Holly Township, Michigan
Holly Township Hall in the village of Holly
"Up North in Oakland County"
|• Supervisor||Gregg Kullis|
|• Civil township||36.6 sq mi (94.9 km2)|
|• Land||34.8 sq mi (90.2 km2)|
|• Water||1.8 sq mi (4.7 km2)|
|Elevation||922 ft (281 m)|
|• Civil township||11,362|
|• Density||310/sq mi (120/km2)|
|• Metro||4,296,250 (Metro Detroit)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||248 and 810|
|GNIS feature ID||1626480|
In addition to the incorporated village in the Township, there are two unincorporated communities within the Township:
Holly was the last of Oakland County's townships to be organized. It was organized on 6 March 1838.
Holly's oldest cemetery, Oak Hill Cemetery, was established around Holly's incorporation as a Township. There are veterans from every major war interred at Oak Hill, dating back to the Revolutionary War. Many of the founding families of the Holly area are also buried at Oak Hill, as well as Holly's historic 'sister cemetery', Lakeside Cemetery.
Around 1900 Holly reached the pinnacle of socioeconomic growth. Having taken full advantage of the booming rail industry, Holly found itself at the hub of rail transit between Flint, Pontiac and Saginaw, as well as east-west transit from Lansing to Port Huron. To this day trains have a profound effect on Holly's economy and social life.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.6 square miles (95 km2), of which 34.8 square miles (90 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), or 4.91%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,037 people, 3,733 households, and 2,639 families residing in the township. The population density was 288.2 per square mile (111.3/km²). There were 3,926 housing units at an average density of 112.7 per square mile (43.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.51% White, 2.20% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.83% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.88% of the population.
There were 3,733 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the township the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 33.9% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $52,865, and the median income for a family was $60,783. Males had a median income of $46,943 versus $28,535 for females. The per capita income for the township was $22,370. About 4.6% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.
Holly Township is also home to the Great Lakes National Cemetery. Accessible recreation areas include Seven Lakes State Park, Holly Recreation Area, Groveland Oaks, Rose Oaks, Lakeside Park, Ganshaw Park and Holdridge Lakes Mountain Bike Trails.
Those looking for campgrounds may find outdoor locations provided by KOA, Seven Lakes State Park and Groveland Oaks. Popular events for campers include Holly's regionally accredited Independence Day Celebration and Michigan Renaissance Festival.
Holly Township is served by the Tri-County Times for print news.