Kent is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 132,319 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 service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kent who work in office and administrative support (11.90%), management occupations (8.58%), and sales jobs (8.28%).
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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Kent, the average commute to work is 32.58 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
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 percentage of people in Kent who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.68% of adults in Kent have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Kent in 2018 was $31,723, 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 $126,892 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 15.96% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kent include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and European.
In addition, Kent has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (31.77%).
The most common language spoken in Kent is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.