Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington State; yet, there is welcoming hometown feel. Here, captivating neighborhoods offer a variety of housing options and residents are served by exceptional school districts and nationally accredited police and fire departments. Kent’s extensive park and trail network rivals much bigger cities. A culturally rich community, 138 world languages are spoken here and the city’s diverse shops, restaurants, and services reflect the global influences of the population.
Kent’s roots as a farming community run deep, and while the surrounding valley has transformed through the years from exclusively farming into the second largest distribution and manufacturing center on the West Coast and the fourth largest in the nation, farms still thrive in Kent and food production is a major component of the local economy.
Kent’s central location in the metropolitan area keeps the city well connected. Sounder rail service from Kent stretches to Everett through Seattle to Tacoma. Kent is only minutes away from one of the nation’s busiest airports and two seaports, and three miles from Interstate 5. Both the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern rail roads run through the City.
This connectivity is not only a plus for residents, but is a boon to businesses as well. Kent is home to over 4,500 businesses and approximately 78,000 jobs. Kent’s $8 billion gross business income is the highest among its peer cities in South King County.
Kent’s historic downtown is undergoing a dramatic transformation as residential development is built alongside an historic downtown with an adjacent lifestyle center offering both old and new in one exciting place. Downtown Kent is the center of government for South King County. It is also home to ShoWare Center, a 6,500 multipurpose arena that is the perfect venue to watch hockey, concerts, and enjoy special events