Kent, OH

Kent profile

Living in Kent

Kent is a medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 29,646 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Kent is the 50th largest community in Ohio.

Unlike some cities, Kent isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Kent are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kent is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kent who work in food service (14.52%), sales jobs (13.42%), and office and administrative support (10.30%).

Also of interest is that Kent has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.02% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because Kent has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Kent lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Kent is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Kent people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Kent, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

Kent is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 43.26% of adults in Kent have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Kent in 2018 was $21,485, which is lower middle income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $85,940 for a family of four. However, Kent contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Kent is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Kent home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kent residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Kent include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Kent is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.