Did you know Kent is the fastest growing city in Washington state? Not only that, WalletHub® ranked Kent as the fourth-fastest growing city in the United States. Here are some more fun facts about Kent.
- Kent was incorporated in 1890 with a population of 793
- Today, Kent has a population of nearly 126,000 and covers 34 squares miles
- Kent is ranked in the top 10 as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country, and in the top three among mid-sized cities. More than 130 languages are spoken in Kent homes, businesses and schools.
- Kent is the fourth-largest manufacturing and distribution center in the nation
- More than 8,000 businesses call Kent home, including Amazon, Boeing Space and Defense, Oberto Sausage Company, REI and one of only five Starbucks’ roasting plants in the United States
- The city’s extensive park system includes more than 70 parks, playfields, trails and open spaces
- Kent Station is the midpoint for the Seattle Sounder train between Tacoma/Lakewood to the south and Seattle to the north. In addition to weekday commuter runs, the Sounder operates special trains for many weekend Mariners, Seahawks and Sounders games.
- Kent was originally named Titusville after one of the original settlers, James Henry Titus. So why the name change? Hops production was the town’s major source of income during its early days. That’s why in 1889 the founding folks changed its name for the County of Kent, a major hops-producing area in England.
- In the 1920s and ‘30s, Kent was known as the Lettuce Capital of the World. The lettuce fields eventually made way for the Boeing Space Center where the Apollo Lunar Rover was built in 1965.