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About Gaines Twp, MI.

 
 Like much of Michigan, Gaines is a vibrant, green city home to a wonderful country club, a pair of expansive golf courses, 2 beautiful lakes, a zoo full of all sorts of exotic animals, a fun children's museum, 4 charming little parks and 3 scenic walking trails. The city was first settled by a pioneer named Alexander Clark in 1837, who later brought in friends and family to construct the first buildings in the city. He, his family and his friends quite literally built the town from nothing but random trees in the middle of the Michigan wilderness on a hunch.
 
The city thrived as fertile soil was discovered and is still considered some of the richest soil in the country today. The weather year-round is agreeable as well and borders on enviable, averaging a low of 21 degrees in winter and a high of 71 degrees in the summer. Gaines also has limited snowfall, far below the Michigan average, reaching only 13 inches in January. The average amount of snowfall in Michigan is approximately 20 inches.
 
With just over 25,000 people estimated to live in Gaines, many of the city's residents are in their early 30s and are mostly upper-middle class. In this diverse city, nearly 88% are White, over 5% are Black, nearly 3% are Hispanic and just over 2% are Asian, with most residents being of Dutch descent. Most of the homes in Gaines are fairly recent, having been built in the 1980s, and most are spacious 3-bedroom homes. The city is within the jurisdiction of 3 school districts: Byron Center Public Schools, Caledonia Public Schools and Kentwood Public Schools. Over a third of Gaines residents have completed high school and almost 15% have a bachelor's degree. Most of the residents work in the education, construction, healthcare and metalworking industries.
 

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