Jenison, Michigan

Coordinates: 42°54′20″N 85°47′31″W / 42.90556°N 85.79194°W / 42.90556; -85.79194
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Jenison, Michigan
Location within Ottawa County
Location within Ottawa County
Jenison is located in Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Jenison is located in the United States
Location within the United States
Coordinates: 42°54′20″N 85°47′31″W / 42.90556°N 85.79194°W / 42.90556; -85.79194
CountryUnited States
 • Total5.93 sq mi (15.36 km2)
 • Land5.86 sq mi (15.16 km2)
 • Water0.08 sq mi (0.20 km2)
604 ft (184 m)
 • Total16,640
 • Density2,842.02/sq mi (1,097.35/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49428, 49429
Area code616
FIPS code26-41680[2]
GNIS feature ID0629253[3]

Jenison is a census-designated place (CDP) in Ottawa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The community is located within Georgetown Charter Township. The population of the CDP was 17,211 as of the 2000 census. The current estimated population for the entire Jenison ZIP code, 49428, is 25,770. The geographical boundaries of the ZIP code are larger than that of the CDP.

It is a bedroom community in proximity to Grand Rapids.[4]


The area that Jenison occupies was first inhabited by Peoria and Odawa indigenous peoples, and later populated by white settlers in 1836 as a lumber site along the Grand River.[5] Jenison gained its name from the Jenison family's sawmill, which opened in 1864.[6] A post office called Jenisonville was established in 1872, and the name was changed to Jenison in 1887.[7]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15 km2), of which 5.8 square miles (15 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.85%) is water.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
The Husband-Hanchett house at Port Sheldon and Main, a State of Michigan historical site and home of the Jenison Museum.

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 17,211 people, 5,975 households, and 4,863 families residing in the community. The population density was 2,940.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,135.4/km2). There were 6,065 housing units at an average density of 1,036.3 per square mile (400.1/km2). The racial makeup of the community was 98.84% White, 0.49% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.77% of the population.

There were 5,975 households, out of which 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.5% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.6% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the community, the population was spread out, with 28.9% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median income for a household in the community was $56,426, and the median income for a family was $61,957. Males had a median income of $46,738 versus $28,204 for females. The per capita income for the community was $21,021. About 1.8% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

Major highways[edit]

Major roads[edit]

  • Baldwin Street
  • Bauer Road
  • Cottonwood Drive
  • Chicago Drive


The majority of the community is in Jenison Public Schools. A small portion is in the Hudsonville Public School District.[9]

Jenison Public Schools facilities include:

  • Jenison High School
  • Jenison Junior High School
  • Bursley Elementary School
  • Bauerwood Elementary School
  • Pinewood Elementary School
  • Sandy Hill Elementary School
  • Rosewood Elementary School
  • ECC, Early Childhood Center - Michigan State University Partnership(former Maplewood Elementary School)
  • Jenison International Academy - Online School


  • Jenison Christian School

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 21, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Jenison, Michigan
  4. ^ a b Wise, David. "Mole-in-Training: How China Tried to Infiltrate the CIA." Washingtonian. July 7, 2012. Retrieved on April 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "ABOUT THE JENISON HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION". Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  6. ^ History of Ottawa County. 1882. p. 98.
  7. ^ "Ottawa County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Ottawa County, MI" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. p. 1 (PDF p. 2/2). Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  10. ^ "USA Football: It's more than a game". Archived from the original on March 13, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2008.
  11. ^ Mark Dewey Statistics - The Baseball Cube
  12. ^ Grasmanis Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards -
  13. ^ "Benny McCoy Statistics and History". Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  14. ^ Welcome to Andy Ponstein - Home Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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