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Plainwell, Michigan - Basic Facts

Plainwell is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the City of Plainwell.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Allegan County at latitude 42.44 and longitude -85.6489. Allegan County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 728 feet.

The formal boundaries for the City of Plainwell (see map) encompass a land area of 1.98 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles.

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Plainwell, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 3,797
Population in Households 3,655
Population in Familes 2,934
Population in Group Qrtrs 142
Population Density1 1,923
Diversity Index2 14


Total Households 1,576
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 1,013
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,697 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,011 (59.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 565 (33.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 121 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $109,355
Average Home Value $122,896


Median Household Income $46,606
Average Household Income $56,474
Per Capita Income $22,903
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.04% 0.14%
Households 0.23% 0.24%
Families 1.12% 0.1%
Median Household Income   3.23%
Per Capita Income   2.29%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Plainwell, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Plainwell to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 208 70th
Population Density1 # 139 80th
Diversity Index2 # 411 41st
Median Household Income # 254 63rd
Per Capita Income # 294 58th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Michigan Census Data Comparison Tool.