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A+ Kent Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Kent Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% higher than Washington
11919% more expensive than the US average
11515% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Kent cost of living
F Kent Crime Total crime is 65% higher than Washington
Total crime
5,731109% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 18109% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
12%Year over year crime is up
Kent crime
C- Kent Employment Household income is 3% lower than Washington
Median household income
$61,03310% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$27,3948% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%2% lower than the US average
Kent employment
C+ Kent Housing Home value is 2% lower than Washington
Median home value
$262,80042% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,09716% higher than the US average
Home ownership
55%13% lower than the US average
Kent real estate or Kent rentals
D Kent Schools HS graduation rate is 6% lower than Washington
High school grad. rates
81%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
46%6% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:121% higher than the US average
Kent K-12 schools

Living in Kent, WA

Located in the state of Washington, Kent is a mid-sized city with a population of 125,492 residents. With a population density of 3,721 people per square mile, Kent is well above the nation's average density level. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 70% of the population considered married and 52% with kids under the age of 18, Kent could be considered a very suitable city for families.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Kent, Washington. With useful information like cost of living, weather, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Kent and in the areas around Kent is a much easier task.

Kent, WA receives 68/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #228 in Washington and #13,282 in the USA. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Kent scores well for amenities (A+). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Kent. The following was graded with a discouraging score: crime (F), cost of living (F) and education (D).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Kent on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Kent: Riverbend Golf Complex, Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, and PGP Motorsports Park.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Kent is real estate affordability. The median home price for Kent homes is $262,800, which is 2.4% lower than the Washington average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Kent, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.3, which is 0% lower than the Washington average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Kent area were 3.2% and 5 year appreciation rates were 11.9%.

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Compare Kent, WA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Kent, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Somerset, Bellevue781213,614
Arbor Heights, Seattle7611.45,176
North End, Tacoma7614.724,051
Newport Hills, Bellevue7511.52,698
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Lakemont, Bellevue7412.25,654
Fauntleroy, Seattle7412.44,261
Newport Shores, Bellevue7412.21,244
Northeast Tacoma, Tacoma711116,749

Best Cities Near Kent, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Maple Valley, WA828.425,093
Medina, WA8216.53,169
Clyde Hill, WA8216.73,197
Yarrow Point, WA8117.81,149
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mercer Island, WA8012.124,467
Woodway, WA8029.31,367
Sammamish, WA8016.962,136
Redmond, WA7920.659,268

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Full of Tweakers

This is the place to live if you like meth, tweakers, heroin addicts , and places with a high homeless population! You can’t leave anything unlocked or turn your back on anything for a second or it gets stolen. A nice little stroll down a trail in a park will most certainly lead you to a homeless persons camp, or a drug injection spot where you can find used needles and trash. They do have public transportation, but you may have to have to sit next to someone that is passed out and crapped them self. People are very unfriendly in this city, and there isn’t all that much to do. The only thing this area has to offer is its relatively close to Seattle and it has the show ware Center where you can watch Thunderbirds hockey.
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I fell in love with this city

This city became my second home. I moved from California 2 months ago. The local company Kent movers helped with the move The city immediately became native. Beautiful nature, small shops, green parks. Friendly people. I can give myself more time than before. I made friends with my neighbor. She is very nice and sociable. We go for walks together
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Hard working people

No clue what the other person was talking about. Emerald downs is NOT in kent. Its further south off the freeway. No nightlife. At all. The one mexican restaurant was probably owned by white people because they had crap burritos and salsa. Didn't give it more than 2 shots because I was over it. (Azteca I mean)

Cotton flys around like no other. I could have made a few shirts by just going to the nearby curb.
It has some hard working people because there is not much else to do. Its pretty close to seattle which is nice.

But this is just my opinion
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Visit Kent, WA for Great Scenery and a Chance to Hit the Pick 4!

Last summer I had the pleasure of visiting the city of Kent, Washington for three days. I was working on a contract project in Seattle, which is about 18 miles north of Kent. I decided to make the twenty minute drive to Kent after hearing rave reviews about the scenery. I had also always wanted to visit Emerald Downs Race Track, which is located in the heart of Kent.

On the first evening of my visit, I took advantage of a free outdoor concert sponsored by the city of Kent. The weather was perfect, as was my beautiful view of the mountains. After the concert, I had a late night dinner at Paolo's Restaurant. Their homemade pasta was divine and the service was excellent.

The highlight of my trip was visiting Emerald Downs on Friday evening. As a native of Kentucky, I have always been a huge horseracing fan and had always wanted to visit Emerald Downs. Emerald Downs offered a great array of betting options, my favorite of which was the Pick 4.

As illustrated by my positive review of Kent, Washington, the only thing that could have made my trip to Kent better is a winning Pick 4 ticket!
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Source: The Kent, WA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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