Kent is the third largest city in King County with a population of 124,435. Incorporated in 1890, the city’s population has doubled since 1990 incorporating tens of thousands of new households and businesses while retaining the historic character of its downtown and oldest neighborhoods.
A key component of Seattle's global trade, the Kent Valley is the fourth-largest center for manufacturing and distribution in the United States. Many of Puget Sound's most distinguished companies choose to locate key functions in Kent: from Starbucks' original coffee roasting plant to Amazon's next generation fulfillment center.
The Valley is an area where a half-century's legacy in outer space innovation (the first lunar rover was developed at the Kent Space Center) persists to this day at Boeing's advanced research campus and at Blue Origin's main facility. Hundreds of advanced manufacturers like the Hexcel Corporation, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Flow International, the Omax Corporation, and Hytek Finishes are primarily established in the Kent Valley, as are the corporate offices of outdoor retail leader R.E.I.