Kent, WA
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Kent is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 126,952 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 (14.48%), sales jobs (10.34%), and management occupations (8.01%).

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.

One downside of living in Kent, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.26 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Kent is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Kent, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The education level of Kent citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.05% of adults in Kent have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Kent in 2010 was $26,362, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $105,448 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 16.57% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kent include English, Irish, Norwegian, and Ukrainian.

Kent also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 27.63%.

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