Kent Information

The city of Kent, Wash. is home to nearly 115,000 people and a culturally rich atmosphere. It is easy to see why Seattle Metropolitan Magazine named Kent one of the best places to live; the city contains award-winning parks, safe neighborhoods and one of the state's best school systems.

Kent's streets and parks are dotted with over 30 public works of art collected by the city's Art Collection. Pieces include metal structures, stone sculptures, murals and more created by local artists like Norman Courtney, Kristin Tollefson and Karen Stocker. The city's commitment to the visual arts is also evident in the extensive Centennial Center Gallery. Special exhibits highlight local artists, and the permanent gallery includes pieces from around the country.

Other Kent points of interest include the sprawling Briscoe Park, Morrill Meadows Park, weekly farmer's market and Green River Trail. The city is also home to the country's only museum dedicated to powerboat racing, the Hydroplane and Race Boat Museum. Kent's Historical Museum promotes the dissemination of information about the city's history and features permanent exhibits that detail 20th-century farming and agricultural practices, kitchens, household chores and pieces that detail local culture. The museum sponsors many educational programs, including a monthly lecture series that focuses on historical topics, a discussion group designed to bring generations together in historical debates and a children's program that serves as a first introduction to history.

Each summer, the city comes together for the Kent International Festival, a celebration of the region's cultural diversity. The festival features musicians, artists, artisans, food, entertainment and dancing from around the city and around the world. All performances are free, making the festival a great family event to look forward to each year.

The city's geography is another reason that Kent is a fantastic community. Located in the center of the Green River Valley, the city enjoys stunning views of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier. Kent is a ten-minute drive from SeaTac International Airport and less than 20 miles from both Tacoma and Seattle.

Kent also boasts a thriving economy. As one of the five largest distribution and manufacturing centers in the country, Kent serves as an economic barometer for the area. The city is home to over 78,000 jobs and nearly 5,000 businesses.