Overview

Introduction to Kentwood, Michigan

Kentwood, Michigan, in Kent county, is 4 miles SE of Wyoming, Michigan and 115 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is part of the surrounding Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland metro area.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population51,525
Male Share of the Population48%
Female Share of the Population52%
Senior Citizens13.2%
Employed Population 16+26,568
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married44.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.9%
Median Earnings25+$34,396
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,006
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,799

Wealth

Median Family Income$64,075
% Above Poverty Level87.8%
% Below Poverty Level12.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone30.6%
Median Gross Rent$871
Median House Value$145,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)33.4%
German14.3%
Dutch12%
Irish6.1%
English6%
Polish4.6%
African4.2%
French Except Basque2.7%
Italian2.5%
Swedish1.2%
Scottish1.1%
Canadian1%
Sudanese0.9%
West Indian0.8%
Norwegian0.7%
Russian0.4%
Liberian0.4%
Haitian0.4%
Latvian0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Somali0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Czech0.2%
Arab0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Greek0.2%
British0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
US/American0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Austrian0.1%
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Kentwood Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kent County
Standard Zip Codes49512, 49548, 49508
P.O. Box Zip Codes49518, 49588
Phone Area Codes616
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude42.96
Approximate Longitude-85.65

Kentwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGRAND RAPIDS INTL AP
Distance6.6 miles
Jan Temp16 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp40 to 60 F
Annual Precip37.1 inches
StationALLEGAN 5 NE
Distance21 miles
Jan Temp14 to 29 F
Apr Temp33 to 56 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp38 to 59 F
Annual Precip40.4 inches
StationHASTINGS
Distance23.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 61 F
Annual Precip35.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Caledonia1,657$88,036
East Grand Rapids11,642$145,129
Grand Rapids197,081$57,937
Grandville15,952$70,087
Walker24,768$78,579
Wyoming75,532$60,727

Kentwood Private Schools

St Mark Lutheran School
1934 52nd St Se
ZIP: 49508
Elementary
Total Enrollment 80
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