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.

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.

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 citizens of Kent are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.05% of adults in Kent having a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.