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Overview

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).

Demographics

People

Total Population29,771
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens7.9%
Employed Population 16+14,378
Age of the Population23

Families

% of people married24.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher42.3%
Median Earnings25+$31,563
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,478
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,127

Wealth

Median Family Income$54,538
% Above Poverty Level66.9%
% Below Poverty Level33.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work10.5%
% Using Public Transportation2.2%

Housing

People Living Alone33.8%
Median Gross Rent$790
Median House Value$141,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)23.9%
Irish16.3%
Italian12%
English7%
Polish6.1%
Scottish2.1%
Arab2%
French Except Basque2%
Hungarian1.7%
Slovak1.4%
Dutch1.3%
Czech1.1%
Swedish0.9%
African0.8%
Russian0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Greek0.5%
Ukrainian0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Albanian0.2%
Kenyan0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
US Virgin Isl0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
German0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Kent Almanac

CategoryValue
County Portage County
Standard Zip Codes44240, 44243
Company Zip Codes44242
Phone Area Codes330, 234
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.14
Approximate Longitude-81.36

Kent Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationAKRON
Distance9.6 miles
Jan Temp20 to 34 F
Apr Temp40 to 60 F
Jul Temp64 to 84 F
Oct Temp45 to 62 F
Annual Precip36 inches
StationAKRON CANTON AP
Distance16.9 miles
Jan Temp17 to 33 F
Apr Temp37 to 59 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 61 F
Annual Precip38.4 inches
StationWARREN 3 S
Distance28.4 miles
Jan Temp15 to 33 F
Apr Temp33 to 59 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip37.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brady Lake508$57,000
Munroe Falls5,065$79,659
Ravenna11,530$49,375
Silver Lake2,450$118,583
Stow34,743$85,836
Tallmadge17,506$75,877

Kent Public Libraries

Kent Free Library
312 W. MAIN ST.
Kent, Ohio
(330) 673-4414

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Kent Public Schools

Brimfield Elementary School
4170 State Route 43
ZIP: 44240
(330) 673-8581
Primary
Total Enrollment 570
Davey Elementary School
196 N Prospect St
ZIP: 44240
(330) 673-6703
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
Franklin Elementary School
6662 State Route 43
ZIP: 44240
(330) 673-6704
Holden Elementary School
132 W School St
ZIP: 44240
(330) 673-6737
Primary
Total Enrollment 248
Longcoy Elementary School
1069 Elno Ave
ZIP: 44240
(330) 673-6772
Primary
Total Enrollment 282
Stanton Middle School
1175 Hudson Rd
ZIP: 44240
(330) 676-8300
Middle
Total Enrollment 712
Theodore Roosevelt High School
1400 N Mantua St
ZIP: 44240
(330) 673-9595
High
Total Enrollment 1343
Walls Elementary School
900 Doramor St
ZIP: 44240
(330) 673-6862
Primary
Total Enrollment 363

Kent Private Schools

St Patrick Elementary School
127 Portage St
ZIP: 44240
Elementary
Total Enrollment 315
Ksu Child Development Center
775 Loop Rd
ZIP: 44242
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
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