Plainfield Township, Kent County, Michigan

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Plainfield Charter Township, Michigan
Charter township
Location of Plainfield Township, Michigan
Location of Plainfield Township, Michigan
Coordinates: 43°3′32″N 85°36′49″W / 43.05889°N 85.61361°W / 43.05889; -85.61361Coordinates: 43°3′32″N 85°36′49″W / 43.05889°N 85.61361°W / 43.05889; -85.61361
Country United States
State Michigan
County Kent
Area
 • Total 36.5 sq mi (94.6 km2)
 • Land 35.1 sq mi (91.0 km2)
 • Water 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
Elevation 663 ft (202 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 30,952
 • Density 881.8/sq mi (340.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-64660[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626912[2]

Plainfield Charter Township is a charter township of Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. According to the 2010 census, the population was 30,952. The township forms part of the metro Grand Rapids area. It derives its name from the extinct lumbertown of Plainfield founded in 1838 by Andrew Stout at the intersection of the Rogue and Grand Rivers. The town name was eventually changed to Austerlitz before its eventual dissolution.[3] Plainfield township is bordered by Alpine Township to the west, Algoma Township to the north, Cannon Township to the east, and Grand Rapids Township to the south.

Communities[edit]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.5 square miles (94.6 km²), of which, 35.1 square miles (91.0 km²) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²) of it (3.78%) is water. The dominant geographical feature of the township is the Grand River, which has many parks along its banks with available swimming and boating.

Zip Codes

  • Grand Rapids- 49525
  • Comstock Park- 49321
  • Belmont- 49306
  • Rockford- 49341

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 30,195 people, 11,038 households, and 8,168 families residing in the township. The population density was 859.2 per square mile (331.8/km²). There were 11,456 housing units at an average density of 326.0 per square mile (125.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.68% White, 1.22% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.75% of the population.

There were 11,038 households out of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the township the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $55,181, and the median income for a family was $62,241. Males had a median income of $45,757 versus $30,122 for females. The per capita income for the township was $23,753. About 3.3% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Most of the southern region of the township is served by the 49505 (Grand Rapids) and 49525 zip codes. Northern areas of the township are served by the 49341 (Rockford) code, western parts are served by 49321 (Comstock Park), and central portions are served by 49306 (Belmont).

Public education in the southern region of the township is provided by Northview Public Schools. Students in the western portion attend Comstock Park Public Schools, and those residents of the northern regions of Plainfield Township are served by Rockford Public Schools.

Major roadways[edit]

A major roadway within the township is Plainfield Avenue, which is a state highway with the designation M-44 Connector. This highway intersects with M-44 or Northland Drive near the point where it crosses the Grand River. US-131 runs southwest-northeast through the western half of the township and is a major route carrying traffic to and from points north of Grand Rapids.[10]

Education[edit]

Comstock Park Public Schools serves portions of the township. The district headquarters are in the township and in the Comstock Park CDP.[11][4][6]

Greenridge Elementary School serves preschool, kindergarten and PPI. Stoney Creek Elementary School has grades 1 and 2. Pine Island Elementary School serves 3 through 5. Mill Creek Middle School has grades 6 through 8. Comstock Park High School serves grades 9 through 12.[12] Of the schools,[6] Pine Island Elementary, Mill Creek Middle School, and Comstock Park High School are in the Plainfield Township limits.[13]

Other school districts include:[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Plainfield Township, Kent County, Michigan
  3. ^ History of Kent County, 1881
  4. ^ a b "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Comstock Park CDP, MI." (Archive) U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on December 25, 2012.
  5. ^ "2010 Zoning Map ADOPTED BY THE ALPINE TOWNSHIP BOARD JUNE 18, 1990 AS AMENDED THROUGH ORD. No. 10-01." (Archive) Alpine Township, Michigan. Retrieved on December 27, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Street Map." (Archive) Plainfield Township. Retrieved on December 25, 2012.
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Belmont, Michigan
  8. ^ Walter Romig, Michigan Place Names, p. 54
  9. ^ Walter Romig, Michigan Place Names, p. 115
  10. ^ City Data for Plainfield Township
  11. ^ "Comstock Park Central Office." Comstock Park Public Schools. Retrieved on December 25, 2012. "101 School Street NE Comstock Park, MI 49321"
  12. ^ "ABOUT OUR DISTRICT." Comstock Park Public Schools. Retrieved on December 25, 2012.
  13. ^ "Schools." Comstock Park Public Schools. Retrieved on December 27, 2012. "Greenridge Elementary Pre-School & ECSE 3825 Oakridge, NE Comstock Park, MI 49321" and "Stoney Creek Elementary Grades: K, 1, 2 200 Lantern Dr. NW Comstock Park, MI 49321" and "Pine Island Elementary Grades 3, 4, & 5 6101 Pine Island Drive Comstock Park, MI 49321" and "Comstock Park High School Grades 9-12 150 Six Mile Rd. NE Comstock Park, MI 49321-0900"

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