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Kent is a city in King County, in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area.

The community was named for Kent, England..

The latitude of Kent is 47.381N. The longitude is -122.233W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 43 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 81,567.


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Median household income
Local
$46,046
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Kent demographic reports
Kent is on the Green River, 15 miles south of Seattle.
Former and merged names include:
· Titusville
· Yessler
Kent, in the late 19th century, was an agricultural area that was known for its production of hops.

Regular transport by rail began in earnest in 1887.

Kent incorporated in 1890, making it the second community, after Seattle, in King County to do so.

At the beginning of the 20th century, lettuce farming became the community's staple enterprise.

The Howard Hanson Dam, completed in 1963, opened the area to residential and commercial development.

The Boeing Aerospace Center was built in the mid-1960s. Many technologically sophisticated companies soon followed suit.

Public transportation: Sounder Commuter Rail, Metro Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 317. The number of murders and homicides was 12. The violent crime rate was 3.8 per 1,000 people.
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Cornucopia Days - July 13-15, 2007
Dates often change. Check Kent web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Mill Creek Earthworks Park
Historic sites and museums: Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 111

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Kent demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the King County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Seattle area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 98198 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

15% of Kent residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Kent ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Kent was $21,390, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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24% of Kent residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Kent, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $655.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,344.


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Libraries in Kent include Kent Regional Library ... View libraries

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King County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Kent political report.

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The average commute time for Kent workers is 29 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 21 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Kent between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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