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  2. Housing
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  3. Nightlife
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  4. Good for Families
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  5. Diversity
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  6. Jobs
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  7. Weather
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  8. Cost of Living
    B
  9. Health & Fitness
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  10. Outdoor Activities
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  11. Commute
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Kent County is located in Michigan with a population of 643,140. Kent County is one of the best places to live in Michigan. In Kent County, 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
643,140

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$163,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$871
National
$949
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

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

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
$60,351
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.
I love being a part of Kent County. The population is extremely diverse, and everyone is so welcoming. I am glad to call Kent County my home.