Allendale is a medium-sized town located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 18,383 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Allendale is the 73rd largest community in Michigan. Allendale has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Allendale, where the median household income is $53,214.00.
Allendale real estate is some of the most expensive in Michigan, although Allendale house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some towns, Allendale isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Allendale are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Allendale is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Allendale who work in office and administrative support (13.91%), sales jobs (11.41%), and food service (10.06%).
Also of interest is that Allendale has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Allendale is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Allendale to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
The population of Allendale is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.74% of adults in Allendale have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Allendale in 2018 was $19,306, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $77,224 for a family of four. However, Allendale contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Allendale is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Allendale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Allendale residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Allendale include German, Dutch, Irish, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Allendale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.