Kent is a medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 29,810 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Kent is the 50th largest community in Ohio.
Unlike some cities, Kent isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Kent are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kent is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kent who work in food service (14.90%), sales jobs (13.24%), and teaching (11.87%).
Kent is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Kent have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Kent’s economy is one such example of this.
The education level of Kent ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Kent, 41.38% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Kent in 2010 was $19,420, which is lower middle income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $77,680 for a family of four. However, Kent contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Kent also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.09% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Kent is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Kent home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kent residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Kent include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Kent is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.