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Cascade Township, Michigan
Charter township
Cascade Charter Township
Former township hall in Cascade Township
Former township hall in Cascade Township
"Serene vistas... Plentiful trees... Two rivers... One community"
Location within Kent County (red) and an administered portion of the Forest Hills CDP (pink)
Location within Kent County (red) and an administered portion of the Forest Hills CDP (pink)
Cascade Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Cascade Township, Michigan
Cascade Township, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Cascade Township, Michigan is located in the United States
Cascade Township, Michigan
Cascade Township, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Kent
Established 1848
 • Total 34.86 sq mi (90.29 km2)
 • Land 33.88 sq mi (87.75 km2)
 • Water 0.98 sq mi (2.54 km2)
663 ft (202 m)
 • Total 17,134
 • Density 505.7/sq mi (195.3/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49301 (Ada)
49302 (Alto)
49512 (Grand Rapids)
49546 (Grand Rapids)
Area code(s) 616
FIPS code 26-081-13660
GNIS feature ID 1626037

Cascade Charter Township is a charter township of Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 17,134 at the 2010 census.

The township is part of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area and is located just east of the city of Grand Rapids. The township is the location of Gerald R. Ford International Airport.


The township is situated in the southeastern section of Kent County, approximately 10 miles southeast of Grand Rapids. A defining feature of the township is the Thornapple River, which divides the township into east and west halves. The township was originally a part of Ada Township and was separately organized in 1848.


  • Cascade is an unincorporated community within the township, centered upon the intersection of 28th Street and Cascade Road. It consists of a large commercial district along 28th Street and several surrounding bedroom communities. Cascade was initially platted in 1845 by D. S. T. Weller. It had a post office from 1854 until 1910.
  • Grand Rapids is located to the west and northwest. The Grand Rapids ZIP codes 49512 and 49546 serve portions of the township. 49512 serves the southwest portion of the township. Kentwood, Michigan, which is to the west, is also an acceptable name in the 49512 ZIP code. 49546 serves the northwest portion of the township.
  • Ada is to the north, and the Ada ZIP code 49301 serves most of the eastern portion of the township.
  • Alto is to the southeast, and the Alto ZIP code 49302 serves the southeast portion of Cascade Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.8 square miles (90 km2), of which, 33.9 square miles (88 km2) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) of it (2.53%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 15,107 people, 5,394 households, and 4,374 families residing in the township. The population density was 445.7 per square mile (172.1/km2). There were 5,638 housing units at an average density of 166.3 per square mile (64.2/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 94.55% White, 1.00% African American, 0.28% Native American, 3.06% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

There were 5,394 households, out of which 39.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.1% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.9% were non-families. 16.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the township the population was spread out, with 29.4% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 30.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $87,290, and the median income for a family was $98,013. Males had a median income of $71,960 versus $37,234 for females. The per capita income for the township was $39,470. About 1.5% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.3% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.


The township is served by three public school districts. Kentwood Public Schools serves the southern portion of the township. Most of the township is served by Forest Hills Public Schools, and Lowell Area Schools serves a small eastern portion of the township.

West Michigan Aviation Academy is a charter high school located within the township.



Major highways

  • I-96 runs east–west through the center of the township.
  • M-6 enters at the southern portion of the township and has its eastern terminus at I-96.
  • M-37 (Broadmoor Avenue) enters briefly at the southwestern corner of the township.

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