Allendale Charter Township, Michigan

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Allendale Charter Township, Michigan
Charter township
Map of Allendale Charter Township.
Map of Allendale Charter Township.
Allendale Charter Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Allendale Charter Township, Michigan
Allendale Charter Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°58′40″N 85°57′31″W / 42.97778°N 85.95861°W / 42.97778; -85.95861Coordinates: 42°58′40″N 85°57′31″W / 42.97778°N 85.95861°W / 42.97778; -85.95861
Country United States
State Michigan
County Ottawa
 • Type Township Board
 • Supervisor Jerry Alkema
 • Total 32.2 sq mi (83.4 km2)
 • Land 31.3 sq mi (81.1 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
Elevation 627 ft (191 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 20,708
 • Density 661.6/sq mi (255.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49401 (Allendale)
49426 (Hudsonville)
49428 (Jenison)
Area code(s) 616
FIPS code 26-01360[1]
GNIS feature ID 1625822[2]

Allendale Charter Township is a charter township of Ottawa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 20,708. It is a part of the Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, Michigan combined statistical area, and is an exurb of Grand Rapids, due to its major commuter routes into the city (M-45 and I-96).

Malta was initially chosen as the name for the township; however when the township was organized in 1849, state senator Pennoyer changed the name to Allendale, after Agnes Allen, the first person on the tax roll in the area and the widow of Hannibal Allen, who was the son of Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen.[3]

Allendale Charter Township is best known as being home to the main campus of Grand Valley State University.


There are no incorporated municipalities within the township.

  • Allendale is a census-designated place consisting of the northern two-thirds of the township and the Allendale ZIP code 49401 serves most of the township except for small areas along the southern boundary.[4]
  • Conger was the name of a rural post office in the township from 1899 until 1907.[5]
  • Hudsonville is to the southeast, and the Hudsonville ZIP code serves a small area on the central part of the southern boundary of Allendale Township.[6]
  • Jenison is to the southeast, and the Jenison ZIP code 49428 serves a small area in the southeast corner of the Allendale Township.[7]
  • Pearline, also known as East Allendale, is an unincorporated community about one mile east of Allendale on M-45/Lake Michigan Dr. at 42°58′20″N 85°55′27″W / 42.97222°N 85.92417°W / 42.97222; -85.92417 (Pearline, Michigan).[8] Fruit grower Joh W. Everhart was the first postmaster of a rural post office here, which operated from April 29, 1891 until May 31, 1908.[9]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 32.2 square miles (83 km2), of which 31.3 square miles (81 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (2.80%) is water.

The Grand River forms the northern and eastern boundaries of the township. Georgetown Township is to the southeast, Blendon Township to the south, Olive Township to the southwest, Robinson Township to the west. Across the Grand River, Crockery Township is to the northwest, Polkton Township to the north, and Tallmadge Township to the east and northeast.

M-45 crosses east-west through the township, and crosses the Grand River in the east. The only other road to cross the Grand River in central Ottawa County is 68th Avenue in the north.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 168
1860 245 45.8%
1870 799 226.1%
1880 1,074 34.4%
1890 1,345 25.2%
1900 1,429 6.2%
1910 1,489 4.2%
1920 1,307 −12.2%
1930 1,325 1.4%
1940 1,377 3.9%
1950 1,663 20.8%
1960 2,238 34.6%
1970 3,554 58.8%
1980 6,080 71.1%
1990 8,022 31.9%
2000 13,042 62.6%
2010 20,708 58.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 20,708 people, 3,306 households, and 2,294 families residing in the township. The population density was 661.6 per square mile (255.3/km²). There were 3,492 housing units at an average density of 111.6 per square mile (43.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 93.61% White, 2.68% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.88% of the population.

There were 3,306 households out of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 15.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.4% 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 3.41.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 39.3% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 10.5% from 45 to 64, and 4.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $48,669, and the median income for a family was $58,576. Males had a median income of $40,419 versus $25,188 for females. The per capita income for the township was $15,065. About 2.8% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.


Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Higher education[edit]

The main campus of Grand Valley State University, founded in 1960, is located in Allendale Charter Township on 1,237 acres (5.01 km2). Grand Valley State University is the fastest growing university in the United States, both in population and physical size, as the university is continually building more facilities. The university is also ranked one of the top up and coming schools in the Midwest. The university enrolls a total of just under 25,000 students on the Allendale campus and two campuses in the surrounding area, and offers over 200 areas of study, making it the largest university in the Grand Rapids region.[10]

Cook Carillon Tower at Grand Valley State University Allendale campus

Points of interest[edit]

On Campus[edit]

Off Campus[edit]

Local media[edit]




  • WGVU-TV - GVSU PBS member station
  • GVBN - GVSU student run television station


Mass transit[edit]

  • Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), is a public regional bus system that provides transit throughout the eastern part of Allendale, GVSU, Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas. It connects Allendale and GVSU with Grand Rapids and GVSU's Pew Campus.

Major highways[edit]

  • M‑45 (Lake Michigan Drive)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Allendale Charter Township, Michigan
  3. ^ Allendale Historical Recognition Program, p. 19
  4. ^ 49401 5-Digit ZCTA, 494 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census
  5. ^ Walter Romig, Michigan Place Names, p. 130
  6. ^ 49426 5-Digit ZCTA, 494 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census
  7. ^ 49428 5-Digit ZCTA, 494 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census
  8. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pearline, Michigan
  9. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X. 
  10. ^ "Quick Facts About Grand Valley". Grand Valley State University web site. Grand Valley State University. Retrieved September 29, 2009. 

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