Introduction to Kent, Ohio

The Ohio city of Kent, located in Portage County, sits at the junction of Ohio State Highways 43 and 59. Nearby are Interstates I-80 (Ohio Turnpike), I-76, I-480 and I-271. Easily accessible to several major metropolitan areas, Kent lies 10 miles northeast of Akron, 20 miles north of Canton, 35 miles west of Youngstown and 40 miles southeast of Cleveland. The city is home to Kent State University (KSU).

Originally comprised of two villages known as Carthage and Franklin Mills, the city was renamed in 1864 to honor Marvin Kent, who was principally responsible for bringing in a railroad that played a major role in fostering the city's early development. Incorporated as a village in 1867, Kent became known as the "Tree City" in the late 1800s, when horticulturalist John Davey planted hundreds of trees throughout the city and trained people in their care. In 1910, the Kent State Normal School was established as a college for the training of public school teachers. The school was later renamed Kent State University after its focus expanded to more general academic disciplines. In 1970, Kent State was the site of a national news event when four students were killed and nine others wounded when shot by Ohio National Guard forces in response to student demonstrations protesting the American invasion of Cambodia.

Attractions in and around Kent

There is plenty to see and do in Kent and nearby areas. Some of the area's more popular attractions include the following:

  • Kent State Fashion Museum: Houses a collection encompassing American and European high fashion from the 18th century to the present day.
  • Towners's Woods: A 175-acre park with an extensive trail system, picnic pavilions, and winter sledding and cross-country skiing.
  • Nelson/Kennedy Ledges State Park
  • Tinker's Creek State Park
  • West Branch State Park
  • Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom
  • Akron Civic Theatre
  • Boston Mills Ski Resort
  • Blossem Music Center
  • Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
  • Hale Farm & Village
  • Akron Art Museum
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area

The Kent State University's sports teams are called the Golden Flashes. They are part of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) East division and compete in the NCAA's Division I (I-A for football). Kent State fields teams in 16 different sports, and its basketball program in particular has enjoyed success in recent years. Both the men's and women's teams have played in their respective conference tournament title games several times in the past ten years, and in 2002 the men's basketball team made the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. In addition, the women's golf team has won the Mid-American Conference title every year of the program's existence.

Fans of professional sports have easy access to any number of nearby teams and attractions. The city of Akron, home to Minor League Baseball's Akron Aeros, is only minutes away. The Aeros are a Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and they play in the Eastern League. Also located in Akron is the headquarters of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). Less than a half-hour away is the city of Canton, where football fans can treat themselves to a visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Major league sports are less than an hour away in the city of Cleveland, home to Major League Baseball's Indians, pro football's Browns (NFL) and pro basketball's Cavaliers (NBA).


Total Population 29,563
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 8.3%
Employed Population 16+ 14,221
Age of the Population 23


% of people married 24.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $53,351
% Above Poverty Level 64.9%
% Below Poverty Level 35.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 11.4%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%


People Living Alone 29.6%
Median Gross Rent $755
Median House Value $140,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.6%
US/American 0%
English 7.7%
Irish 18.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kent Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles NE of Akron, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 29 miles SE of Cleveland, Ohio
County Portage
Standard Zip Codes 44240, 44243
Company Zip Codes 44242
Phone Area Codes 330
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.153
Longitude -81.358

Kent Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station AKRON
Distance 9.6 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 34 F
Apr Temp 40 to 60 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
Distance 16.9 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.4 inches
Station WARREN 3 S
Distance 28.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 33 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brady Lake 458 $55,469

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kent Public Libraries

Kent Free Library
312 W. MAIN ST.
Kent, Ohio
(330) 673-4414
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Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

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