Ada Township, Michigan

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Ada Township, Michigan
Township
Ada Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Ada Township, Michigan
Ada Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°58′31″N 85°29′30″W / 42.97528°N 85.49167°W / 42.97528; -85.49167
Country United States
State Michigan
County Kent
Area
 • Total 37.0 sq mi (95.9 km2)
 • Land 36.1 sq mi (93.4 km2)
 • Water 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)
Elevation 758 ft (231 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 9,882
 • Density 273.9/sq mi (105.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49301
Area code(s) 616
FIPS code 26-00240[1]
GNIS feature ID 1625798[2]
Street scene in the village

Ada Township (/ˈdə/) is a General Law Township within Kent County, Michigan in the U.S. state of [[America]. Developed around a fur trading post of the late 18th century, since the 20th century, the township has become an upscale suburb of Grand Rapids. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 13,142. Ada is the corporate home of Alticor and its subsidiary companies Quixtar and Amway.

Communities[edit]

The Ada ZIP code, 49301, serves most of the township as well as much of eastern Cascade Township to the south, the northwest corner of Lowell Township to the southeast, small areas of western Vergennes Township to the east, the southwest corner of Grattan Township to the northeast, much of southern Cannon Township to the north, and a small area of eastern Grand Rapids Charter Township to the west.[4] In addition to 49301, the Ada ZIP codes 49355, 49356, 49357 are assigned to specific organizations.

  • The city of Grand Rapids is to the west, and the 49525 ZIP code for Grand Rapids, serves a small area in the northwest corner of the township.[5] The 49546 ZIP code for Grand Rapids serves the southwestern portion of the township.[6]
  • Lowell is to the east and the 49331 ZIP code for Lowell serves a small area in the eastern part of the township and in the southeast along the Grand River.[7]
The Ada Covered Bridge in the village, across the Thornapple River, dates to the 1860s

History[edit]

The township traces its history to 1821, when Rix Robinson obtained a French-Canadian trading post at the junction of the Grand and Thornapple Rivers from Madeline La Framboise on behalf of John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company. Land north of the Grand River was not available for purchase by white settlers until the 1836 Treaty of Washington.

There are conflicting reports concerning when the township was organized. Information provided by the township web site indicate that Robinson was elected as the Township's first Supervisor. However, other sources indicate it was organized on April 2, 1838, and that Sydney Smith was elected the first Supervisor and that Robinson was the second, elected in 1841 and again in 1844. A village was platted in 1858 at the mouth of the Thornapple River, but it developed slowly and never incorporated.

The Grand River and hills on the N side of the river

The Ada covered bridge was constructed across the Thornapple in 1867. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is one of nine covered bridges that remain standing in the state.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 37.0 square miles (96 km2), of which, 36.1 square miles (93 km2) of it is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it (2.59%) is water.

In addition to its two rivers (the Grand and the Thornapple), numerous streams and meadows, Ada Township is best known for its lush, rolling, woodland terrain. The local school district is called Forest Hills.

Dam across the Thornapple River

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,882 people, 3,263 households, and 2,802 families residing in the township. The population density was 273.9 per square mile (105.8/km²). There were 3,384 housing units at an average density of 93.8 per square mile (36.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.57% White, 0.47% African American, 0.16% Native American, 2.35% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.07% of the population.

There were 3,263 households out of which 47.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.7% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.1% were non-families. 11.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the township the population was spread out with 32.6% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $83,357, and the median income for a family was $87,972. Males had a median income of $61,795 versus $36,288 for females. The per capita income for the township was $37,840. About 1.1% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 42°57′15″N 85°29′20″W / 42.95417°N 85.48889°W / 42.95417; -85.48889