Northview is an unincorporated community in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is defined as a census-designated place (CDP) for statistical purposes and does not have any legal status as an incorporated municipality. The population was 14,541 at the 2010 census.
The CDP is almost entirely within Plainfield Charter Township and consists of the area north of the boundary with Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Township and south of the Grand River. It also includes a small portion of Grand Rapids Township around the southern end of Dean Lake. It is considered part of the urbanized area around Grand Rapids.
The CDP takes its name from the Northview Public Schools district, although the district includes a larger portion of Grand Rapids Township and a small area of the city of Grand Rapids.
M-44 (Beltline Avenue) and M-44 Connector (Plainfield Avenue) are the main roads through the community. Plainfield Avenue leads southwest 7 miles (11 km) to downtown Grand Rapids, while Beltline Avenue leads south 10 miles (16 km) to M-11 in Kentwood. Rockford is 6 miles (10 km) to the north.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Northview CDP has a total area of 11.0 square miles (28.6 km), of which 10.3 square miles (26.8 km) are land and 0.69 square miles (1.8 km), or 6.33%, are water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,730 people, 5,673 households, and 3,942 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,414.6 per square mile (546.3/km²). There were 5,898 housing units at an average density of 566.4 per square mile (218.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.38% White, 1.94% African American, 0.37% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.81% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.12% of the population.
There were 5,673 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $46,888, and the median income for a family was $54,756. Males had a median income of $41,295 versus $28,870 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,215. About 4.5% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.