When the City of Kent incorporated in 1890, the population was 763. Kent was the second city in King County to incorporate. Kent began as an agricultural area. Hops were the first major crop (first planted in 1878) leading to the rapid growth of Kent in its early years. Almost a million pounds of hops were harvested in 1888. Truck farming began in 1917, and during the 1920s, Kent became known as the "lettuce capital of the world."
Annual floods of the Green and White rivers contributed to the agricultural fertility of the Kent valley. During the Great Flood of 1906, the valley turned into a giant lake, as flood waters rose up to two feet in some houses. The White River found a new channel into the Puyallup River, thus alleviating some of the flooding in Kent. In 1963, the Howard Hanson Dam was completed at Eagle Gorge on the upper Green River, taming most of the flooding. This enabled industrial development to take place on the valley floor, leading to Kent's rapid rise as a major distribution center.
The City of Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington State with a population of nearly 115,000 and covers a geographic area of 34 square miles. Named one of the "Best Places to Live" by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Kent is a culturally rich destination with well-established neighborhoods, award winning parks and great school systems making it a fantastic community to live and raise a family.
Located in the heart of the Green River Valley, Kent's breathtaking setting features views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Only seven miles from SeaTac International Airport, Kent is conveniently located 18 miles from both Seattle and Tacoma, with quick access to Interstate 5, State Route 167 and other major highways.
Estimated Current Population: 122,969
Male Population: 61,422
Female Population: 61,547
Median Home Sale: $281,556 in Oct 13
Avg Household Income: $62,475
Avg Persons Per Household: 2.67
Median Age: 33
City Size: 29 Square Miles
This spacious corner lot home has a fenced back yard with a good amount of off street parking and 2 car garage. Everything from the wiring to the roof were replaced on th...
Listing courtesy of Century 21 WP & Associates.
Live in Kent for under $350K! Updated 2740 square feet home on a large 1/4 acre lot in Kent East Hill. 4 bed / 2.5 bath with hardwood flooring, newer carpets, modern isl...
Listing courtesy of Horizon Real Estate.
Great top floor unit with 2 bedrooms and 1.75 baths in Aspen Grove. Master bedroom has walk in closet and double sinks with granite slab. Has a garage and uncovered par...
Listing courtesy of eXp Realty.
This Wonderful home will not last. with 4 bedrooms.Great room with gas FP just off the dining area.Kitchen has granite countertops and upgraded cabinets.Upstairs features...
Listing courtesy of Century 21 Northwest.
3 Bedroom 2 Bath Top Floor Condo located in the Gated Community of Twin Firs. Condo features large living room/dining area. Spacious Kitchen with breakfast bar, lots of c...
Listing courtesy of Rainier Valley Realty.
This stunning custom home may contain your entire wish list. Brazilian Cherry Hardwood flooring thru entry and kitchen Cherry cabinetry Island gas cooktop on full slab g...
Listing courtesy of PPS Homes.
This spacious 2 bedroom condo is in the perfect place. Located along the Green River in Kent to step out and walk along the levee and communicate with nature. It is jus...
Listing courtesy of Windermere RE South Sound, Inc.
Bright home with an open-layout features a large living room with a dining area and a family room with a gas fireplace that is open to the kitchen with stainless steel ap...
Listing courtesy of John L. Scott Westwood.
Great location, minutes to shopping, restaurants, groceries, healthcare, bus lines & gas station. Meticulously maintained and clean 4 BR/2.5 bath room, room yet cozy with...
Listing courtesy of Better Properties Brokerage.
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