Despite a recession that reshaped Michigan, Ottawa County continues to grow—and Allendale Township is driving part of that success.
In March of this year, the U.S. Census Bureau released population data that offers a picture of growth and decline in Michigan. Despite losing ground to a battered economy, Michigan managed a net growth of more than 6,000 residents between 2014 and 2015. Comparing towns in Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon and Newaygo counties, Allendale Township had the highest population growth in the area between 2014 and 2015, adding more than 1200 residents for a 5.8 percent increase in one year.
In Michigan, percentage growth in Allendale Township and Algoma Township were second only to Macomb Township near Detroit.
Other census facts include:
- Ottawa ranks eighth for population among Michigan counties.
- For growth in Michigan, Ottawa County ranks first, followed by Kent, Grand Traverse, and Livingston Counties.
- Ranked 122 among large cities in the United States, Grand Rapids has a population of 195,097.
- In the eastern part of the state, Wayne County posted a population loss of slightly under 11,000, the largest numeric decline of people in a county between 2013 and 2014 in the United States.
- Growing at a rate of over 4.5 percent, the population of Ottawa County increased from 263,801 to 276,292 between 2010 and 2014.
Quoted in the Holland Sentinel, Ottawa County Administrator Al Vanderberg, notes, “It is great to pick up speed as we pull away from the Great Recession and hopefully back to the major economic growth that we enjoyed prior to that devastating event. Innovative Ottawa County employers have increased job opportunities in large numbers in recent times and of course our outstanding schools, unmatched natural resources, and low crime rate makes Ottawa County a top choice location for folks to gravitate to.”
Continued growth is anticipated for Allendale and its schools. Enrollment at Allendale Public Schools has grown steadily from 2,176 students in 2006-2007, to more than 2,600 students in the 2015-2016 academic year. In the 2014-2015 school year, more than 50 percent of the graduating class enrolled in college or four-year university.
Located between the lakeshore and the Grand Rapids metropolitan area, Allendale has something for everyone, including outstanding educational and vocational opportunities through Allendale Public Schools.