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About Allendale Twp, MI.

 
Allendale Township is considered “inhabited ancient land” dating back to 200 BCE to 500 CE. More recently (1810) it became a fur trading post. Today the communities of Allendale, Conger, Hudsonville, Jenison, and Pearline lie within the 32.2 square mile charter township located on the east shore of Lake Michigan in the southwestern part of the state. This historic agricultural community has a population of approximately 20,528 (2014 census), which represents significant 52.2% continued growth. Allendale Township has maintained its Victorian-era homes and Downtown (on the National Register of Historic Interest). English-speaking Caucasians make up the majority of the population. African Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos make up the rest. The median age is approximately 22 years old. One-third of residents are married with children. More than half of the populous is single and claims never to have married.
 
Allendale Township is also attractive because its cost of living is 13% lower than the national average. Housing, groceries, and healthcare indexes are low. But you should expect utilities and transportation to cost more. Their indexes are significantly higher than the national average. The median home price is approximately $110,200. Home values have appreciated 6.3% in the last 12 months indicating it’s a good time to buy. Renters comprise 13.02% of the township’s population. Currently 27.34% of Allendale Township houses and apartments sit empty.
Sales tax and income tax rates are 6.0% and 4.25% respectively. Allendale Township’s unemployment rate is 5.0%, which is less than the national average. Job growth is4.44%, and is estimated to be 43.9% over the next ten years.
 
Allendale Township public schools spend $12,164 per student, which is slightly less than the national average. The student-teacher ratio is 19:1, the student-librarian ratio is 837:1, and the student-counselor ratio is 678:1. The main campus of Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is also located in Allendale Township. It is the fastest growing university in the US. It is the largest university in the Grand Rapids region and ranked as one of the top schools in the Midwest. 
 
“The Rapid” Interurban Transit Partnership is the public regional bus system. It runs throughout the eastern part of Allendale, GVSU Pew Campus, Grand Rapids and surrounding areas. There is also a good amount of pedestrian traffic as well as single-driver commuting. Allendale Township sponsors the globally-renowned tulip festival annually. The local Tulip City Airport is named in honor of it. The township offers a variety of arts and cultural college-town amenities as well as local restaurants and entertainment venues and outdoor and fitness activities and facilities.

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