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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Kent is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kent is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kent who work in food service (16.05%), sales jobs (13.01%), and office and administrative support (11.39%).
Because Kent has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Kent lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Kent is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Kent people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.
The education level of Kent ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Kent, 42.35% 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 $19,207, which is lower middle income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,828 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 34.99% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Kent is a somewhat 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.