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Kent County, Michigan (MI)

County population in 2014: 629,237 (84% urban, 16% rural); it was 574,335 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 115,249
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 43,052
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 149,719
Renter-occupied apartments: 68,938 (it was 63,171 in 2000)
% of renters here:

30%
State:

28%

Land area: 856 sq. mi.

Water area: 16.0 sq. mi.

Population density: 735 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Kent County: 85.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (26.2%), Educational, health and social services (21.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 74%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 22%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Kent County, Michigan:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (76.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (9.7%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (9.4%)
  • Asian alone (2.3%)
  • Two or more races (2.2%)
Median resident age:  34.0 years
Michigan median age:  38.0 years
Males: 308,135  (49.0%)
Females: 321,102  (51.0%)

Kent County,MI real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Kent County:

2.0 people
Michigan:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $54,340 ($45,980 in 1999)

This county:

$54,340
Michigan:

$51,084

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $687 (lower quartile is $578, upper quartile is $852)
This county:

$687
State:

$660


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $151,200 (it was $111,600 in 2000)
Kent:

$151,200
Michigan:

$137,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $104,100 - $226,600

Mean price in 2015:

Detached houses: $193,958
Here:

$193,958
State:

$180,906

Townhouses or other attached units: $157,057
Here:

$157,057
State:

$159,351

In 2-unit structures: $112,929
Here:

$112,929
State:

$99,779

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $117,831
Here:

$117,831
State:

$124,845

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $185,963
Here:

$185,963
State:

$145,414

Mobile homes: $41,938
Here:

$41,938
State:

$50,337
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,195
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $459

Institutionalized population: 4,557

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 44
  • Robberies: 48
  • Assaults: 261
  • Burglaries: 1062
  • Thefts: 2872
  • Auto thefts: 194

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 3
  • Rapes: 56
  • Robberies: 35
  • Assaults: 269
  • Burglaries: 1180
  • Thefts: 2864
  • Auto thefts: 199
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Health of residents in Kent County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.6. This is about average.
77.3% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
45.7% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
79.4% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is about average.
77.0% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 198 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 162 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 2697 buildings, average cost: $133,700
  • 2001: 2938 buildings, average cost: $144,200
  • 2002: 2879 buildings, average cost: $146,400
  • 2003: 3008 buildings, average cost: $156,800
  • 2004: 3049 buildings, average cost: $159,900
  • 2005: 2632 buildings, average cost: $168,500
  • 2006: 1736 buildings, average cost: $181,000
  • 2007: 1185 buildings, average cost: $188,200
  • 2008: 781 buildings, average cost: $192,300
  • 2009: 620 buildings, average cost: $185,900
  • 2010: 689 buildings, average cost: $176,900
  • 2011: 721 buildings, average cost: $193,100
  • 2012: 939 buildings, average cost: $201,700
  • 2013: 1137 buildings, average cost: $233,800
  • 2014: 1281 buildings, average cost: $226,900

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $2,424 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $2,140 (1.5%)

Kent County household income distribution in 2009 Kent County home values distribution Kent County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 14.6%
(10.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.0% for Black residents, 24.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 39.6% for American Indian residents, 13.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 23.7% for other race residents, 29.7% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 14.6%
Kent County:

14.6%
Michigan:

15.8%
(10.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.0% for Black residents, 24.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 41.1% for American Indian residents, 13.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 23.7% for other race residents, 29.7% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 35 years old
(Males: 34 years old, Females: 36 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 38 years old, Black residents: 29 years old, American Indian residents: 25 years old, Asian residents: 31 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 25 years old)

Area name: Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Kent County is $564 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $679 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $866 a month.

Cities in this county include: Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Kentwood, Walker, Forest Hills, Grandville, Cutlerville, Northview, East Grand Rapids, Comstock Park.

Kent County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2012 air pollution in Kent County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.279 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.028 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 12.8 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 9.6 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.001 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Cumberland County, Maine , Columbia County, Wisconsin , Cedar County, Nebraska , Grant County, Wisconsin , Gooding County, Idaho , Jerome County, Idaho , Sauk County, Wisconsin .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.1%
Michigan:

4.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 34,031
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 84.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 25.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 38,154 (32% naturalized citizens)

Kent County:

6.6%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 14,770
  • 1990 to 1994: 7,529
  • 1985 to 1989: 4,785
  • 1980 to 1984: 2,986
  • 1975 to 1979: 1,778
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,121
  • 1970 to 1974: 813
  • 1965 to 1969: 4,372
Note: State values scaled to Kent County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 91.0%

Kent County marital status for males Kent County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 142,341
  • One, attached: 10,303
  • Two: 13,580
  • 3 or 4: 8,518
  • 5 to 9: 9,792
  • 10 to 19: 13,900
  • 20 or more: 14,472
  • Mobile homes: 11,069
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 25

Housing units in Kent County with a mortgage: 92,210 (7,267 second mortgage, 13,926 home equity loan, 413 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 32,904

Here:

73.7% with mortgage
State:

69.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Kent County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant141,345354
Catholic114,43737
Mainline Protestant47,892117
Other15,67441
Black Protestant8,45411
Orthodox1,7306
None273,090-
Kent County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 118
Kent County:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 18
Here:

0.30 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 54
This county:

0.90 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 130
Kent County:

2.16 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 403
This county:

6.69 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Kent County:

8.6%
Michigan:

9.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Kent County:

28.1%
State:

29.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.7%
State:

13.4%

Agriculture in Kent County:

Average size of farms: 143 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $123,490
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1012.17
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 43.72%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 24.54%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $98,766
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 64.36%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 7.57%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $71,537
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 86.96%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 15.90
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 40.26%
Corn for grain: 35989 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 4815 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 18577 harvested acres
Vegetables: 2,281 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 11,384 acres

Earthquake activity:

Kent County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Michigan state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 247.1 miles away from Kent County center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 286.5 miles away from the county center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 335.6 miles away from the county center
On 7/12/1986 at 08:19:37, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 181.3 miles away from the county center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 311.7 miles away from Kent County center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 342.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Michigan Flooding, Incident Period: April 16, 2013 to May 15, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4121: June 18, 2013, FEMA Id: 4121, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Michigan Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3225: September 07, 2005, FEMA Id: 3225, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Michigan Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: May 20, 2004 to June 08, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1527: June 30, 2004, FEMA Id: 1527, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Michigan Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 11, 2000 to December 31, 2000, Emergency Declared EM-3160: January 10, 2001, FEMA Id: 3160, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Michigan Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 02, 1999 to January 15, 1999, Emergency Declared EM-3137: January 27, 1999, FEMA Id: 3137, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Michigan Severe Storms And Straight-Line Winds, Incident Period: May 29, 1998 to May 31, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1226: June 24, 1998, FEMA Id: 1226, Natural disaster type: Storm, Wind
  • Michigan SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: September 10, 1986 to October 10, 1986, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-774: September 18, 1986, FEMA Id: 774, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Michigan Blizzards and Snowstorms, Incident Period: January 27, 1978, Emergency Declared EM-3057: January 27, 1978, FEMA Id: 3057, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Blizzard
  • Michigan Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Icing, Flooding, Incident Period: March 19, 1976, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-495: March 19, 1976, FEMA Id: 495, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Michigan TORNADOES, SEVERE STORMS, Incident Period: April 14, 1965, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-190: April 14, 1965, FEMA Id: 190, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado

The number of natural disasters in Kent County (10) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 4

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Manufacturing (11%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Manufacturing (13%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (14%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Material moving occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (31%)
  • Vietnam (10%)
  • Guatemala (6%)
  • Netherlands (5%)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (5%)
  • Korea (5%)
  • Canada (5%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Kent County (%):

  • Dutch (20%)
  • German (15%)
  • English (8%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • Polish (7%)
  • United States or American (6%)
  • Italian (2%)

Kent County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 236,947 (83%)
  • Carpooled: 27,040 (10%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2,845 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 13 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 44 (0%)
  • Railroad: 43 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 47 (0%)
  • Taxi: 268 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 73 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 669 (0%)
  • Walked: 5,945 (2%)
  • Other means: 1,800 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 8,502 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Kent County, Michigan in 2000:

  • 3,953 people in nursing homes
  • 3,792 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 995 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 856 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 684 people in other group homes
  • 405 people in halfway houses
  • 379 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 300 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 226 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 200 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 199 people in religious group quarters
  • 193 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 130 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 126 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 104 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 92 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 68 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 68 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 48 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 37 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 31 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 30 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 28 people in state prisons
  • 26 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 23 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 20 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 2 people in homes for the physically handicapped

People in group quarters in Kent County, Michigan in 2010:

  • 3,811 people in college/university student housing
  • 3,082 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 1,242 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 935 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 490 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 489 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 399 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 365 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 229 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 212 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 87 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 12 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $56,483.

4.94% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,512 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.94%
Michigan average:

5.09%


0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($185 average AGI)
Kent County:

0.03%
Michigan average:

0.03%

3.34% relocated from other counties in Michigan ($22,428 average AGI)
1.57% relocated from other states ($14,899 average AGI)
Kent County:

1.57%
Michigan average:

1.52%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Ottawa County, MI  0.86% ($34,430 average AGI)
from Allegan County, MI  0.23% ($34,241)
from Montcalm County, MI  0.20% ($28,253)
from Muskegon County, MI  0.17% ($29,220)
from Kalamazoo County, MI  0.16% ($36,874)
from Ionia County, MI  0.13% ($29,127)
from Oakland County, MI  0.13% ($51,338)


4.87% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($40,250 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.87%
Michigan average:

5.58%


0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($700 average AGI)
Kent County:

0.05%
Michigan average:

0.05%

2.76% relocated to other counties in Michigan ($22,534 average AGI)
2.06% relocated to other states ($17,016 average AGI)
Kent County:

2.06%
Michigan average:

2.00%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Ottawa County, MI  0.77% ($51,397 average AGI)
to Montcalm County, MI  0.19% ($27,282)
to Allegan County, MI  0.18% ($42,372)
to Kalamazoo County, MI  0.14% ($30,535)
to Ionia County, MI  0.13% ($31,129)
to Cook County, IL  0.13% ($34,192)
to Oakland County, MI  0.11% ($42,614)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 17.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.9
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 14.7

Births per 1000 population in Kent County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 7.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Kent County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 6.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Kent County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 12.3%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 4.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Kent County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Kent County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 76,104 (62,023 aged, 14,081 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 10,701 (6%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Kent County, Michigan in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (6,020)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (3,930)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (3,125)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (2,623)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (2,592)
  • Unspecified dementia (2,358)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1,791)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,745)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (1,492)
  • Congestive heart failure (1,481)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.51
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 12,939
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 241
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 36,822

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,513
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 724
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 9

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 55
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 79

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 34.0. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 17.0
  • Cut/Pierce - 6.8
  • Other - 10.2

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 83.5. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 35.5
  • Suffocation - 20.9
  • Poisoning - 19.2
  • Other - 8.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 591,269
  • In family households: 494,442 (107,276 male householders, 44,873 female householders)
    113,538 spouses, 187,583 children (174,339 natural, 5,625 adopted, 7,619 stepchildren), 9,613 grandchildren, 5,373 brothers or sisters, 3,614 parents, 6,000 other relatives, 14,066 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 96,827 (34,352 male householders (25,583 living alone)), 40,738 female householders (33,499 living alone)), 21,737 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 11,353 (4,557 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 61,473 2-persons, 33,671 3-persons, 31,192 4-persons, 15,918 5-persons, 6,176 6-persons, 3,719 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 59,082 1-person, 12,392 2-persons, 2,166 3-persons, 1,000 4-persons, 314 5-persons, 96 6-persons, 40 7-or-more-persons.

113,885 married couples with children.
36,266 single-parent households (6,997 men, 29,269 women).

89.8% of residents of Kent County speak English at home.
6.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (48% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 22% speak English not well, 11% don't speak English at all).
2.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (66% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (40% speak English very well, 32% speak English well, 23% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak other language at home (62% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $2,491,186,000 ($4,195 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $174,042,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $1,091,154,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $495,506,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,937,000
Federal grants: $484,380,000
Federal procurement contracts: $198,949,000 ($127,129,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $214,260,000 ($25,029,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $18,396,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $377,472,000
Federal Government insurance: $100,356,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 48,836
Here:

82 per 1000 residents
State:

68 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 21,382
Here:

36 per 1000 residents
State:

45 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +12,098
Here:

+20 per 1000 residents
State:

+12 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -16,604
Here -28 per 1000 residents
State -16 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Kent County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 51.34 millions of gallons per day (12% from ground, 88% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 1,146
  • 2010 to 2013: 4,702
  • 2000 to 2009: 27,773
  • 1990 to 1999: 36,099
  • 1980 to 1989: 31,896
  • 1970 to 1979: 34,797
  • 1960 to 1969: 27,419
  • 1950 to 1959: 31,311
  • 1940 to 1949: 13,407
  • 1939 or earlier: 41,407
Note: State values scaled to Kent population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Kent County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Kent County population
  • 1 room: 74
  • 2 rooms: 984
  • 3 rooms: 3,552
  • 4 rooms: 12,001
  • 5 rooms: 27,584
  • 6 rooms: 32,852
  • 7 rooms: 28,107
  • 8 rooms: 20,117
  • 9+ rooms: 24,448
  • 1 room: 2,990
  • 2 rooms: 6,043
  • 3 rooms: 13,566
  • 4 rooms: 16,615
  • 5 rooms: 12,328
  • 6 rooms: 5,944
  • 7 rooms: 2,980
  • 8 rooms: 1,549
  • 9+ rooms: 1,156
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Kent County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Kent County population
  • no bedroom: 326
  • 1 bedroom: 3,464
  • 2 bedrooms: 31,598
  • 3 bedrooms: 74,818
  • 4 bedrooms: 32,636
  • 5+ bedrooms: 6,877
  • no bedroom: 3,501
  • 1 bedroom: 21,137
  • 2 bedrooms: 26,650
  • 3 bedrooms: 9,176
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,076
  • 5+ bedrooms: 631
Cars and other vehicles available in Kent County, Michigan in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Kent County population
  • no vehicle: 4,919
  • 1 vehicle: 39,260
  • 2 vehicles: 73,958
  • 3 vehicles: 22,591
  • 4 vehicles: 6,584
  • 5+ vehicles: 2,407
  • no vehicle: 10,062
  • 1 vehicle: 32,429
  • 2 vehicles: 16,465
  • 3 vehicles: 3,025
  • 4 vehicles: 739
  • 5+ vehicles: 451

54% of Kent County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 67% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 59% lived in Michigan.

Kent County:

53.8%
State average:

58.3%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 434,280
  • Northeast: 14,069
  • Midwest: 43,381
  • South: 27,398
  • West: 12,478

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $117,200


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Kent County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (88.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.5%)
  • Electricity (1.9%)
  • Wood (0.8%)
  • Utility gas (81.6%)
  • Electricity (12.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.1%)
  • Other fuel (1.7%)
  • No fuel used (1.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.8%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 12,091
Here:

16.3%
Michigan:

11.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 5,532
Here:

15.1%
Michigan:

8.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 9,698
Here:

33.9%
Michigan:

16.5%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Kent County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - General - Other: $8,860,000
    Regular Highways: $8,345,000
    Air Transportation: $5,496,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $4,710,000
    Local Fire Protection: $171,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $127,715,000
    Regular Highways: $45,599,000
    Solid Waste Management: $43,394,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $37,200,000
    Correctional Institutions: $29,616,000
    General - Other: $24,887,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $20,611,000
    Police Protection: $19,558,000
    Air Transportation: $15,858,000
    Financial Administration: $9,869,000
    Parks and Recreation: $8,303,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,771,000
    General Public Buildings: $2,659,000
    Sewerage: $2,125,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,056,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,036,000
    Local Fire Protection: $352,000
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Stocks: $168,048,000
    Corporate Bonds: $53,616,000
    Benefit Payments: $16,034,000
    Withdrawals: $222,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $221,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $14,411,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Health - Other: $856,000
    Parks and Recreation: $315,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $91,280,000

Kent County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $48,834,000
    Air Transportation: $29,230,000
    All Other: $20,425,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,385,000
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $21,130,000
    From Parent Local Government: $6,742,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $6,079,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $2,384,000
    Air Transportation: $2,315,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,509,000
    Public Welfare: $385,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $3,638,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $15,816,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $14,164,000
    Rents: $3,048,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $3,002,000
    Special Assessments: $1,721,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $681,000
    Sale of Property: $558,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $108,172,000
    Highways: $56,554,000
    All Other: $26,903,000
    Public Welfare: $12,729,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,868,000
    General Local Government Support: $0
  • Tax - Property: $127,236,000
    Other Selective Sales: $4,472,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $3,200,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $725,000
    Other License: $718,000

Kent County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $325,303,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $290,210,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $129,463,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $124,284,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $105,393,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $70,300,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $5,179,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $58,200,000
    End of Fiscal Year: $48,300,000

Kent County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,479,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Federal Securities: $135,237,000
    Total Other Securities: $118,370,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $275,112,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $124,918,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 12,316
  • Number of aged recipients: 768
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 11,548
  • Number of recipients under 18: 2,756
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 7,995
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,565
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 4,059
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 5,925
Kent County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Kent County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 126 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2,847$109,6692,801$134,19813,455$151,358556$47,93215$946,400785$94,554158$51,671
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED188$101,936186$108,8821,119$154,76347$41,0640$063$87,46047$36,638
APPLICATIONS DENIED547$97,755458$108,7623,727$153,054404$32,4032$241,500287$90,864110$62,373
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN399$101,529385$125,9953,061$147,58598$47,9390$0128$86,42222$80,636
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS67$99,95588$134,920692$152,71242$61,9290$046$104,5227$58,571
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 120 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED539$148,878416$161,8614$143,7500$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED142$166,077202$177,7234$95,0001$50,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED130$146,94698$172,1842$145,0001$52,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN47$118,55367$173,8213$136,0000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS15$135,2678$159,5001$21,0000$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Kent County, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John3,88176.5 years
Mary2,56279.4 years
William2,54175.2 years
Robert2,47571.3 years
James1,97771.6 years
Charles1,54374.8 years
Helen1,48481.6 years
George1,46176.4 years
Dorothy1,41578.7 years
Edward1,33575.7 years
Most common last names in Kent County, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith1,11975.5 years
Johnson95676.2 years
Brown58574.4 years
Miller57976.4 years
Williams46273.3 years
Anderson43177.3 years
Jones38373.3 years
Devries32877.2 years
Davis31674.8 years
Wilson30074.6 years
Businesses in Kent County, MI
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven8KFC10
ALDI5Kincaid4
ALDO2Kmart2
AMF Bowling2Knights Inn1
AT&T11Kohl's3
Abercrombie & Fitch1Kroger3
Abercrombie Kids1La-Z-Boy3
Ace Hardware6Lane Bryant3
Advance Auto Parts7Lane Furniture15
Aeropostale2LensCrafters1
American Eagle Outfitters2Little Caesars Pizza19
Ann Taylor2Long John Silver's4
Apple Store1Lowe's3
Applebee's7Macy's2
Arby's14Marriott6
Audi1Marshalls2
AutoZone11MasterBrand Cabinets31
Avenue1Maurices2
BMW1Mazda2
Bakers1McDonald's30
Banana Republic2Meijer14
Barnes & Noble2Men's Wearhouse3
Baskin-Robbins1Menards3
Bath & Body Works4Motel 62
Baymont Inn3Motherhood Maternity5
Bed Bath & Beyond3New Balance17
Best Western1New York & Co2
Blockbuster11Nike24
Brookstone1Nissan2
Budget Car Rental2Nordstrom1
Buffalo Wild Wings4Office Depot2
Burger King21OfficeMax4
Buybuy BABY1Old Country Buffet1
CVS6Old Navy2
Cache1Olive Garden3
Carson Pirie Scott1On The Border2
Casual Male XL1Outback3
Catherines1Outback Steakhouse3
Charlotte Russe2Pac Sun2
Chevrolet5Panera Bread7
Chico's2Papa John's Pizza6
Chipotle1Payless7
Chuck E. Cheese's2Penske5
Cinnabon 1PetSmart2
Clarion1Pier 1 Imports3
Cold Stone Creamery4Pizza Hut13
Coldwater Creek1Plato's Closet2
Comfort Inn1Popeyes1
Comfort Suites3Pottery Barn1
Costco2Qdoba Mexican Grill6
Cracker Barrel1Quality2
Curves8Quiznos9
DHL4RadioShack6
Dairy Queen4Ramada1
Days Inn1Red Lobster2
Deb4Red Robin2
Decora Cabinetry2Red Roof Inn1
Dennys3Rite Aid13
Discount Tire6Ruby Tuesday1
Domino's Pizza5Rue212
DressBarn2Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing2
Dressbarn3SAS Shoes4
Dunkin Donuts3SONIC Drive-In2
Econo Lodge1Sam's Club2
Eddie Bauer2Sears8
Express2Sephora1
Extended Stay America1Shoe Carnival1
Famous Footwear1Sleep Inn1
Fashion Bug2Spencer Gifts2
FedEx76Sprint Nextel28
Finish Line2Staples3
Firestone Complete Auto Care3Starbucks28
Foot Locker2Steak 'n Shake5
Ford7Subaru1
Forever 211Subway36
GNC11Super 82
GameStop7T-Mobile17
Gap2T.G.I. Driday's4
Goodwill2T.J.Maxx2
Gymboree2Taco Bell15
H&R Block21Talbots1
Haworth2Target4
Hilton5The Limited1
Hobby Lobby3Toyota2
Holiday Inn8Toys"R"Us3
Hollister Co.2Travelodge1
Home Depot4True Value2
Honda2U-Haul17
Hot Topic2UPS129
Howard Johnson1Value City Furniture1
Hyundai1Vans5
IHOP4Verizon Wireless8
J. Jill2Victoria's Secret2
J.Crew1Volkswagen2
JCPenney2Walgreens21
JoS. A. Bank2Walmart3
Jones New York15Wendy's23
Journeys2Wet Seal1
Justice3YMCA7

Kent County on our top lists:

  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest carbon monoxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #56 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #87 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #100 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #100 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations"