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Delhi Township Demographics

Delhi Charter Township conducted a mid-decade census to document the population growth that has occurred to maximize the full potential of State Revenue Sharing dollars.  With the count concluded, the population of Delhi Charter Township as of September 25, 2006 is just over 25,000. This represents a net gain of 11 percent from the 2000 census.

The 2000 U.S. Census population for Delhi Township was 22,569 persons.  This represents a net gain of 17.6 percent in population during the previous decade.  This growth, as shown in Table 1, represents a faster growth rate than either Ingham County or the Tri-County Region as a whole.  A more significant gain occurred in Delhi Township between 1970 and 1980, which was a 24.3 percent increase over the Township's 1970 population of 13,795 persons.  This growth pattern demonstrates that Delhi continues to be a strong growth area within the Tri-County Region.

TABLE 1

STATE AND REGIONAL POPULATION TRENDS - 1990-2000

Unit

1990 Population 2000 Population Percent Change
Delhi Township 19,190 22,569 18%
Ingham County 281,912 287,353 2%
Tri-County Region 432,674 447,728 3%
State of Michigan 9,938,444 9,295,297 (6.9%)

Delhi Township is the fourth largest local jurisdiction in population size within Ingham County, following the cities of Lansing and East Lansing and Meridian Township, and the fifth largest in the Tri-County Region.  Table 2 shows the population change in several of the larger local units of government in the Region and the net growth rate for each.

TABLE 2

PERCENTAGE POPULATION GAIN OR LOSS 1990-2000
(SELECTED AREAS IN REGION)

Area Percent
Change
Net Change
Bath Township 18% 1,154
Bellevue Township 7% 206
City of Charlotte 4% 306
Delhi Township 18% 3,379
Delta Township 14% 3,553
City of DeWitt 19% 738
DeWitt Township 16% 1,695
City of East Lansing -8% (4,152)
City of Grand Ledge 3% 234
City of Lansing -6% (8,193)
City of Mason -1% (54)
Meridian Township 10% 3,472

Age

A review of the age of persons in the community shows that 28.9 percent of Delhi's population is under age eighteen.  The average for Ingham County was only 23.4 percent and the Region 24.8 percent.

In 1990, the Township had 8.1 percent of the population over 65 years and by 2000 this percentage had grown to 9.6 percent.  This trend has been typical for the Township for the past thirty years.  The older portion of the population has been growing at a faster rate.  Delhi is typical of the statewide trend since 1970 where the number of persons over 65 years of age and their percentage of the total population has increased.  Table 3 shows the percentage of population for various age brackets and Male/Female ratio.

TABLE 3

AGE AND SEX 2000

Percent of Total Population

Median Age (years)

Males per 100 Females
Under 18 years 18 to 24 years 25 to 44 years 45 to 64 years 65 years and over All ages 18 years and over
28.9 7.1 30.7 23.7 9.6 35.9 91.5 87.5

Education

There have been significant changes in the levels of education of residents in Delhi Township since 1970.  In 1970, 36.5 percent of Delhi's residents over 25 years of age had no high school diploma and only 4.4 percent had a college degree.  In 2000, 90.1 percent of the population over 25 years had at least a high school diploma and 26 percent held a college bachelors degree or higher.

Delhi Township is serviced by four public school districts.  Holt School District services the majority of the student population, but the southern portion of the Township is included inside of the Mason School District, a small portion of the west side is included within the Eaton Rapids School District, and a handful of properties on the north end are within the Lansing School District. 

Race

According to 2000 census data 93% of township residents are white, 3.6% are Hispanic or Latino, 2.4% are Black or African American, 1.2% Asian and 2.1% identified themselves as two or more races. The County and Region have both experienced a steady growth in the numbers of minority persons since 1970.

Employment

Employment has increased steadily and at a higher rate than population from 1970-2000, but slowed dramatically from 1990-2000.  Family and household median income rose from 1990 to 2000.  The median family income in 1999 was $61,837, with 3.2 percent of families at or below poverty level2.9 percent of the labor force in Delhi Township was unemployed in 2000, which was lower than that of Ingham County (5.7%) and the State (5.8%).

The top four employers located in Delhi Township are Holt Public Schools which employs 583 people, Regional Steel Distribution Center (RSDC) of Michigan, L.L.C. employs 292 people, Davenport Masonry employs 280 people and Granger Construction with 250 employees. 

Table 4 shows percent distribution by occupation for Delhi Charter Township.

TABLE 4

OCCUPATION, CIVILIANS 16 YEARS AND OVER

Percent distribution by occupation

Percent in selected industries

Percent
govern-
ment
workers
(local,
state or
federal)

Manage-
ment,
profes-
sional, and related occupa-
tions
Service
occupa-
tions
Sales
and
office occupa-
tions
Farming,
fishing
and
forestry
occupa-
tions
Con-
struction,
extraction,
and main-
tenance
occupa-
tions
Production,
trans-
portation,
and
material
moving
occupa-
tions

Agricul-
ture,
forestry,
fishing
and
hunting

Manu-
facturing

36.3 13.7 27.5 0.1 8.9 13.5 0.2 12.1 22.9

Households

In 2000, the total number of households in Delhi Township was 8,563 or 6.8 percent of Ingham County.  Single-family dwellings account for 7,316 units, 2-4 family dwellings account for 452 units and 795 units are multiple family dwellings.  In the category of female-headed households, the Township rate of 11.9 percent is lower than that of the County (12.1 percent).  Also, Township statistics show that families comprise 73.2 percent of the total households, exceeding Ingham County's 58.7 percent.  The household size in Delhi Township has decreased over time to 2.61 persons/household, but its rate is still higher than the County's 2.42 persons per household.

This page was updated September 04, 2014