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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Kent is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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.
A relatively large number of people in Kent telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.02% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
Kent is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Kent have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Kent’s economy is one such example of this.
Kent, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
The education level of Kent ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Kent, 43.26% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
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.