Kentwood is located just 30 miles away from beautiful Lake Michigan. The city of Kentwood offers the warm welcome of small town living with easy access to some of southwest Michigan’s finest points of interest. Residents love the city’s outstanding public schools, nearby museums and cultural attractions, and its many beautiful parks.
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Covering roughly 20 square miles and situated just south of the bustling city of Grand Rapids, the charming city of Kentwood provides small-town living while still affording access to many shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. The city is home to 49,000 people, including nearly 20,000 households and 12,000 families. Residents enjoy a healthy economy, with the average household income exceeding $48,000 and the median home value at $163,200.
Kentwood offers quaint charm and a rich cultural experience for visitors and residents alike. Every summer, music lovers have the opportunity to enjoy the Kentwood City Summer Entertainment Series. Concerts are held on the lawn behind the Kentwood City Hall, and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, and beverages. Those living in Kentwood MI also enjoy participating in Celebrate Kentwood, which features a classic car show, music from local talent, and fireworks, and the Breton Street Fair, where visitors can browse the work of local artists and crafters.
Kentwood is home to five trails that meander throughout the city, giving residents plenty of opportunity to enjoy exploring the area by walking or biking. There are nearly half a dozen local parks, including Pinewood Park, which offers a playground, picnic areas, a splash pad, walking paths, and more. Of course, residents also enjoy the close proximity to Lake Michigan, where they can bask in the sun on miles of sandy beaches, climb the massive sand dunes, or set sail and drift away for an afternoon.
Every summer, from July through October, the city hosts its annual farmer’s market. Here, visitors can browse goods from local crafters and artisans, as well as baked goods, locally grown produce, local honey, meat, plants and flowers, bath products, and more.
The Kentwood Public Schools school district offers ten elementary schools, a middle school, a freshman campus, a high school, and several charter schools and private schooling options. Students enjoy robust academic programming and numerous extracurricular activities.
The Kentwood Branch Library, located on Breton Avenue, is a 46,000 square foot library with more than 40 public computers, several meeting rooms, and an array of activities for individuals of all ages and interests. The library offers numerous activities, including weekly toddler time, preschool storytime, family storytime, crafting classes, and other year-round special events.
Kentwood residents enjoy four distinct seasons. The city has warm, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. Temperatures peak in July, reaching an average of 82 degrees, and winter temperatures reach lows of 15 degrees. Kentwood has an average of 78 days each year with measurable precipitation. Residents see an average of 37 inches of rain each year, which is slightly below the national average. Average snowfall each year is around 78 inches. There is an average of 158 sunny days each year.
With its friendly small-town environment, numerous nearby amenities, and abundance of opportunities for community involvement, Kentwood is a wonderful, family-oriented city. Whether you want an easy commute to your workplace, you want to take advantage of some of the best public schools in the state or you simply want to enjoy everything that southwest Michigan has to offer, you’ll love living in Kentwood MI.
To learn more about the city of Kentwood and to learn about available homes in the area, give Doug Hansen a call at 616-485-8955.