Hampton Charter Township is a charter township of Bay County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The township’s population was 9,652 as of the 2010 Census and is included in the Bay City Metropolitan Statistical Area. Hampton Township was organized on April 29, 1857, along with Williams Township when Bay County was formed from part of old Saginaw County. As the two townships gained population, they were partitioned to form other townships which reduced them in area. The settlement of Lower Saginaw eventually separated from the township as Bay City. Essexville was incorporated as a village within the township in 1883 and was separated from the township as a city in 1934.
In 2016, Consumers Energy closed its Weadock Generating Plant in Hampton. While the company indicated in early 2018 that two coal units at Karn Generating Complex, also in Hampton, will close by 2023. Thus the township expects revenue decreases and look for cost savings. After a public safety committee was formed and a town hall meeting was held, the township’s Board of Trustees on October 1, 2018 voted to merged its police and fire departments.According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 32.5 square miles (84 km2), of which 27.0 square miles (70 km2) is land and 5.5 square miles (14 km2) (16.82%) is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 9,902 people, 4,137 households, and 2,610 families residing in the township. The population density was 366.0 per square mile (141.3/km2).
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