The City of Northville is adjacent to the northern part of the township but is administratively autonomous. Portions of Northville Township were incorporated into the Village of Northville, which later incorporated as the City of Northville.
The Charter Township of Northville is a vibrant, safe and attractive community. The perfect place to live, work and play!
Northville Township was established in 1898 and became a Charter Township in 1985. What was once a quaint farming region is today a thriving residential and business community. Throughout our community, signs of our rural heritage still exist, including rambling farm houses on unpaved roads, traditional neighborhoods and an open landscape. Today, Northville Township's master plan allows for planned growth that preserves wooded areas and open space, and protect our waterways.
History & Demographics
While the village of Northville developed within the borders of Plymouth Township from the 1820s, Northville Township itself did not exist until 1898. At that time, local residents, allegedly feeling slighted by Plymouth Township officials being more focused on Plymouth Village, decided to split off into a separate township. In this way, the former Plymouth "SuperTownship" (which formerly included all of Canton, Plymouth, and Northville Townships) became split into Plymouth Township and Northville Township.
Northville Township later became a charter township in 1985.
As of the census of 2000, there were 21,036 people, 8,119 households, and 5,569 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,278.5 per square mile. There were 8,480 housing units at an average density of 515.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the township was 89.31% White, 4.39% African American, 0.28% Native American, 4.30% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.77% of the population.