Kentwood, Michigan

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Kentwood is a city in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 45,255 at the 2000 census, making it the second most populous suburb of Grand Rapids.

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History

The city was incorporated in 1967 from what remained of Paris Township to prevent further annexation of land from the adjacent cities of Grand Rapids and Wyoming. The city was named after Kent County, which was named after jurist James Kent. The city's first mayor was Peter M Lamberts who served in that post until 1978.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.0 square miles (54.5 km²), all land. The city is bordered by Wyoming to the west, Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Township to the north, Cascade Township to the east, and Gaines Township to the south.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 45,255 people, 18,477 households, and 11,529 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,150.6 per square mile (830.5/km²). There were 19,507 housing units at an average density of 927.0/sq mi (358.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.87% White, 13.09% African American, 0.46% Native American, 5.63% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.42% from other races, and 2.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.88% of the population.

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