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.

Kent is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

In Kent, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.26 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 population of Kent overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Kent, 24.05% 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.