Kentwood, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Kentwood, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Kentwood had a population of 51,416 as of July 1, 2016. Kentwood ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Kentwood is located at latitude 42.8849 and longitude -85.5925 in Kent County. The formal boundaries for the City of Kentwood (see map below) encompass a land area of 20.9 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. Kent County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 689 feet.

The City of Kentwood (GNIS ID: 1626558) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Kentwood population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Kentwood, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 51,416
Population in Households 50,935
Population in Familes 39,772
Population in Group Qrtrs 481
Population Density1 2,460
Diversity Index2 59


Total Households 20,796
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 12,841
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 22,198 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,440 (56.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,355 (37.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,402 ( 6.3%)
Median Home Value $134,546
Average Home Value $151,125


Median Household Income $50,249
Average Household Income $62,820
Per Capita Income $25,463
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.87% 1.12%
Households 0.84% 1.13%
Families 0.63% 0.97%
Median Household Income   1.9%
Per Capita Income   1.7%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Kentwood, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Kentwood to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 24 97th
Population Density1 # 103 85th
Diversity Index2 # 25 97th
Median Household Income # 237 66th
Per Capita Income # 223 68th

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