Kent is both an agriculture and business center. It has a sizable warehouse district with Whirlpool and General Electric having their regional distribution centers located in Kent due to freight operations by both BNSF and Union Pacific railroads.
Kent was incorporated in 1890 and has an estimated population of around 83,500 in 2006. City officials anticipate it to grow to 100,000 people within the next few years.
Renton and Tukwila border Kent to the North, Covington to the East, Federal Way, Des Moines and SeaTac to the West and Auburn to the South.
HighwaysKent is located between Interstate State 5, the major North-South highway, and State Route 167. South 212th Street through Kent allows access to both highways. Traffic is very dense during commuting hours.
Neighborhoods The East Hill, the West Hill, the Valley and downtown Kent are the major region divisions of the city. The city is located to the east side of the Green River valley and the rest of the valley is filled with warehouses.
SchoolsThe Kent School District serves the city. High schools include Kent-Meridian, Kent Phoenix Academy, Kentlake, Kentridge, and Kentwood.
Seattle Pacific University and the University of Puget Sound are located in Kent as well as a branch of Green River Community College and University of Washington.
Major EmployersRecreational Equipment Incorporated (REI), Oberto Sausage and Seattle Bicycle Supply all have their corporate headquarters in Kent. The Boeing Company has operated a facility in the city since 1960 and Starbucks has a roasting plant there.
AttractionsCity attractions include Emerald Downs horse racing, the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, Pacific Raceways and Showare Stadium, a 150,000 square foot stadium that recently opened and is the home of the Seattle Thunderbirds Western Hockey League.
Kent Station is in the downtown district located next to the transportation hub and provides entertainment, shops and restaurants as well as residential.
The city has a wonderful park system with more than sixty parks, sporting facilities, green belts and ball fields for the public.
- City of Kent - http://kentwa.gov/
- Chamber of Commerce - http://www.kentchamber.com/