Kent, WA

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Kent, WA Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q4 2018. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2017 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Kent Housing Market Information

With 128,458 people, 43,509 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $413,924, real estate costs in Kent are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive Washington communities.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Kent, accounting for 51.07% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Kent include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 32.60%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 6.24%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 5.47%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Kent are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 55.05% owning and 44.95% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Kent built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Kent built between 1940-1969 ( 18.15%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 15.38%). There's also some housing in Kent built before 1939 ( 2.39%).

Kent Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Kent has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Kent real estate appreciated 33.83% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 2.96%, putting Kent in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Kent definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Kent that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Kent real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Kent appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 10.77%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 95.14% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Kent. Kent appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at -0.14%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of -0.57%.

Notably, Kent's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.

Relative to Washington, our data show that Kent's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 50% of the other cities and towns in Washington.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Kent differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Kent - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Kent real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,430,000 0.7
$1,072,001 - $1,430,000 0.5
$715,001 - $1,072,000 4.2
$572,001 - $715,000 10.4
$429,001 - $572,000 27.4
$286,001 - $429,000 31.7
$143,001 - $286,000 15.6
$72,001 - $143,000 2.8
$0 - $72,000 6.7

High for WA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
10.7386861313869 24.7349823321555

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Kent Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2018 Q3 - 2018 Q4
Last 12 Months:
2017 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 2 Years:
2016 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 5 Years:
2013 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 10 Years:
2008 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q4
106.88% 3.85%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,104 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 55.05
Renters 44.95
Vacant 5.26

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 15.4
1970 - 1999 64.1
1940 - 1969 18.1
1939 or Older 2.4

Types of Homes

Single-Family 51.1
Townhomes 5.5
Small Apt. Buildings 6.2
Apt. Complexes 32.6
Mobile Homes 4.5
Other 0.1

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.14
1 Bedroom 12.94
2 Bedrooms 29.02
3 Bedrooms 32.16
4 Bedrooms 18.82
5 or more bedrooms 4.93