East Bay Township, Michigan

Coordinates: 44°42′05″N 85°31′14″W / 44.70139°N 85.52056°W / 44.70139; -85.52056
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East Bay Township, Michigan
East Bay Charter Township
Beachfront along Grand Traverse Bay at Traverse City State Park
Location within Grand Traverse County
Location within Grand Traverse County
East Bay Township is located in Michigan
East Bay Township
East Bay Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 44°42′05″N 85°31′14″W / 44.70139°N 85.52056°W / 44.70139; -85.52056
Country United States
State Michigan
County Grand Traverse
OrganizedJanuary 1867
Named forEast Arm of Grand Traverse Bay
 • SupervisorBeth Friend
 • ClerkSusanne Courtade
 • Total42.3 sq mi (109.7 km2)
 • Land39.9 sq mi (103.4 km2)
 • Water2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)
919 ft (280 m)
 • Total11,589
 • Density248.6/sq mi (96.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49686, 49690, 49696
Area code231
FIPS code26-23800[1]
GNIS feature ID1626202[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

East Bay Charter Township is a charter township of Grand Traverse County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 11,589 at the 2020 census, up from 10,663 at the 2010 census. It is one of three charter townships in Grand Traverse County, the others being Long Lake Township and neighboring Garfield Township. East Bay Township is the second-most populous township in Northern Michigan, behind Garfield Township.

The Boardman River valley in the south of East Bay Township.

The northern portion of the township is adjacent to Traverse City and is part of that city's urban area. The southern portion remains largely rural, with many small lakes. East Bay Township is the location of Traverse City State Park.


East Bay Township was organized in January 1867.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 42.3 square miles (110 km2), of which 39.9 square miles (103 km2) is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) (5.76%) is water.

The township lies at the head of the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay, from which the township takes its name. The north of East Bay Township is heavily urbanized, while the south remains more rural, with rolling hills, dense forests, and kettle lakes. Traverse City State Park is located in the northwest of the township, along the shore of East Bay.

The Boardman River flows through the south of the township. The township is home to many lakes that are part of its watershed, including Arbutus Lake and Spider Lake.

Adjacent townships[edit]

Major highways[edit]

US Highway 31 and M-72 share a concurrency in the north of the township, paralleling the Grand Traverse Bay shoreline as a major east–west thoroughfare. Grand Traverse County Road 660 (Hammond Road) serves as another east-west local thoroughfare, also used to bypass Traverse City to the south.



Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,919 people, 3,694 households, and 2,737 families residing in the township. The population density was 248.6 inhabitants per square mile (96.0/km2). There were 4,339 housing units at an average density of 108.7 per square mile (42.0/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.31% White, 0.22% African American, 0.87% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.25% of the population.

There were 3,694 households, out of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the township the population was spread out, with 28.4% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $47,569, and the median income for a family was $54,250. Males had a median income of $34,118 versus $23,580 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,427. About 1.9% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: East Bay Township, Michigan
  3. ^ "History in Grand Traverse County, Michigan". genealogytrails.com. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  4. ^ "Geographic Names Information System". edits.nationalmap.gov. Retrieved 2023-10-17.
  5. ^ Romig, Walter (1986). Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. p. 168. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
  6. ^ Mcwhirter, Sheri. "State officials flagged homes for possible PFAS contamination eight months before telling residents". Traverse City Record-Eagle. Retrieved 2023-01-05.

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