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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
    B+
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Kentwood is a suburb of Grand Rapids with a population of 51,154. Kentwood is in Kent County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Kentwood offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Kentwood there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Kentwood and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Kentwood are highly rated.
About Kentwood...
Population
51,154

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$138,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$831
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
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Kentwood 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
    245.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    53.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    70.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    350.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,628.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    128.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Kentwood

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$50,689
National
$55,322
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Kentwood Reviews

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Kentwood is the place to be! The diversity is admirable and is a great city to be raised up in, it truly prepares you for the real world. It's the perfect combination of busy and laid back; you get a mixture of city life and suburb life as well.
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Great place to live. Quiet, safe, and many nearby amenities and attractions to prevent boredom. Personally, I enjoy the many hiking and biking trails around all year long. My one request would be that they plow and salt the paved trails more frequently in the winter, but they do a decent job regardless and I greatly appreciate it!
It is a growing area with more and more restaurants and services being built up. I get accessible to everything I need and enjoy with good security and kind people. The living standard here is in a medium level, and if you enjoy the peaceful life I would highly recommend this place as the best of the bests!