Introduction to Kentwood, Michigan

Kentwood, Michigan, in Kent county, is 4 miles SE of Wyoming, Michigan and 115 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Part of the surrounding Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland metro area, Kentwood is home to some 45,255 residents.

Kentwood History

The present city of Kentwood was originally a part of the Paris Township. Many of the early settlers in this area came from New York. Barney Burton was the first person to build a house in this area. Paris Township was established in 1839. Over the years, land from the Paris Township was annexed to the neighboring cities of Wyoming and Grand Rapids. To prevent any more annexation, the remaining area of Paris Township was incorporated as a city in 1967, and named Kentwood.

Kentwood and nearby Attractions

  • Big Dip Indoor Water Park
  • Dana Couture
  • Heritage Hill Historical Society
  • Grand Gallery
  • Grand Rapids Children's Museum
  • LE Kaufman Golf Course

Things To Do In Kentwood

Kentwood and its neighboring areas offer a range of diverse activities. Grand Rapids is a very popular tourist destination with a vibrant nightlife. Great dining opportunities are also available in this area. More locally, the Kentwood recreation department arranges leisure and sports activities to be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Kentwood Transportation

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Kentwood Higher Education

There are several colleges in the vicinity, including Aquinas College, Calvin College and Grand Rapids Community College.


Total Population 50,286
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 25,126
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 45.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.6%
Median Earnings25+ $32,360
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,671
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,691


Median Family Income $60,197
% Above Poverty Level 85.4%
% Below Poverty Level 14.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 28.5%
Median Gross Rent $794
Median House Value $126,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.7%
Irish 8.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kentwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles SE of Wyoming, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 115 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Kent
Metro Area Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland
Standard Zip Codes 49506, 49508, 49512, 49546, 49548
P.O. Box Zip Codes 49518
Phone Area Codes 616
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.869
Longitude -85.644

Kentwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37.1 inches
Station ALLEGAN 5 NE
Distance 21 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 56 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 40.4 inches
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Kentwood, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cascade (49506, 49546)

East Grand Ra (49506)

Kentwood Branch (49528)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Caledonia 1,509 $85,536
East Grand Rapids 11,128 $120,563
Grand Rapids 192,416 $49,728
Grandville 15,739 $67,273

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Kentwood High Schools

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Serves 1,922 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

A Non-traditional School
Serves 246 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

A Special Education School
A Title I School.
Serves 115 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.8

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