According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 40.9 square miles (106 km2), of which, 40.9 square miles (106 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.10%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,694 people, 2,157 households, and 1,524 families residing in the township. The population density was 188.2 people per square mile (72.7/km²). There were 2,291 housing units at an average density of 56.0/sq mi (21.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 81.06% White, 17.86% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.68% of the population.
There were 2,157 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the township the population was spread out with 17.0% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 36.7% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 159.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 174.0 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $29,747, and the median income for a family was $35,852. Males had a median income of $26,875 versus $22,531 for females. The per capita income for the township was $13,066. About 16.0% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.3% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.