Kent, WA
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Living in Kent


Kent is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 128,458 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 (14.22%), sales jobs (10.21%), and management occupations (8.31%).

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 32.12 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Kent is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Kent area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Kent citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.65% of adults in Kent have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Kent in 2010 was $28,636, 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 $114,544 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 15.92% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kent include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Ukrainian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Kent's cultural character, accounting for 29.71% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Kent is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.