Plainwell, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Plainwell, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Plainwell had a population of 3,837 as of July 1, 2017. Plainwell ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Plainwell is located at latitude 42.452 and longitude -85.6507 in Allegan County. The formal boundaries for the City of Plainwell (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.98 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles. Allegan County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 728 feet.

The City of Plainwell (GNIS ID: 1626913) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Plainwell population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Plainwell, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 3,837
Population in Households 3,694
Population in Familes 2,946
Population in Group Qrtrs 143
Population Density1 1,940
Diversity Index2 15


Total Households 1,576
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 1,008
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,695 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,001 (59.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 575 (33.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 119 ( 7.0%)
Median Home Value $124,891
Average Home Value $129,835


Median Household Income $51,107
Average Household Income $58,371
Per Capita Income $23,671
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.12% 0.3%
Households 0.13% 0.32%
Families 0.59% 0.14%
Median Household Income   0.3%
Per Capita Income   1.39%
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, 2017 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 # 210 70th
Population Density1 # 144 79th
Diversity Index2 # 410 41st
Median Household Income # 248 64th
Per Capita Income # 342 51st

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