Kent is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 136,588 people and 32 constituent neighborhoods, Kent is the sixth 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 (12.48%), management occupations (9.38%), and sales jobs (8.09%).
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 32.53 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.
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 percentage of people in Kent who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.15% of adults in Kent have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Kent in 2018 was $32,477, 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 $129,908 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 15.98% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kent include German, English, Irish, European, and Norwegian.
Kent also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 32.12%.
The most common language spoken in Kent is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.