Allendale is centrally located in Ottawa County which means easy access to main highways and quick commutes to anywhere in the region. We are 15 miles from Grand Rapids, 23 miles from Holland, 29 miles from Muskegon, 171 miles from Detroit and 172 miles from Chicago, Illinois.
Allendale’s population surged 59% according to the 2010 census, the largest percentage of growth in Ottawa County, Michigan.
To reiterate what W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research economist George A. Erickcek stated at the top of his January 8, 2013, presentation in the City of Holland, entitled 2013-2014 Forecast for Ottawa County, “2012 was a great year!” It was. And, all indications are (based upon an evaluation of recent data and information as well as a tally of the benefits to be derived from a number of significant industrial development projects underway and announced) that this trend in Ottawa County will likely continue into the future.
In 2012, manufacturing employment in Ottawa County comprised about 29.2 percent of the total employment (private and government). By comparison, manufacturing employment for the entire State of Michigan comprised about 13.3 percent of the total employment.
Between 2008 and 2012, the economic sectors in Ottawa County which experienced the most employment growth were the professional and business services at + 27.9 percent; government (local, State & federal) at + 12.7 percent; leisure, accommodations & food services at + 5.7 percent; and educational & health services at + 3.7 percent. The sectors whose employment contracted the most were natural resources & construction at -20.0 percent; information at -12.5 percent; retail trade at - 4.0 percent; and transportation and utilities at – 1.4 percent.
Ottawa County’s total non-farm employment (not seasonally adjusted) increased by 11,100 jobs from 100,700 in 2009 to 111,800 in 2012. Non-farm employment grew at annual rates of 5.7 percent for 2010-11 and 2.2 percent for 2011-12. Ottawa County’s annual average unemployment rate in 2012 was 6.8 percent. This rate was considerably lower than both the national & State unemployment rates of 8.1 percent and 9.1 percent, respectively. Ottawa County’s 2012 unemployment rate was about half of what it was during the Great Recession (12.1 percent in 2009). By comparison, Michigan’s 2009 unemployment rate was considerably higher at 13.4 percent. The national rate was more favorable at 9.3 percent.