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Burt Township Information

Burt Township is located in Alger County, Michigan. As of the 2000 Census, the Township had a total population of 480: 243 households, and 148 families residing in the township. The population density is 2.1 square miles. There are 715 housing units at an average density of 3.1 square miles. The racial makeup of the township is 97.5% white, .62% Native American and 1.88% for two or more other races.

There are 243 households out of which 13.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% are married couples living together, 5.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% are non-families. 36.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 21.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 1.98 and the average family size is 2.52.

In the township the population is spread out with 13.5% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 13.5% from 25 to 44, 36.0% from 45 to 64, and 33.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 57 years. For every 100 females there are 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 102.4 males.

The median income for a household in the township is $27,500, and the median income for a family is $32,656. Males have a median income of $30,750 versus $25,208 for females. The per capita income for the township is $18,008. 7.2% of the population and 3.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 13.6% of those under the age of 18 and 4.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Burt Township contains one small village, Grand Marais, which is centrally located between Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore and the Luce County Line on a beautiful Harbor of Refuge on Lake Superior's south shore.

The blunted point of the Grand Marais Harbor in Burt Township

Lake Superior
Lake Superior, whose Chippewa Indian name is Kitchi gami, is the largest of the Great Lakes by both surface area and volume. It is the largest freshwater lake in the world. Surface Area: 31,700 square miles. Water Volume: 2,934 cubic miles of water.
It is the deepest of the Great Lakes, about 1,335 feet, with an average depth of 500 feet
22,000 ships travel Lake Superior for the 8 navigable months of the year.
The average temperature is around a brisk 40 degrees F (4 degrees C)
In 1976, U.S. News and World Reports declared Lake Superior the cleanest of the Great Lakes.
November 11th is a bad day for Lake Superior. On that day in 1913, a storm sank 12 ships, killing 254 people. Then on that day 17 years later, in 1930, another storm disposed of 5 ships and 67 people. On the evening of November 10, 1975, the Edmund Fitzgerald, caught in a terrible storm, was last heard from and sometime that night 29 men perished with the ship.
One third of Lake Superior lies in Canada, the other two thirds lies in the U.S. It is 383 miles east to west, 160 miles north to south, and the shoreline is almost 2,800 miles long - the same distance as driving from Duluth, MN to Miami, FL!

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