Ada Township, Michigan

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Ada Township, Michigan
Unincorporated community of Ada
Unincorporated community of Ada
Location within Kent County (red) and an administered portion of the Forest Hills CDP (pink)
Location within Kent County (red) and an administered portion of the Forest Hills CDP (pink)
Ada Township is located in Michigan
Ada Township
Ada Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Ada Township is located in the United States
Ada Township
Ada Township
Location within the United States
Coordinates: 42°58′31″N 85°29′30″W / 42.97528°N 85.49167°W / 42.97528; -85.49167Coordinates: 42°58′31″N 85°29′30″W / 42.97528°N 85.49167°W / 42.97528; -85.49167
CountryUnited States
 • SupervisorRoss Leisman
 • ClerkJacqueline Smith
 • Total37.11 sq mi (96.11 km2)
 • Land36.04 sq mi (93.34 km2)
 • Water1.07 sq mi (2.75 km2)
758 ft (231 m)
 • Total13,142
 • Density364.7/sq mi (140.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
49301 (Ada)
49331 (Lowell)
49525 (Grand Rapids)
49546 (Grand Rapids)
Area code(s)616
FIPS code26-081-00240[1]
GNIS feature ID1625798[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

Ada Township (/ˈdə/ AY-duh) is a civil township of Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 13,142 at the 2010 census.[3]

The majority of the township is included in the Forest Hills census-designated place, which is used only for statistical purposes. Ada Township is part of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area and is about 3.0 miles (4.8 km) east of the city of Grand Rapids. The township is the corporate home of Alticor and its subsidiary companies Amway North America and Amway.



At the turn of the 19th century, the land that would become Ada was a village of the Grand River Band of Ottawa, led by Nebawnaygezhick.[4][5]

During the early colonial settlement of Michigan, Rix Robinson, the first permanent colonial settler of Kent County, married Sebequay ("River Woman"), the sister of Nebawnaygezhick, at Ada.[5] In 1821, Robinson purchased a former 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 European-American settlers until after the United States signed the 1836 Treaty of Washington with regional tribes. Following the treaty, Robinson purchased hundreds of acres around the mouth of the Thornapple for the Ottawa to continue living on.[7]

There are conflicting reports concerning when the township was organized. Information provided by the township website indicates 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 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.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 37.11 square miles (96.11 km2), of which 36.04 square miles (93.34 km2) is land and 1.06 square miles (2.75 km2) (2.86%) is water.[3]

The Grand River and the Thornapple River pass through the township.

Major highways[edit]

  • M-21 (Fulton Street) runs west–east through the southern portion of the township.


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.


The Forest Hills Public Schools serves most of the township, while Lowell Area Schools serves a smaller portion in the east. The Forest Hills Public Schools District serves most of the community.[8]

Forest Hills Forest Hills Central High School and Forest Hills Eastern High School are located in Ada Township.[9][10] The Grand Rapids Supplemental School is a part-time Japanese school (Hoshū jugyō kō) that holds its classes at Forest Hills Central High School.[11]



  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ada Township, Michigan
  3. ^ a b "Michigan: 2010 Population and Housing Unit Counts 2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). 2010 United States Census. United States Census Bureau. September 2012. p. 27 Michigan. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  4. ^ a b McClurken, James (2009). People, Our Journey: The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-87-013856-0.
  5. ^ a b c Collections and Researches Made by the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society. Vol. 11. Lansing, MI: Thorp & Godfrey. 1887. p. 193.
  6. ^ Romig, Walter (October 1, 1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities. Great Lakes Books Series (Paperback). Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
  7. ^ McClurken, James M. (2009). Our People, Our Journey: The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-87-013856-0.
  8. ^ Michigan Geographic Framework (15 November 2013). "Kent County School Districts" (PDF). Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  9. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Ada township, MI (Part 2) (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 6, 2015. See Part 1 of Ada Township (Archive), See Overall (Archive)
  10. ^ "Contact Us." Forest Hills Central High School. Retrieved on April 6, 2015. "Central High School 5901 Hall Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546"
  11. ^ "List of supplementary lessons in North America (as of April 15, 2013). Retrieved on May 5, 2014. "Forest Hills Central High School 5901 Hall St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 U.S.A."

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