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B
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  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 an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Kent there are a lot of restaurants, 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
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Kent Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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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
    143.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    54.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    157.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    734.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,617.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,018.7
    284

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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The City of Kent really need to help our public education. As we all know, the public education is governed by the Kent School District. There are four high schools and six middle schools, the school that I am currently attending is very diverse. Over the past few years, Kent School District has struggled: due the budget crisis, KSD must lay off many teachers. This year I heard that they are going to cut down some music related programs/classes at school too. I hope mayor-council government can do something to help our school. Other than that, I really like the City of Kent.
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Kent does have lots of great stores but the school system is not exactly the best, and the environment is not always the best. My mom wanted to be able to get a house on her own but even the worst apartments in the sketchiest areas were too expensive for her on her own. There were lots of unsafe parts of the city, making night life especially scary, even worse for kids. While there was some diversity in the city, that did not appear in all of the schools. Getting a job as a teenager was near impossible since all jobs meant for us were taken by adults that were struggling to find work elsewhere.
I really like living in Kent. Kent Station, the train station, is a really great place to hang out; it has shops, cafes, restaurants, and a movie theater. We are close enough to bigger cities like Seattle and Tacoma that we can go without too much trouble, yet we are within a couple minutes’ drive of quaint country towns, picturesque farms, and beautiful views of Mount Rainier. There are plenty of parks near by and good places to enjoy nature’s beauty. One of my favorite parts is that the weather is milder than many other places; we don’t get too hot like the South, we don’t get too muggy like the East Coast, and we don’t have as harsh of a winter as the Mid-West.