Alpine Township, Michigan

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Alpine Township is a civil township of Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The township became a charter township in 1979, but in 1996, the township de-chartered and returned to general law status.[citation needed] As of the 2000 census, the township population was 13,976. The township is located northwest of Grand Rapids and is bordered by Wright township in Ottawa County to the west, Sparta Township to the north, Plainfield Charter Township to the east, and the City of Walker to the south. The unincorporated community of Alpine is located within the township at 43°04′22″N 85°41′06″W / 43.07278°N 85.685°W / 43.07278; -85.685 and is centered around a large commercial district along route M-37, which runs north-south along the eastern portion of the township.[3]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.0 square miles (93.2 km²), of which, 35.8 square miles (92.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.39%) is water. At 36 square miles (93 km2) in area, none of the original township land has been annexed by other municipalities.[citation needed]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 13,976 people, 5,550 households, and 3,468 families residing in the township. The population density was 389.9 per square mile (150.5/km²). There were 5,830 housing units at an average density of 162.6/sq mi (62.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 89.55% White, 3.11% African American, 0.77% Native American, 1.51% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.85% from other races, and 2.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.55% of the population.

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