Allendale, MI
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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.

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 service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Allendale who work in food service (13.31%), sales jobs (12.96%), and office and administrative support (11.68%).

Of important note, Allendale is also a town of artists. Allendale has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Allendale’s character.

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.

In Allendale, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Allendale is a relatively small town. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

The education level of Allendale citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.37% of adults in Allendale have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Allendale in 2010 was $16,654, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $66,616 for a family of four. However, Allendale contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 Dutch, Irish, Polish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Allendale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Hindi.