Place:Kent, Michigan, United States

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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. Grand Rapids is the county seat. As of the 2010 census, the county had a population of 602,622. 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. It was set off in 1831, and organized in 1836.

Kent County is the economic and manufacturing center of West Michigan, with the Steelcase corporation based in the county. It is also the home of the Frederik Meijer Gardens, a significant cultural landmark of the Midwest. The county is a traditional stronghold for the Republican Party, with a substantial conservative population, although the 2008 Presidential Election marked the first time since 1964 a Democratic Presidential candidate received more votes than his Republican opponent. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is located within the county.

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History

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The Grand River 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. After the War of 1812, Rix Robinson and Louis Campau were the earliest traders in the area.

In 1831, it was set off from Kalamazoo 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.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1831 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1840 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1845 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1854 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1867 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1898 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1840 2,587
1850 12,016
1860 30,716
1870 50,403
1880 73,253
1890 109,922
1900 129,714
1910 159,145
1920 183,041
1930 240,511
1940 246,338
1950 288,292
1960 363,187
1970 411,044
1980 444,506
1990 500,631

Research Tips

The present extent of Kent County was historically divided into 24 land survey townships in a grid 4 (east-west) by 6 (north-south). (1885 map) Of those 24 townships, 21 remain as political townships. Wyoming Township became the City of Wyoming in 1959. Walker Township became the City of Walker in 1962. Paris Township became the City of Kentwood in 1967.

External links

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