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Algoma Township, Michigan
Location within Kent County
Location within Kent County
Algoma Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Algoma Township, Michigan
Algoma Township, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Algoma Township, Michigan is located in the United States
Algoma Township, Michigan
Algoma Township, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Kent
Established 1849
 • Total 34.93 sq mi (90.47 km2)
 • Land 34.13 sq mi (88.40 km2)
 • Water 0.80 sq mi (2.07 km2)
764 ft (233 m)
 • Total 9,932
 • Density 291.0/sq mi (112.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49319 (Cedar Springs)
49321 (Comstock)
49341 (Rockford)
49345 (Sparta)
Area code(s) 616
FIPS code 26-081-01160
GNIS feature ID 1625817

Algoma Township is a civil township of Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 9,932 at the 2010 census, which is a large increase from 7,596 at the 2000 census.

The township is part of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area and is located about 10 miles (16 km) north of the city of Grand Rapids.


Algoma was originally settled in 1843. The township was established in 1849.

In 1856 C. C. Comstock of Grand Rapids founded a mill in the township around which developed the community of Gougeburg'.

A village by the name of Burchville was established in 1868. It had a post office until 1879. In 1869 the village of Edgerton was established. It had its own post office until 1937.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.3 square miles (91 km2), of which, 34.9 square miles (90 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (1.13%) is water.

Most of the township is served by 49341 (Rockford), western portions are served by 49345 (Sparta), northeastern portions are served by 49319 (Cedar Springs).

Most children under 18 attend Rockford Public Schools, western portions are served by Sparta Area Schools, northern portions are served by Cedar Springs Public Schools.


As of the census of 2000, there were 7,596 people, 2,588 households, and 2,158 families residing in the township. The population density was 217.9 per square mile (84.1/km2). There were 2,692 housing units at an average density of 77.2 per square mile (29.8/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.54% White, 0.22% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.67% of the population.

There were 2,588 households, out of which 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.3% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.6% were non-families. 12.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the township the population was spread out, with 30.2% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $58,285, and the median income for a family was $62,863. Males had a median income of $45,281 versus $28,870 for females. The per capita income for the township was $23,150. About 2.6% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.


Algoma Township is served by three public school districts. The northwestern portion of the township is served by Sparta Area Schools. The southeastern portion of the township is served by Rockford Public Schools, while a smaller northeastern portion is served by Cedar Springs Public Schools.

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