Allendale Charter Township, Michigan



Allendale Charter Township is a charter township of Ottawa County in the
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. At the 2020 Census, the township population was 26,583. Major commuter routes into the city ( M-45 and I-96). Allendale is located in the center of Ottawa County, bordered by Tallmadge Township, Polkton Township (City of Coopersville), Robinson Township, Blendon Township and Georgetown Township. Allendale Charter Township is best known as being home to the main campus of
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The land within the current borders of the township has been inhabited by humans since at least ca. 200 BCE to 500 CE, earliest evidence suggests occupation by Goodall focus, a Middle Woodland Hopewellian culture. At the time of European contact,
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-speaking peoples, the Odawa and the
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lived within the current township. The first documented European in what is now Allendale was Pierre Constant, a French fur trader who established a
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at Charleston for John Jacob Astor's
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in 1810. The first permanent European settler was Richard Roberts, of
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, who purchased one hundred and sixty acres along the Grand River, building a log cabin in 1842 that became known as the Half-way House, as it was situated roughly halfway between
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and Grandville. Roberts established a sawmill, a
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shop, a
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and a store. In the winter of 1848–49, a meeting was held at the home of Alexander Milne for the purpose of drafting a petition requesting to become an organized Township, to be called the Township of Isaac. Those attending the meeting, along with Milne, were James Scott, Johnson Balcom, Alexander Scott, Robert Scott, John Hanna and Henry M. Reed. James Scott drew up the township petition which was signed by all of them. The petition was presented to the state legislature by state Senator Henry Pennoyer of Grand Haven. Senator Pennoyer, on his own initiative, substituted Isaac with the (misspelled) ''Allandale'' after Agnes Allen, the first name appearing on the tax roll, and the widow of Hannibal Allen, son of Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen. The spelling was subsequently changed from Allandale to the current Allendale. In 1854 the township of Blendon was organized, and set off from Allendale.


There are no incorporated municipalities within the township. * Allendale is a
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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. *Conger was the name of a rural post office in the township from 1899 until 1907. * 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. * Jenison is to the southeast, and the Jenison ZIP code 49428 serves a small area in the southeast corner of the Allendale Township. * Pearline, also known as East Allendale, is an unincorporated community about one mile east of Allendale on M-45/Lake Michigan Dr. at . 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.


According to the
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, the township has a total area of , of which is land and (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. Except for US-31 in
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; M-45, 68th Avenue just to the north and M-231 to the west are the only roads to cross the Grand River in Ottawa County.


Allendale experiences a
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''Dfb''), warm to hot summers and cold winters, similar to most of the
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. It is often humid in the summer. Allendale receives 132 inches of measurable precipitation per year, on average 33 inches of rain and 82 inches of snowfall.Allendale, Michigan Climate
/ref> There are 162 sunny days per year. The comfort index, based on humidity during the hot months, is a 51 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.


As of the
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of 2010, there were 20,708 people, 3,306 households, and 2,294 families residing in the township. The population density was . There were 3,492 housing units at an average density of . The racial makeup of the township was 93.61%
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, 2.68%
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, 0.35% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.07%
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, 1.43% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races.
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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
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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
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for the township was $15,065. About 2.8% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the
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, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.


Primary and secondary schools

* Allendale Public Schools ** Allendale High School **New Options Alternative High School **Allendale Middle School **Oakwood Intermediate School **Evergreen Elementary **Allendale Early Childhood Center * Allendale Christian School

Higher education

The main campus of
Grand Valley State University Grand Valley State University (GVSU, GV, or Grand Valley) is a public university in Allendale, Michigan. It was established in 1960 as Grand Valley State College. Its main campus is situated on approximately west of Grand Rapids. The universi ...
, founded in 1960, is located in Allendale Charter Township on .
Grand Valley State University Grand Valley State University (GVSU, GV, or Grand Valley) is a public university in Allendale, Michigan. It was established in 1960 as Grand Valley State College. Its main campus is situated on approximately west of Grand Rapids. The universi ...
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.


Allendale Community Park is a park situated near the township office. It contains a Veterans Garden of Honor honoring U.S. soldiers. It contains nine statues representing veterans of U.S. wars. One of the statues, installed in 1998, depicting a Confederate and Union soldier standing back-to-back with a young slave crouched between them at their feet, has been controversial for seeming to honor the Confederacy. During the George Floyd protests in 2020, the Allendale Township Board voted on June 30, 2020, to keep it.

Points of interest

On campus

* Lubbers Stadium, home of Grand Valley State Laker football. * Cook Carillon Tower * The Meadows at Grand Valley State University * GVSU Fieldhouse

Off campus

* Allendale Township is home to a large number of off campus student housing complexes. As of 2021 there are approximately 8,000 beds according to township assessing records. File:The Lodge Apt.pdf File:48 West.pdf, Apartment complexes * Grand River * Bass River Recreation Area * Grand River Park

Local media


* Grand Valley Advance * Grand Valley Lanthorn


* WGVU-FM (88.5 FM Allendale/ Grand Rapids) – GVSU Public Radio (
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/Jazz) * WCKS "The Whale" – GVSU student run radio


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member station *GVBN – GVSU student run television station


Mass transit

* 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



External links

Allendale Charter Township
{{Grand Valley State University Townships in Ottawa County, Michigan Charter townships in Michigan Allendale, Michigan Grand Valley State University Populated places established in 1849 1849 establishments in Michigan