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Portage County, Ohio

44240, 44242, 44243

"A Tree City USA"

Page Contents for Kent, Ohio

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions


Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Ohio state capital is Columbus.
The population of Kent is approximately 28,904 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 9,275 (1990), 10288 (2010).
The amount of land area in Kent is 22.563 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Kent is 9.2 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.054 sq kilometers.
The distance from Kent to Washington DC is 284 miles.
The distance to the Ohio state capital is 119 miles. (as the crow flies)
Kent is positioned 41.14 degrees north of the equator and 81.36 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Kent elevation is 1050 feet above sea level.
Kent per capita income is $ 18,339 (2010).
Kent median income is $ 28,958 (2010).
Kent average annual precipitation is 36.07 inches peryear.
The average low temperature is 43 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 60.3 degrees F.


about ten miles southwest of Akron. Other nearby communities include Brady Lake, Sugar Bush Knolls, Munroe Falls, Brimfield, Stow, Tallmadge, Silver Lake and Ravenna.
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seasonal with warm, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. Spring and Fall appear to be quite nice. Thunderstorms are quite common during the spring and summer. Tornados do occur here, but they are mostly uncommon.
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History & History Related Items

Many years ago, Kent was actually two villages - Carthage and Franklin Mills. The two villages were combined and named Kent in 1864. The name was to honor Marvin Kent who helped bring the railroad through town. The earliest inhabitants of the area were American Indians. An early story is of Captain Samuel Brady in 1780 when he jumped 21 feet over the Cuyahoga River to get away from pursuing Indians. This site is now known as Brady's Leap and is part of a city park. John Haymaker, along with his family, arrived here in 1805. He built a gristmill here in 1807 which fueled the growth of the village of Franklin. Meanwhile, Joshua Woodard arrived around 1818 and began to build just north of Franklin in what would briefly become Carthage. It was later on, in 1864, that the two villages were merged to form Kent. The new town was named for Marvin Kent who helped bring the railroad to the area.

In 1881, John Davey came to Kent as the grounds keeper at Standing Rock Cemetery. He worked especially with the trees and eventually wrote a book and started the Davey Tree Expert Company. Eventually, Kent was called The Tree City mostly due to Davey's efforts.

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The founding of Kent


The incorporation of Kent



Home of Kent State University
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Kent City Government

City of Kent
215 East Summit Street
Kent, OH 44240
Phone: 330-676-7500

Kent has a Council-manager form of government with nine council members and a Mayor. Terms are staggered and are for a period of four years. The City Manager is hired by the city.

Kent Historical Events

1970, May
Protests on the Kent State University over the Vietnam War and the US Invasion of Cambodia escalated into rioting in the downtown area on May 2 and ending with the shootings on May 4. Four students were killed and nine wounded when the Ohio Army National Guard was called in. There are a number of memorials here for the event.

Kent Chamber

Kent Area Chamber Of Commerce
138 East Main Street, Suite 102
Kent, OH 44240
Phone: 330-673-9855

Kent Organizations

Kent Area Chamber Of Commerce
138 East Main Street, Suite 102
Kent, OH 44240
Phone: 330-673-9855

Kent Libraries

Kent Free Library
312 W Main St
Kent, OH 44240-2417
Phone: 330-673-4414

Kent Schools

Kent City School District
321 N Depeyster St
Kent, OH 44240
Phone: 330-676-7600

Kent State University
Kent, Ohio 44242
Phone: 330-672-3000 Kent


The population of Kent was:
1870 - 2,301
1880 - 3,309
1890 - 3,501
1900 - 4,541
1910 - 4,488
1920 - 7,070
1930 - 8,377
1940 - 8,581
1950 - 12,418
1960 - 17,836
1970 - 28,183
1980 - 26,164
1990 - 28,835
2000 - 27,906
2009 - 27,915
2010 - 28,904

Population Density:
2010 - 3,150 persons per square mile

Median age: 2010 - 22.7 years

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 9,275
2010 - 11,174

Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 29,582
2010 - $ 28,958

Per Capita Income:
2009 - $ 17,545
2010 - $ 18,339

Median House Value:
2000 - $ 112,700
2009 - $ 139,910

Kent is located in the Eastern Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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