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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    B+
Kent is a city in Washington with a population of 126,561. Kent is in King County. Living in Kent offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Kent there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Kent and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Kent are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$284,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,192
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Kent Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    143
    283
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    54
    41
  • Robbery
    157
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    735
    500
  • Theft
    3,617
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,019
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Kent

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$64,573
National
$55,322
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Kent Reviews

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Kent is a very diverse city. Grocery stores and restaurants are plentiful. My doctor, dentist, and therapist are all located in Kent, so there are tons of healthcare clinics. Many of these clinics are affordable and accept insurance through the state. Public areas like parks and trails are kept clean. Kent is not too far from Seattle, but I would not recommend the city for anyone who has to commute to Seattle for work. I would like to see more companies move facilities or operations to Kent. No company I see myself working for is located in this city but rather is located in Seattle. For this reason, I see myself moving out of Kent in the next few years.
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Coming down the street you notice every corner Hispanic and Thai restaurants and markets; the local downtown area houses buildings created in the 1800's still standing and being used today. During the summer is the greatest! Every weekend a farmers market opens up and for almost two miles downtown every small business and upcoming business and artists sell their wares and share their experiences and joy of living and working in this area. The local high school has been named the most diverse in the nation; between Grandma's Thai restaurant and a small local Japanese couple taking only cash for their amazing sushi rolls Kent has always been a wonderful place to live and enjoy. Outside of the cozy downtown you will notice a large 20 mile square area of professional businesses and a local Amazon warehouse offering many jobs opportunity's for any locals in the area.
Kent, Washington is a very diverse city, only a 20 min drive to downtown Seattle, Kent offers a variety of options on activities for the whole family. There are various parks and trails as well as lakes, there is never a dull moment to be had! That being said I would love to see some areas of Kent become safer for our neighbors and families, fewer crimes and more positivity and support.