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Kent County, Michigan
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Location in the state of Michigan
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Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded March 2, 1831
Seat Grand Rapids
Largest city Grand Rapids
Area
 • Total 872.18 sq mi (2,259 km2)
 • Land 856.17 sq mi (2,217 km2)
 • Water 16.01 sq mi (41 km2), 1.84%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 614,462
 • Density 711/sq mi (274.7/km²)
Congressional districts 2nd, 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.accesskent.com
Census Pop.
1840 2,587
1850 12,016 364.5%
1860 30,716 155.6%
1870 50,403 64.1%
1880 73,253 45.3%
1890 109,922 50.1%
1900 129,714 18.0%
1910 159,145 22.7%
1920 183,041 15.0%
1930 240,511 31.4%
1940 246,338 2.4%
1950 288,292 17.0%
1960 363,187 26.0%
1970 411,044 13.2%
1980 444,506 8.1%
1990 500,631 12.6%
2000 574,335 14.7%
2010 602,622 4.9%
Est. 2012 614,462 2.0%
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Packing Options
  • Full Service Packing - All items in your home are packed by our trustworthy household movers using the most up-to-date packing methods and materials in the industry.
  • Fragile Packing - You define your breakable or high-value items such as dishes, glassware, artwork, fragile furniture, mirrors, etc. and we will professionally pack them with care, while you pack all of your other belongings.
  • Do It Yourself Packing - Rose can provide boxes and materials to make your job as easy as possible.
Basic Household Moving Services
  • Loading - Each of your belongings is labeled, inventoried and loaded in a systematic process. Additionally, all upholstered furniture is wrapped in stretch wrap, a strong, clear plastic that completely covers the furniture, protecting it from dirt and damage.
  • Transportation - All of our trailers are equipped with air-ride suspension systems to ensure the contents travel in the safest manner possible. All trucks are driven by professional household movers with the best training in the industry.
  • Unloading - Upon arrival, all items are inventoried as they are unloaded. When unloading, furniture, boxes and other belongings are placed in the rooms you designate. Assembly of beds, bookcases and other furniture is available upon request. Additionally, our household movers will protect your new home by using several types of floor runners to prevent stains or scratches on carpet and wood flooring.
Belleville MI 48111
Easy, quick and prompt A+ service
Ross made the move wonderful. Got the quote on time & final bill was little le$$!!! and driver was on time for pick-up and delivery. Highly recommended!!!
December 01, 2014
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Senior Friendly Moving Company
I moved my 92 year old mother from our home in northeastern OH to Colorado Springs.  After interviewing 3 moving cos., we decided to go with Allied - Rose Moving was the company which actually moved her belongings, not the local Allied franchise.  This was a littler disconcerting for me at first, since I had expected that the local company I had chosen would be the actual movers - there are always so many ways that a partial load move can get screwed up.  However, my fears were groundless.  My only point of contact with Rose was Jeff Hayes, the driver, and he was friendly, professional and very efficient.  My mother moved into a senior retirement home and Jeff was very respectful of the needs of the other residents (regarding noise and blocking entrances), which was a relief - didn't want to make a bad first impression for my mom with her new neighbors!  What's more, unlike the representatives from the other movers, Jeff interacted with my mom (who was the one who was actually paying for the move) - the others seemed to ignore my mom and only address their remarks to me.  I have noticed this type of disrespectful behavior when seniors are concerned and dislike it.

Although there was a small glitch along the way, Jeff's only concern was to do whatever it took to make it right - there was no knee-jerk reaction of "It's not my fault" which seems to be very common nowadays.  This glitch was resolved satisfactorily.

All in all, this was an unexpectedly pleasant and worry-free ( or as close as any move can come to being worry-free) move.  If Rose's other drivers are similar in caliber to Jeff, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Rose to anyone who is planning a move.
March 10, 2013
Great Moving Experience!
I used Rose Moving out of Belleville for my move to Texas.  I can say this was a great move from start to finish.  No complaints from me, and I am a very fussy person.  Would definetly use again.  5 stars!

P.S. Tawny was great to work with in the office.
January 16, 2013



Kent (Get Movers Prices for Kent, MI) is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is part of the Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI Mover Reviews)–Wyoming Metropolitan Statistical Area. Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, Michigan Relocation Companies) 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 (Get Moving Prices for Kent, MI) 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.

History

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 (Kalamazoo, MI Moving Companies). 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.

Demographics

The Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI Relocation Companies)

As of the census of 2000, there were 574,335 people, 212,890 households, and 144,126 families residing in the county. The current estimated population is 604,323. The population density was 671 people per square mile (259/km²). There were 224,000 housing units at an average density of 262 per square mile (101/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.13% White, 8.93% Black or 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 were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 19.6% reported being of Dutch ancestry; 14.9% German, 7.6% English, 7.4% Irish, 7.1% Polish and 5.5% American ancestry according to the 2000 census. 90.0% spoke only English at home, while 6.0% spoke Spanish.

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

The age distribution of the county was as follows:28.30% were 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 were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.70 males.

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

Geography

Long Lake Park, in Solon (Solon, Michigan Relocation)

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 872.18 square miles (2,258.9 km2), of which 856.17 square miles (2,217.5 km2) (or 98.16%) is land and 16.01 square miles (41.5 km2) (or 1.84%) is water. The highest point in Kent County is Fisk Knob Park, in Solon (Solon, MI Relocation Company), at 1048 feet.

Rivers

The Grand River flows through the county from its eastern border to the west, and after passing through Ottawa (Ottawa, MI Moving Companies), empties into Lake Michigan at Grand Haven. It has three tributaries in Kent County, listed in order of convergence:

Trails

These hiking and biking trails run through the county:

  • North Country Trail, runs north/south the length of the county, passing through Cedar Springs (Cedar Springs, MI Movers), Grattan and Lowell. Lowell is the half-way point of the trail, and the national headquarters of the North Country Trail Association is located here.
  • Thornapple Trail, begins in Kentwood and runs southeast through Dutton and Caledonia (Caledonia, MI Movers).
  • White Pine Trail begins in Comstock Park and runs northeast through Belmont, Rockford, Cedar Springs (Cedar Springs, Michigan Moving Companies), and Sand Lake.
  • Kent Trails (which is singular in spite of the 's') runs north/south from John Ball Park in Grand Rapids to 84th Street in Byron (Byron, Michigan Movers), with an extension that runs east/west along 76th Street and north/south from 76th Street to Douglas Walker Park on 84th street.
  • The Frederik Meijer Trail, which, as of November, 2008, was incomplete, runs east/west mostly along the M-6 freeway and will connect the Kent Trails and the Thornapple Trail when completed.
  • Cannon (Cannon, Michigan Moving) Trail runs through Cannon (Cannon, Michigan Moving Companies) in the eastern part of the county from Cannon (Cannon, Michigan Moving Company) Center on M-44. It runs along M-44 then south near Sunfish Lake Road, turning east through the Cannonsburg Cemetery, and ends at Warren Townsend Park near Cannonsburg.

Adjacent counties

Transportation

Air service

Bus service

  • Public bus transportation is provided by the Interurban Transit Partnership, which brands itself as "The Rapid". Transportation is also provided by the DASH buses: the "Downtown Area Shuttle". These provide transportation to and from the parking lots in the city of Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, Michigan Mover Reviews) to various designated loading and unloading spots around the city.

Railroad

  • Amtrak provides direct train service to Chicago from the passenger station via the Pere Marquette line. Freight service is provided by CN, CSX Transportation, and by a local short-line railroad, the Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI Moving Companies) Eastern Railroad.

Highways

  • I-96
  • I-196 (Gerald R. Ford Freeway)
  • I-296 is unsigned and runs concurrently with US 131, in part, in Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, Michigan Mover Reviews).
  • US 131
  • M-6 (Paul B. Henry Freeway, South Beltline Freeway)
  • M-11
  • M-21
  • M-37
  • M-44
  • M-46
  • M-50
  • M-57

County-Designated Highways

  • A-45
  • B-72

Major businesses

These corporations are headquartered in Kent (Get Movers Cost for Kent, MI), in the following communities:

Government

The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions—police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc.—are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

Kent (Get Moving Quote for Kent, MI) elected officials

(information as of post-2008 election)

Politics

Kent (Get Movers Estimate for Kent, MI) has historically been a stronghold of the Republican Party, and usually supports its candidates for local and federal office. In 2008, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama narrowly carried the county, receiving 149,909 votes (49.34% of the total) to Republican John McCain's 148,336 (48.83%). In contrast, Obama received 57.4% of the vote statewide.

In 2004, Republic (Republic, MI Moving Reviews)an president George W. Bush received 171,201 votes (58.85%) to Democrat John Kerry's 116,909 (40.19%).

In 2000, Bush received 148,602 votes (59.37%) to Democrat Al Gore's 95,442 (38.13%).

Cities, villages, and townships

A Public Land Survey System survey of Kent (Get Movers Quote for Kent, MI) in 1885, showing 24 named townships and sectional subdivisions.

Townships

(* denotes Charter status)

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