Tucked in between Interstates 96 and 196 just minutes from the eastern shores of Lake Michigan, Allendale is one of the finest Michigan communities in the state. With its quiet, suburban atmosphere and close proximity to larger towns of Grand Rapids and Muskegon, residents seeking Allendale apartments for rent can have it all. According to information from City-Data, the word is out on this great township - from 2000 to 2010, Allendale has seen a 52 percent jump in population and boasts a cost of living index more than 14 points below the national average. With its low crime, affordable housing and warm, welcoming community, there are plenty of great reasons to call Allendale home.
The areas around Allendale were settled by Ottawa Native Americans thousands of years ago, but European immigrants did not find their home in western Michigan until the lucrative fur trade began to flourish in the mid-1800s. Soon after, Allendale saw a rise in the lumbering industry as well, and later on became known for automobile and parts manufacturing. Today, Allendale remains true to its small town roots, but still has an eye for the future and is constantly evolving. With its close location to Lake Michigan, many residents and visitors enjoy plenty of outdoor recreation and fun year round. Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2011 estimated population was near 17,500 residents, and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Due to its location near the Great Lakes, it makes sense that Allendale has a fantastic park system. One of the most popular with locals is Aman Park, a space that provides hiking trails and natural areas during the summer and cross-country skiing trails during the snowy winter months.
Another popular recreational facility is found at Grand Valley State University, which boasts everything from nature trails to roller hockey on a beautiful tree-lined campus.
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