Scripps Mansion's mission". Oxford Leader. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  25. ^ "Law Offices of Rich Strenger". Strenger Law. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  26. ^ "Cynthia Watros".
  • Romig, Walter (October 1, 1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities. Great Lakes Books Series (Paperback). Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.

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