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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    D
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Kent County is located in Michigan with a population of 636,376. Kent County is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Kent County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Kent County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Kent County and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Kent County are highly rated.
Population
636,376

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$153,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$828
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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Kent County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    320.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    74.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    120.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    338
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,665.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    176.5
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Kent County

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$57,302
National
$55,322

Kent County Reviews

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When I moved to Kent County I was worried because I didn't know anymore and all my life I lived near family. But when I moved here, I felt more comfortable and everyone is nice. As years passed by, you tend to get to know what's around the neighborhood and schools are really close. Not only there are really good schools, but parent don't need to worry because their children are safe. It benefits a lot of residents that don't have a car because stores are really near and it's walkable. Also, parents can walk their kids to school and make sure their safe.
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The Greater Grand Rapids area (and Grand Rapids city proper) is an excellent place to live. The majority of the population is kind, neighborly, and sympathetic. Living costs are very affordable, and there is no shortage of available, affordable housing. There are jobs for those who look for them. There is always something to do in town, and if you ever get bored of the local beaches, Lake Michigan is 40 minutes away! The food/drink scene is fantastic, and new businesses grow every year. This area is becoming a cuisine hub and already is a beer hub (Beer City, USA!) and an art capital in the fall. Hands down, this is one of the best places to live, to raise a family, or to visit, and I could never stay away.
The local business around the smallish town of Ada, MI is flourishing with small business owners who you will also run into at the gym Saturday mornings. The stores most frequented by everyone in this town are the ones owned by their neighbors. You can greet Linda who lives next door as you buy flowers from the shop, Kennedy's, she's owned for 30 years! It's great the live in an area where the local community is so supportive.

The local grocery store, Forest Hills Foods, was recently bought by Spartan Foods, but it has still been able to maintain its small town charm. It's the running joke that you cannot go there without seeing at least three people you know, and in my thirteen years of living here I can say it has held true. Everything you need is bike ride away, the grocery store, pharmacy, coffee shop, gym, and art theater are all on the same block.

Nothing is nicer or more welcoming than the businesses and they're owners that are flourishing here daily.