Introduction to Kent, Washington

Kent is located in the Green River Valley in King County and is recognized as an outlying suburb of the city of Seattle. Kent includes three distinctive areas, the East Hill, the Valley and the West Hill. A Boeing facility and the headquarters of REI and Oberto Sausage are situated in the city along with a large number of warehouses. Whirlpool and General Electric Appliances have distribution facilities in Kent.

In 2003 the city was recognized by Sports Illustrated as "Sportstown of the year" for the state of Washington. The impressive Mt. Ranier along with the Cascade and Olympic Mountains can be seen from the city. The Green River runs through the municipality and Lake Meridian is situated on the East Hill. The average annual rainfall is 39 inches.


Kent was incorporated in 1890 and was earlier known as Titusville. In 1906 the "Great Flood" temporarily changed the valley into an enormous lake. The Howard Hanson Dam was constructed at Eagle Gorge to prevent serious flooding in the future. The dam allowed extensive commercial development to take place in the valley which led to Kent becoming a primary distribution center. Before the extensive development took place in the 1960's and 1970's, the city was renowned for its fertile soil and was formerly known as the "Lettuce Capital of the World." Hops were also a major crop.


  • Kent Station is a huge entertainment center which also includes retail businesses, and numerous restaurants.
  • Kent Cornucopia Days.
  • Kent Farmers Market.
  • Greater Kent Historical Society Museum is an attractive three-story building and includes a large number of artifacts.
  • Hydroplane & Race Boat Museum showcases a large number of vintage hydroplanes.
  • Pacific Raceways International features drag races, motorcycle racing events, vintage car races and other motor sports events.
  • The Museum of Flight.
  • Earthworks.


The city is served by the Sea-Tac International Airport. King County Metro provides local transportation. The Kent station offers bus and rail service to downtown Seattle and other locations.

Higher Education

The Green River Community College is located in the area.


Total Population 124,292
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 9.5%
Employed Population 16+ 58,250
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 48%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.1%
Median Earnings25+ $36,597
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,632
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,002


Median Family Income $69,108
% Above Poverty Level 84.5%
% Below Poverty Level 15.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 6.7%


People Living Alone 25.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,059
Median House Value $250,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47.5%
US/American 0%
English 6.5%
Irish 6%

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

Kent Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 16 miles S of Seattle, Washington
County King
Standard Zip Codes 98030, 98031, 98032, 98042
P.O. Box Zip Codes 98035, 98064, 98089
Phone Area Codes 206
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.381
Longitude -122.233

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 KENT
Distance 2.6 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 47 F
Apr Temp 42 to 61 F
Jul Temp 55 to 77 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches
Distance 7.1 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 75 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 47 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 52 to 78 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 40.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Kent, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lake Sawyer (98042)

Midway (98032, 98089)

Woodmont Beach (98032)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Auburn 74,527 $68,515
Covington 18,689 $94,647
Des Moines 30,715 $67,278
Federal Way 92,859 $65,081
Normandy Park 6,568 $114,875
SeaTac 27,859 $51,773

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

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25800 164TH AVE SE
Serves 1,621 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.2

12430 SE 208TH ST
Serves 1,558 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.3

21401 SE 300 ST
Serves 1,337 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.7

10020 SE 256TH STREET
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,326 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.1

12033 SE 256TH ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 17 students.

10020 SE 256 ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 13 students.

A Special Education School
Serves 3 students.

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