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Kent
King County, Washington

ZipCodes
98030, 98031, 98032, 98035, 98042, 98064, 98089




Page Contents for Kent, Washington

Statistics & Facts

Location

Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions

Economy

Government

Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.

Libraries.

Schools.

Miscellany



Statistics & Facts

The Washington state capital is Olympia.
The population of Kent is approximately 92,411 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 32,488 (2000), 34044 (2010).
The amount of land area in Kent is 72.6 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Kent is 28 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.6 sq kilometers.
The distance from Kent to Washington DC is 2461 miles.
The distance to the Washington state capital is 40 miles. (as the crow flies)
Kent is positioned 47.39 degrees north of the equator and 122.23 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Kent elevation is 43-500 feet above sea level.
Kent per capita income is $ 24,781 (2009).
Kent median income is $ 54,591 (2009).
The Kent median home price is $ 304,600 (2009).
Kent average annual rainfall is 39 inches per year
Kent average annual precipitation is 37.1 inches peryear.
Kent average annual snowfall is 8.6 inches per year.
The average low temperature is 44 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 62 degrees F.
The average winter temperature is 40.8 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 51.2 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 66.5 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 52.9 degrees F.

Location

in the Puget Sound Region. Here is a location page for Kent. Kent is about halfway between Seattle and Tacoma. Other nearby communities include East Hill-Meridian, Lea Hill, Lakeland North, Auburn, Cascade-Fairwood, Sea Tac, Des Moines, Covington and Algona.
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Climate


mild with no real extremes in weather throughout the year. The summers are rarely warmer than about 85 while winter temps are usually above freezing.
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History & History Related Items

Kent was named for Kent, England, a main hop growing area there. It was first known as Titusville, but was incorporated in 1890 as the city of Kent.

Here is a short history page for Kent. Here is an interesting history page for the city.

This area was first settled in about 1853. By 1854, Issac Stevens, who was the first Territorial Governor, told the local Native Americans there that they would have to re-locate to reservations. It was at this meeting that the famous speech by Chief Seattle of the Suquamish tribe was given. Fighting broke out over the problem and the settlers had to return to the Seattle area. They weren't able to return until 1856.

Originally known for its farming and, particularly, its dairy farms, Kent is now more of a manufacturing and warehousing center. The Carnation Milk company began right here in Kent and is still in existence. The first major crop here was hops, which were first planted in 1878. By 1888 millions of pounds of hops were being harvested. By the 1920's, Kent was known for its truck farming and as the "lettuce Capital of the World."

In 1906, there was a bad flood which turned the valley into a virtual lake. The White River changed its course into the Puyallup River which helped to ease the flooding in Kent.
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The incorporation of Kent

1890


Attractions

In March, 2000, the City of Kent was the second largest city in South King County. There are three areas of the city: The Green River Valley, East Hill, and West Hill

The Greater Kent Historical Museum

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Economy & Industry


Many large companies maintain offices or plants in the city, including Boeing and R.E.I. Much of the previously farmed areas around Kent are now warehouses or offices bringing work and employment to the area.
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Kent City Government

City of Kent, Washington
220 Fourth Ave S
Kent, WA 98032
Phone: 253-856-5200
Mayor's Office: (253) 856-5700
City Clerk: (253) 856-5725
Kent Police Dept
232 4th Ave. S
Kent, WA 98032
Phone: 253-856-5800

Kent Chamber

Kent Chamber of Commerce
524 West Meeker, Suite 1
P. O. Box 128
Kent, WA 98035
Phone: 253-854-1770

Kent Community Events

July
Kent Cornucopia Days
This festival is held each year during July.

Kent Organizations

Kent Chamber of Commerce
524 West Meeker, Suite 1
P. O. Box 128
Kent, WA 98035
Phone: 253-854-1770

Kent Libraries

Kent City Library
212 2nd Ave. N
Kent, WA 98032
Phone: 253-859-3330
part of the King County Library System

Kent Schools

Kent School District #415
12033 SE 256th St.
Kent, WA 98030
Phone: 253-373-7000


Kent Meridian High School
10020 SE 256th St.
Kent, WA 98030
Phone: 253-373-7405 Kent

Miscellany

The population of Kent was:
1890 - 763
1900 - 755
1910 - 1,908
1920 - 2,282
1930 - 2,320
1940 - 2,586
1950 - 3,278
1960 - 9,017
1970 - 16,275
1980 - 23,152
1990 - 37,960
1997 - 62,006
2000 - 79,524
2002 - 81,724
2009 - 85,631
2010 - 92,411

Population Density:
2000 - 2,836.7 persons per square mile

Median age:
2000 - 32 years

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 17,484 2000 - 32,488


Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 50,053
2009 - $ 54,591

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 21,390
2009 - $ 24,781

Median House Value:
2000 - $ 168,100
2009 - $ 304,600

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


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