Plainwell, Michigan

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Plainwell is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,933 at the 2000 census.

Plainwell is located on M-89 just east of its junction with U.S. 131. The city of Otsego is about three miles (5 km) to the west. Kalamazoo is about ten miles (16 km) to the south and Grand Rapids about 35 miles (56 km) north. The Kalamazoo River flows through the center of the city.

Plainwell is the birth place of syndicated cartoonist Dave Coverly, creator of the Speed Bump comic strip, actor Ed Gale[1][2], famous for his role as Howard the Duck in the movie of the same name.

Though it sounds somewhat common, there are no other communities named Plainwell anywhere in the United States.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (4.17%) is water. Plainwell was given the nickname " The Island City of Michigan" by Fromers 2009 Travel Guide to Michigan.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,933 people, 1,506 households, and 1,018 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,897.9 per square mile (733.6/km²). There were 1,593 housing units at an average density of 768.7/sq mi (297.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.77% White, 0.46% African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.66% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.65% of the population.

There were 1,506 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.01.

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