Kent is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 127,514 people and 23 constituent neighborhoods, Kent is the seventh largest community in Washington.
Housing costs in Kent are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.
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 sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kent who work in office and administrative support (13.82%), sales jobs (10.33%), and management occupations (8.15%).
Also of interest is that Kent has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In Kent, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.24 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Kent use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Kent‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The education level of Kent citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.19% of adults in Kent have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Kent in 2010 was $27,394, which is middle income relative to Washington, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $109,576 for a family of four. However, Kent contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Kent is an extremely 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 Asian. Kent also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.39% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kent include English, Irish, Norwegian, and Ukrainian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Kent's cultural character, accounting for 28.46% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Kent is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.