Kent's population of 125,000 is extremely diverse. Once an agricultural area, Kent is now home to well-established neighborhoods and is a large commercial center. Jobs are plentiful in Kent, as it is the fourth largest manufacturing and distribution area in the United States. Because of its thriving economy, many corporations and companies call Kent home, including REI, Boeing and Oberto Sausage Company. The steel industry also employs many residents in Kent, as do numerous retail and service companies. Several major highways and freeways are accessible from Kent, including Interstate 5 and Route 167. Commuters also have public transit options including buses and commuter rail.

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19 miles south of Seattle and 19 miles northeast of Tacoma lies the bedroom community of Kent, Washington. Many people are drawn to living in Kent because it is one of the most affordable areas of King County. You can get much more house for your money in Kent than in Seattle or its pricey northern suburbs. Whether it's an apartment or condo, a single family home or a farm with lots of acreage that you want, Kent has something for everyone.

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