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Just the Facts 

Just the Facts


Pro-Business Government 

  • Second largest manufacturing and distribution center on the west coast
  • Predictable, flexible, efficient permitting process
  • Property tax exemptions for developers of multi-family, mixed use housing

Labor Pool 

  • Population = 118,200
  • Approximately 78,000 employees
  • There are numerous colleges and universities within 25 miles of Kent
  • Sounder Commuter Rail moves commuters conveniently and effciently between Seattle and Tacoma. 


  • Average household income = $62,475
  • Median value of owner-occupied homes = $281,556
  • Typical monthly mortgage payment for a median-priced home = $1,911
  • Average Tax Rate = $11.24/$1,000
  • Retail Sales tax = 9.5%

In Good Company 

  • Many distinguished business call Kent home including Boeing Space and Defense, Flow International, REI, Oberto Sausage Company, Blue Origin Aerospace Company, Tazo Tea and one of Starbucks' four roasting plants in the United States.

Business-Friendly Permit Process 

  • City of Kent staff believes new investment is central to the success of any venture.  To attract new business and ensure the continued success of existing businesses, the City has completely restructured its permitting functions.   A new Economic & Community Development Department oversees all aspects of permitting.  Whether it's land entitlement, business licenses. or inspections, the new structure is predictable, flexible and efficient, allowing permits to be approved quickly.

Actively Engaged

"This is an auspicious time for the growth of Kent. Good development has been happening, and the business communtiy, city administrators, volunteers and local residents of Kent are actively engaged. This is part of the reason why we chose to expand our operations here."