Kent County, Michigan

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Kent County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is part of the Grand RapidsWyoming Metropolitan Statistical Area. In the 2000 census, the county had a population of 574,335. The 2008 Census estimate placed the county population at 605,213. The county seat is Grand Rapids. It is named for New York jurist and legal scholar James Kent, who represented the Michigan Territory in its dispute with Ohio over the Toledo Strip.

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History

The Grand River, the largest river in Michigan, runs through the county. On its west bank are burial mounds, remnants of the Hopewell Indians who once lived there. The valley of the river served as an important center for the fur trade in the early 19th century. In 1831, it was set off from Mackinac County. In 1838, Grand Rapids incorporated as the county's first village. By the end of the century, stimulated by the construction of several sawmills, the area was a significant center for agriculture, logging, and manufacturing furniture.

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