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Kent County, Michigan

Kent County is a county located in the U.S. State of Michigan. As of 2000, the population is 574,335. Its county seat is Grand Rapids6.

Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,259 km² (872 mi²). 2,217 km² (856 mi²) of it is land and 41 km² (16 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.84% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 574,335 people, 212,890 households, and 144,126 families residing in the county. The population density is 259/km² (671/mi²). There are 224,000 housing units at an average density of 101/km² (262/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 83.13% White, 8.93% African American, 0.52% Native American, 1.86% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 3.34% from other races, and 2.16% from two or more races. 7.00% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 212,890 households out of which 35.80% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% are married couples living together, 11.60% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% are non-families. 25.60% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.00% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.64 and the average family size is 3.20.

In the county the population is spread out with 28.30% under the age of 18, 10.50% from 18 to 24, 31.20% from 25 to 44, 19.70% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $45,980, and the median income for a family is $54,770. Males have a median income of $39,878 versus $27,364 for females. The per capita income for the county is $21,629. 8.90% of the population and 6.30% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 10.20% are under the age of 18 and 7.50% are 65 or older.

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