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Lee Township is a General Law Township of Allegan County in the U.S. State of Michigan. The population was 4,015 at the 2010 census.

The township is rural with the population living mostly around the lakes and the unincorporated town of Pullman.  A small portion of the Allegan State Game Area is in the township and attracts campers, snowmobiles, cross-country skiers, horse trail riders, hikers, bird watchers and hunters.  Lee Township is located inland approximately 10 miles from the shores of Lake Michigan and  halfway between South Haven and Saugatuck.

Decades ago the township was home to many summer resorts, though they're now all gone, but there are still many seasonal residents living in private summer cottages. The CSX has a line that goes through in a north-south direction.  It also carries Amtrak traffic, but does not stop.  No major highways go through Lee Township.


The first settlers arrived in 1844, with lumbermen following in 1858.  The township was a portion of Pine Plains Township until 1859, when the Board of Supervisors set it off as a separate township.  It is believed to have been named for the town of Lee, Massachusetts. Early settlements were Hoppertown in 1870 and Black River Station in 1871.  On July 15, 1901 Hoppertown was renamed Pullman.  No one seems to know why the name was changed or why Pullman was chosen.  Some say it was in honor of George Pullman, the inventor of the railroad sleeping car.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 93.5 km˛ (36.1 mi˛). 91.5 km˛ (35.3 mi˛) of it is land and 2.0 km˛ (0.8 mi˛) of it (2.16%) is water.


As of the 2010 census, there were 4,015 people, 1,329 households, 1,010 families residing in the township and 1,940 housing units. The racial makeup of the township was 63.6% White, 27.9% Hispanic, 4.6% African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, and 2.6% from two or more races.

The median income for a household in the township was $41,218, and the median income for a family was $40,043. Males had a median income of $31,786 versus $24,531 for females. The per capita income for the township was $13,970. About 25% of families and 35.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.5% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those ages 65 or over.

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