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Kentwood, Michigan
City of Kentwood
Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Memorial Park
Location within Kent County
Location within Kent County
Kentwood, Michigan is located in Michigan
Kentwood, Michigan
Kentwood, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Kentwood, Michigan is located in the United States
Kentwood, Michigan
Kentwood, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Kent
Incorporated 1967
Government
 • Type City commission
Area
 • Total 20.96 sq mi (54.30 km2)
 • Land 20.91 sq mi (54.17 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation
699 ft (213 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 54,304
 • Density 2,597.0/sq mi (1,002.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49508, 49512, 49548
49546 (Grand Rapids)
Area code(s) 616
FIPS code 26-42820
GNIS feature ID 0629607

Kentwood is a city in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 54,304 as of the 2020 census. The city is bordered on the northwest by Grand Rapids and is the third most-populated municipality in the Grand Rapids metropolitan area.

History

The city was incorporated in 1967 from what remained of Paris Township to prevent further annexation of land from the adjacent cities of Grand Rapids and Wyoming. The city was named after Kent County, which was named after jurist James Kent.

The city's first mayor was Peter M. Lamberts, who served in that post until 1979. Subsequent mayors have included Marvin Hoeflinger (1979–1981), Gerald DeRuiter (1981–1992), Bill Hardiman (1992–2002), Richard Root (2002–2012), Richard Clanton (2012–2013), and Stephen Kepley (2013–present).

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.95 square miles (54.26 km2), of which, 20.90 square miles (54.13 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water. The city is bordered by Wyoming to the west, Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Township to the north, Cascade Township to the east, and Gaines Township to the south.

Climate

The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Dfb" (Warm Summer Continental Climate).

Climate data for Kentwood, Michigan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) -1.1
(30)
0
(32)
5
(41)
12.8
(55)
20
(68)
25
(77)
27.8
(82)
26.7
(80)
21.7
(71)
15.6
(60)
6.7
(44)
0.6
(33)
13.38
(56.1)
Average low °C (°F) -9.4
(15)
-8.3
(17)
-3.3
(26)
1.7
(35)
6.7
(44)
12.8
(55)
15
(59)
13.9
(57)
10
(50)
3.9
(39)
0
(32)
-5
(23)
3.15
(37.7)
Precipitation mm (inches) 56
(2.2)
46
(1.8)
64
(2.5)
76
(3.0)
84
(3.3)
91
(3.6)
76
(3.0)
74
(2.9)
91
(3.6)
71
(2.8)
71
(2.8)
61
(2.4)
861
(33.9)
Source: Weatherbase

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 20,310
1980 30,438 49.9%
1990 37,826 24.3%
2000 45,255 19.6%
2010 48,707 7.6%
2020 54,304 11.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 48,707 people, 19,741 households, and 12,345 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,330.5 inhabitants per square mile (899.8/km2). There were 21,584 housing units at an average density of 1,032.7 per square mile (398.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 70.1% White, 15.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 6.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.5% from other races, and 3.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 8.5% of the population.

There were 19,741 households, of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.5% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the city was 34.3 years. 25.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 11.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $48,335, and the median income for a family was $60,391. The per capita income for the city was $24,261. About 9.8% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.8% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.

Trails

Kentwood has five trails:

  • Paul Henry Rail Trail from 44th Street and Kalamazoo to 60th Street and Wing Avenue
  • East-West Trail from Division Avenue to Breton Avenue
  • Plaster Creek Trail
  • M6 Trail
  • Saddleback Trail

With the exception of the M6 Trail, proposals are being considered to expand each of these trails.

Library

Kentwood is located within the Kent District Library district. The Kentwood Branch Library opened in 2010 on Breton Avenue, next to Kentwood City Hall. The library is located on reclaimed ground from an old landfill. The Environmental Protection Agency and Kent County installed a methane flare to burn excess methane from the decaying landfill in 2015. Previously, the Kentwood Library had been located on Kalamazoo Avenue south of 44th Street.

Kentwood Mine

The Kentwood Mine is an underground gypsum mine in Kentwood, at 42°53′24″N 85°34′44″W / 42.890°N 85.579°W / 42.890; -85.579 (Kentwood Mine). Opened in 1971 and closed in 2000, it was operated by Georgia-Pacific.

Education

Library

Kentwood is located within the Kent District Library district. The Kentwood Branch Library opened in 2010 on Breton Avenue, next to Kentwood City Hall. Mayor Stephen Kepley, who at the time was the City Engineer, was the project manager for the new library. The library was named the Richard L. Root Library after Kentwood's fifth mayor, who led the city commission and residents in approving a dedicated millage for its construction.

The library is located next to an old landfill that received federal funds to make it one of the many superfund sites in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency and Kent County installed a methane flare to burn excess methane from the decaying landfill in 2015. Previously, the Kentwood Library had been located on Kalamazoo Avenue south of 44th Street, on property donated by the Bowen/Stauffer family.

Public schools

The main public school district in Kentwood is the Kentwood Public Schools, consisting of one high school, one freshman campus, three middle schools, ten active elementary schools, and one closed elementary school which has become home to the early childhood programs:

  • East Kentwood High School
  • Crossroads Alternative High School
  • East Kentwood Freshman Campus
  • Crestwood Middle School
  • Pinewood Middle School
  • Valleywood Middle School
  • Bowen Elementary School
  • Brookwood Elementary School
  • Challenger Elementary School
  • Discovery Elementary School
  • Endeavor Elementary School
  • Explorer Elementary School
  • Glenwood Elementary School
  • Meadowlawn Elementary School
  • Southwood Elementary School
  • Townline Elementary School
  • Hamilton Early Childhood Center

Also included within Kentwood's city limits are the Forest Hills Public Schools and Kelloggsville Public Schools.

Notable people

  • Kristen Kish, Season 10 winner of Top Chef
  • Mike Knuble, former NHL hockey player
  • Loy Vaught, former NBA basketball player
  • Joe Warren, two-time Bellator world champion
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