Aviva Directory » Local & Global » North America » United States » States » Michigan » Cities & Towns » Kentwood

The City of Kentwood, Michigan is in lower Kent County, and adjacent to Grand Rapids to the north and west, Wyoming to the west, and the townships of Grand Rapids, Cascade, and Gaines to the north, east, and south, respectively.

Other cities and villages within twenty miles of Kentwood include East Grand Rapids, Caledonia, Grandville, Grand Rapids, Middleville, Hudsonville, Lowell, Walker, Rockford, and Wayland. The census-designated places of Forest Hills and Cutlerville are also nearby.

The chief routes through the city include I-96, M-37 (Broadmoor Avenue), and M-11 (28th Street). US-131 runs north-south just west of the city limits, and M-5 runs east-west just south of Kentwood.

Prior to 1967, Kentwood was known as Paris Township, although an area of the township was locally known as Kentwood prior to that time, and a branch post office carried that name. Residents chose to incorporate as a city in response to the threat of annexation by either East Grand Rapids or Wyoming.

Since Kentwood first appeared on a census roll with a population of 20,310 in 1970, the city grew by nearly fifty percent by 1980, twenty-five percent in 1990, and twenty percent by 2000, slowing to a growth of under eight percent in 2010, and predicted to grow by just under seven percent in 2020. Its slowing growth may be attributed to a decline in available undeveloped land within the city limits.

Kentwood Public Schools is the primary provider of public K-12 education within the city, although portions of the city are served by Caledonia Community Schools, Forest Hills Public Schools, and Kelloggsville Public Schools. The western portion of Calvin University is in the northern part of Kentwood, although the university is considered to be within Grand Rapids. The Richard L. Root Library, a branch of the Kent District Library District, is situated next to an old landfill in Kentwood.

Operated by Georgia-Pacific from 1971 to 2000, the Kentwood Mine is an underground gypsum mine within the city.

The focus of this category is on the city and any businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, sports, and recreational opportunities within the city.


Faith & Spirituality



Recommended Resources

Search for Kentwood on Google or Bing