Local Township One of Fastest Growing in Michigan

Isabella County’s Union Township is one of two of the fastest growing townships in Michigan.

In one year, more than 600 people moved in.

Macomb Township in Macomb County had the biggest population gain in 2014, with 5,115 new residents.

However, the state’s largest city saw population loss. From 2013 to 2014, Detroit lost 6,424 people, or one percent of the population.

But Michigan overall is growing. The state’s total population is just over 9.9 million.

“I’m really glad that finally somebody’s noticed how much Union township is moving ahead,” Union Township Supervisor Russ Alwood said.

And now the numbers prove it. Union Township is one of the fastest growing communities in Michigan.

“I think we’ve had over 600 people come in. Five point four percent of the population growth that we’ve had. I think it’s really been good.”

The population grew by 56 from 2010 to 2011, but decreased slightly the following two years. Then it shot up from 12,912 in 2013 to 13,588 in 2014.

“It’s because I think we have a good economic base here. We got a good manufacturing, we got a good CMU, and plus we got the tribal casino on the reservation, and we got a good oil business that brings people in from all over the country.”

Mary Moss owns River Run General Store.

A place where many of the locals go — and lately, she’s noticing a lot more new faces and families.

“When a neighbor gets a new neighbor coming in they get a gift certificate for here. That’s kind of like their local gift certificate thing. A lady just had a baby a family just had a baby and she goes you know how you’re so tired? She comes down and goes you got a gift certificate to give to her and then she comes here or I deliver pizza.”

Part of the allure of this growing town for Moss is it still feels small and cozy.

“I just love seeing all the people come in and meeting each other and it kind of reminds you of another time. It’s kind of rare and this is here.”