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.

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 (13.97%), sales jobs (12.86%), and food service (11.36%).

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.

Despite being a small town, Allendale has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

The education level of Allendale citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.84% of adults in Allendale have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Allendale in 2010 was $16,557, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $66,228 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 Dutch, Irish, Polish, and Italian.

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