Cascade Township, Michigan

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Cascade Charter Township is a charter township of Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 15,107 at the 2000 census.

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 St and Cascade Rd. It consists of a large commercial district along 28th street and several surrounding bedroom communities.
  • 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.[3] Kentwood, Michigan, which is to the west, is also an acceptable name in the 49512 ZIP code.[4] 49546 serves the northwest portion of the township.[5]
  • Ada is to the north, and the Ada ZIP code 49301 serves most of the eastern portion of the township.[6]
  • Alto is to the southeast, and the Alto ZIP code 49302 serves the southeast portion of Cascade Township.[7]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.8 square miles (90.1 km²), of which, 33.9 square miles (87.8 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²) of it (2.53%) is water.


As of the census[1] 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/sq mi (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.

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