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Plainfield Township, Michigan
Charter township
Plainfield Charter Township
Location within Kent County (red) and administered portions of the Comstock Park (1) and Northview (2) CDPs (pink)
Location within Kent County (red) and administered portions of the Comstock Park (1) and Northview (2) CDPs (pink)
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Country United States
State Michigan
County Kent
Established 1838
 • Total 36.73 sq mi (95.13 km2)
 • Land 35.04 sq mi (90.75 km2)
 • Water 1.69 sq mi (4.38 km2)
663 ft (202 m)
 • Total 30,952
 • Density 883.33/sq mi (341.06/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49306 (Belmont)
49321 (Comstock Park)
49341 (Rockford)
49525 (Northview)
Area code(s) 616
FIPS code 26-081-64660
GNIS feature ID 1626912

Plainfield Charter Township is a charter township of Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 30,952 at the 2010 census.

It is part of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area and is bordered by Grand Rapids on the south.


  • Northview is a census-designated unincorporated community within the township, defined for statistical purposes. It is located between the boundaries with Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Township, Comstock Park, and Belmont.
  • Comstock Park is a census-designated unincorporated community partially within the township, defined for statistical purposes. It is the part of Plainfield Township that is located on the west side of the Grand River.
  • Belmont is an unincorporated community in the township, situated on the North side at exit 95 off U.S. Highway 131 close to where the Rogue River joins the Grand River. Belmont is at 43°04′32″N 85°36′33″W / 43.07556°N 85.60917°W / 43.07556; -85.60917. The ZIP code is 49306. It was platted in 1874.
  • Childsdale (historic) was a small unincorporated community within the township located where Childsdale avenue crosses the Rogue River on the north eastern boundary with Rockford. The small community was the site of a lumber and paper mill and a stop on the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad. It was started in 1848 around a sawmill. It had a post office starting in 1900.
  • Chauncey (also known as Buena Vista and Imperial Mills) is an unincorporated, also mostly historical settlement on the eastern boundary with Cannon Township where Bear Creek enters the Grand River.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.5 square miles (94.6 km²), of which, 35.1 square miles (91.0 km²) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²) of it (3.78%) is water. The dominant geographical feature of the township is the Grand River, which has many parks along its banks with available swimming and boating.

Zip Codes

  • Grand Rapids- 49525
  • Comstock Park- 49321
  • Belmont- 49306
  • Rockford- 49341


As of the census of 2000, there were 30,195 people, 11,038 households, and 8,168 families residing in the township. The population density was 859.2 per square mile (331.8/km2). There were 11,456 housing units at an average density of 326.0 per square mile (125.9/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 95.68% White, 1.22% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.75% of the population.

There were 11,038 households, out of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the township the population was spread out, with 30.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $55,181, and the median income for a family was $62,241. Males had a median income of $45,757 versus $30,122 for females. The per capita income for the township was $23,753. About 3.3% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.


Plainfield Township is served by four separate school districts. Northview Public School District serves the southern portion of the township in the Northview community. Rockford Public Schools serves the northern portion of the township, and Rockford High School is within the township. Comstock Park Public Schools serves a small western portion, and Kewona Hills Public Schools also serves a very small western portion of the township.

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