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County residents quick to order snowplow help

February 8, 2016
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Compared to other U.S. counties, Kent County residents are ready to pay for snowplowing services after seeing a small amount of snow accumulate.

Kent County residents request professional snowplow services after 1.49 inches of snow, the sixth-quickest response in the nation, according to a study by Thumbtack, a consumer services website.

Hampden County in Massachusetts has the quickest response, calling for help after 0.67 inches of snowfall.

Erie County in New York, where Buffalo is located, is the slowest to call for snowplowing services, waiting until 9.7 inches of snow hit.

Other Michigan counties

Thumbtack’s study revealed that Muskegon County residents call for a plow after 1.68 inches of snowfall, the seventh-quickest response time.

Macomb County request snow removal after 1.95 inches of snow, the ninth-quickest response time.

Oakland County typically request snow-removal services after 3.06 inches of snowfall, and Wayne County looks for relief after 4.12 inches of snowfall.


Thumbtack compiled data by using historical snowfall numbers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the county level.

Thumbtack then cross-referenced that information with the number of requests for snow-removal services made on its site that day.


Thumbtack, founded in 2009, is a consumer services website that offers customers access to a database of local professional services in their areas.

San Francisco-based Thumbtack delivers customized quotes and reviews for consumers to make an educated decision on hiring a qualified professional.

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