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174 Apartments for rent in Kent, WA

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Check out 174 verified apartments for rent in Kent, WA with rents starting as low as $1050. Some apartments for rent in Kent might offer rent specials. Look out for the
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3 Units Available
Dwell at Kent Station
443 Ramsay Way , Kent, WA
Downtown Kent
Studio
$1,454
550 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,576
682 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 09:32 AM
At the corner of luxury and convenience, Dwell is located in direct proximity to shopping, transit, dining and all the other opportunities for fun at Kent Station.
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57 Units Available
Central Flats
1024 Central Ave N
Kent, WA
1 Bedroom
$1,260
550 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,431
858 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,920
1010 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:31 AM
Nearby schools: Neely O'Brien Elementary, Green River Community College-Kent Campus, East Hill Elementary, Mill Creek Middle School, Montessori Plus, Kent-Meridian High. Close to WA-167, Mohawk Industries, Art Wright Field, Kent Regional Library, Mill Creek. Pet-friendly apartments with saline pool, hot tub.
Verified
9 Units Available
The Pines at Canyon Station
9626 S 252nd St
Kent, WA
Studio
$1,200
580 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,240
580 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,460
902 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:23 AM
This luxury property has a poolside lounge, fire pit, fitness studio and clubroom. Inside, units feature granite countertops and wood-plank flooring. The Citadel Mall and Northbridge Shopping Center are just short drives away.
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57 Units Available
Midtown 64
24615 64th Avenue South
Kent, WA
Studio
$1,629
476 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,529
623 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,474
973 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
There is something magical about living in a brand-new apartment community. It’s a place where you can make your mark. Set the pace. Be seen (or unseen) as it suits you. Our location is ideal. Head north toward Seattle or Bellevue in minutes.
Verified
2 Units Available
The Lighthouse
10710 SE 256th St.
Kent, WA
1 Bedroom
$1,350
691 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,860
918 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Perfectly placed in Kent, Washington, the Lighthouse Apartments is located only minutes away from Kent Station and the infamous ShoWare Center where there is endless shopping and entertainment options.
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8 Units Available
Knol Apartments
11239 Southeast 260 Street
Kent, WA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,415
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,610
840 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Knol Apartments is a conveniently located near Downtown Kent just minutes away from Kent Station, restaurants, shopping, entertainment options, biking and hiking trails, and more! Our pet friendly community is complete with a dog park for your furry
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3 Units Available
Timber Heights
4822 South 252nd Place
Kent, WA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,325
758 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Located in the scenic enclave of Kent, a neighborhood known for its open spaces and a thriving town, Timber Heights delivers immediate access to the best that Kent, WA has to offer.
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17 Units Available
Water's Edge
6305 S 238th Pl , Kent, WA
The Lakes
1 Bedroom
$1,325
622 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,725
924 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,200
1114 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:40 AM
Modern apartments in a peaceful setting near Riverfront Park. Walk-in closets and private balcony/patio. Units with fireplace available. Tenants have access to heated swimming pool and fitness center.
Verified
2 Units Available
Meridian Garden
13101 SE 240th St
Kent, WA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,756
927 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Cozy apartments feature wood-burning fireplaces and high-end appliances. Recreational amenities include a seasonal heated swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Located within walking distance of several parks.
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5 Units Available
The Platform Apartments
420 W Smith St , Kent, WA
Downtown Kent
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,499
723 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,749
1001 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
All Aboard! Experience the perfect blend of style, comfort, and urban living at The Platform Apartments in Downtown Kent, WA. Choose from our studio, one and two bedroom floor plans.
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8 Units Available
Ventana Apartments and Townhomes
329 Ridgeview Dr
Kent, WA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,063
685 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,539
869 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Welcome home! Ventana features floor plans with studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments, as well as one and two-bedroom town-homes. Amenities include carpeted/vinyl flooring, a dishwasher, and storage.
Verified
9 Units Available
Bower Village
24006 108th Pl SE
Kent, WA
1 Bedroom
$1,389
710 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,576
955 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,929
1123 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Bryson Square Apartments feature a beautiful weathered wood exterior with private balconies. Interiors are updated, and some apartments feature fireplaces for those cozy Washington evenings.
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9 Units Available
Chandlers Bay
1020 Central Ave N
Kent, WA
1 Bedroom
$1,379
757 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,675
1072 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 03:47 AM
Get close to nature in a manicured complex welcoming pets and containing a dog park. Pool, playground and well-stocked gym available. Extra storage and washer/dryer hookups in apartments. Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park nearby.
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5 Units Available
Sterling Ridge
11328 SE Kent Kangley Rd
Kent, WA
2 Bedrooms
$1,575
930 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,875
1130 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 02:27 PM
Located close to Hwy 167 and I-5 for easy access to Tacoma and Downtown Seattle. Child- and family-friendly living, with a resident playground and landscaped grounds.
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8 Units Available
Island Park
23529 60th Ave S , Kent, WA
The Lakes
1 Bedroom
$1,730
758 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,760
980 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,160
1173 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Live lakeside in this newly renovated, pet-friendly community with on-site racquetball court and gym. Units contain fireplaces, walk-in closets and balconies or patios. Water views available. Near Green River and Hogan Park.
Verified
14 Units Available
Signature Pointe
25102 62nd Ave S
Kent, WA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,379
625 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,589
1005 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
47 Acres of Serene Country Living Within the emerald embrace of the Green River lies Signature Pointe Apartments, 47 acres of serene country living centrally located in the heart of Kent, WA.
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22 Units Available
Waterford at the Lakes
23605 62nd Ave S , Kent, WA
The Lakes
1 Bedroom
$1,459
648 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,693
934 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,195
1132 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Apartment community features fitness amenities, such as racquetball court and tennis court. Recently renovated units feature range, oven and walk-in closets in every unit. Close to Hogan Park and Main Lake and near I-5.
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6 Units Available
Kentwood Apartments
22425 Benson Rd SE
Kent, WA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,350
720 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Neighborhood in a quiet, tranquil setting that is ideally located just minutes from major freeways, public transportation and entertainment. Lush landscaping, spacious ranch-style interiors and sunny balconies.
Verified
7 Units Available
CityZen Commons
10925 SE 259th St
Kent, WA
1 Bedroom
$1,375
674 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,545
855 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Centrally located with access to local freeways, this community also offers a sparkling pool, reserved parking, and state-of-the-art fitness center. Inside, you'll enjoy the luxury of a formal dining area, hardwood floors, and spacious layouts.
Verified
4 Units Available
Alvista Lake Meridian
14901 SE 272nd St
Kent, WA
1 Bedroom
$1,347
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$1,787
1100 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
We are now offering touchless tours as well as virtual tours! Schedule your visit today! Our beautiful community is located between Lake Meridian and Big Soos Creek with easy access to Highway 18.
Verified
2 Units Available
Alvista 240
24028 110th Pl SE
Kent, WA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,581
925 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
We are temporarily ceasing in-person tours with prospective residents. Virtual tours are available. Call us today for more information! Finding the perfect apartment in Kent, Washington has never been easier at Alvista 240.
Verified
7 Units Available
Skyview 3322
3322 S 222nd Pl
Kent, WA
2 Bedrooms
$1,845
1120 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Discover your new home at Skyview 3322 Apartments for rent in Kent WA, where we are conveniently located right off I-5 and less than 10 minutes away from Tukwila, Des Moines and Seatac.
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5 Units Available
Mosaic Hills Apartment Homes
10811 SE 239th Pl
Kent, WA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,485
855 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,265
1165 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Refined apartments with custom finishes. Enjoy use of the fitness center and basketball court. Close to the green space at Clark Lake Park. By Meridian Valley Country Club.
Verified
2 Units Available
Village of Newport
2500 S 272nd St
Kent, WA
1 Bedroom
$1,140
630 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,555
916 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 02:27 PM
One- and two-bedroom apartments located near Woodmont Beach and Saltwater State Parks, with quick access to I-5 and Hwy 99. Resident facilities include a hot tub and modern fitness center.
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How much is rent in Kent?
In Kent, the median rent is $1,315 for a studio, $1,505 for a 1-bedroom, $1,874 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,721 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Kent, check out our monthly Kent Rent Report.
How much is rent in Kent?
In Kent, the median rent is $1,315 for a studio, $1,505 for a 1-bedroom, $1,874 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,721 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Kent, check out our monthly Kent Rent Report.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Kent?
You can filter cheap apartments in Kent by price: under $1,400, under $1,200, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Kent?
You can filter cheap apartments in Kent by price: under $1,400, under $1,200, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Kent?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Kent apartments that allow pets.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Kent?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Kent apartments that allow pets.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Kent properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Kent properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How much should I pay for rent in Kent?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Kent.
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How can I find off-campus housing in Kent?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Kent. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include University of Washington-Seattle Campus, University of Washington-Tacoma Campus, Cascadia College, Bellevue College, and City University of Seattle.
How can I find off-campus housing in Kent?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Kent. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include University of Washington-Seattle Campus, University of Washington-Tacoma Campus, Cascadia College, Bellevue College, and City University of Seattle.

Median Rent in Kent

Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Kent is $1,505, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,874.
Studio
$1,315
1 Bed
$1,505
2 Beds
$1,874
3+ Beds
$2,721
City GuideKent
Bet you didn't know Kent is a star-studded city.Kent is home to professional bowler Earl Anthony, actress Josie Bissett, and Shannon Higgins-Cirovski, a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Bet you didn't know Kent is a star-studded city.Kent is home to professional bowler Earl Anthony, actress Josie Bissett, and Shannon Higgins-Cirovski, a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Kent is a suburb of Seattle, WA. The city is essentially a place where people who work and hang out in Seattle like to sleep, but recently Kent has developed a reputation as a place of its own as the corporate home of big companies Oberto Sausage and REI (what a strange combination). The town was founded in the late 19th century, and settlers lived as farmers and undertook other agricultural ventures. A few decades later, however, people in Kent discovered hops production and they started growing hops as their main source of income. After a nasty aphids infestation at the plant, the residents of Kent eventually stopped depending on hops for their money making. However, by that time, enough people and money were in the area to consider it a real town. The city was incorporated in 1890, and since then it has depended on other agricultural products like dairy and lettuce. Basically, Kent is known as the boondocks of Seattle. People in the more urban areas tend consider Kent residents rednecks; however, the town is continuing to grow, and just a few years ago even acquired its own professional sports team.

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Moving to Kent

If you want to move to Seattle but want to actually be able to afford rent, you should choose Kent as a good choice for a home. Kent offers easy access to big city amenities, but nothing about the area really feels like a big city. One of the good things about Kent is that it has a great mix of housing available. Its about 50 percent rented and 50 percent owned, and there is about 6 percent of homes vacant. The annual residential turnover is about 30 percent, so if you don't see what you like right off the bat, chances are if you wait a year or two, you'll fish out something good.

If you're going to look for an apartment in Kent, make sure to be prepared. You might want to ask a broker to help you look, a broker will probably charge you a fee of about one months rent or 15percent of your annual rent. However, they will scour all the properties in the area for you, and if you give them your budget constraints, as well as information about the size of apartment you want and the amenities it must have, they will be able to scope out and show you homes like the one you're looking for. If you want to apply for an apartment you see, be sure to come with the proper documents in hand. Examples of what you'll need are copies of your ID, bank statements, tax returns, proof of employment, letters from previous landlords and any other documents that might prove you're financially qualified for your home.

Have your checkbook ready; moving can be expensive in other ways: paying movers to move your stuff can cost a lot; however, real estate experts say that the price is worth it, since they can protect your stuff and keep you from having to replace it later. Also, when you get approved for an apartment, you'll need to pay about two months' rent up front to secure it, in addition to any other deposit your landlord might require. Before you move, be sure you're saving up-- a lot.

Moving to Kent
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If you want to move to Seattle but want to actually be able to afford rent, you should choose Kent as a good choice for a home. Kent offers easy access to big city amenities, but nothing about the area really feels like a big city. One of the good things about Kent is that it has a great mix of housing available. Its about 50 percent rented and 50 percent owned, and there is about 6 percent of homes vacant. The annual residential turnover is about 30 percent, so if you don't see what you like right off the bat, chances are if you wait a year or two, you'll fish out something good.

If you're going to look for an apartment in Kent, make sure to be prepared. You might want to ask a broker to help you look, a broker will probably charge you a fee of about one months rent or 15percent of your annual rent. However, they will scour all the properties in the area for you, and if you give them your budget constraints, as well as information about the size of apartment you want and the amenities it must have, they will be able to scope out and show you homes like the one you're looking for. If you want to apply for an apartment you see, be sure to come with the proper documents in hand. Examples of what you'll need are copies of your ID, bank statements, tax returns, proof of employment, letters from previous landlords and any other documents that might prove you're financially qualified for your home.

Have your checkbook ready; moving can be expensive in other ways: paying movers to move your stuff can cost a lot; however, real estate experts say that the price is worth it, since they can protect your stuff and keep you from having to replace it later. Also, when you get approved for an apartment, you'll need to pay about two months' rent up front to secure it, in addition to any other deposit your landlord might require. Before you move, be sure you're saving up-- a lot.

Neighborhoods

If you've decided that Kent is the right place for you to rent around Seattle, you might want to know a little bit more about where you should look in Kent. The area is small, but it does have distinct characteristics, depending on where you are in it geographically. Check out the information below to see where the right people, price range, and size of house is for you.

East Hill: This neighborhood is smack dab in the middle of Kent, geographically. It has a good mix of housing in terms of price and size. There are lots of houses here, as well as apartments, and there are lots of rentals--this could be a good place to look if you want to be part of a strong, young community and don't feel like being surrounded by families all day. $$

Berry Dale: This is the southeastern corner of Kent, and people who live here come for the really quiet neighborhood feel. It mostly has single-family homes, although there are some mobile homes and some row houses. Its not the place to look if you want a condo in a high-rise, though. You're going to find a lot of families with kids. $$$$$

West Hill: West Hill is in the western part of Kent, on the opposite side of the valley from East Hill. The area has a beautiful lake and parks, as well as lots of quiet residential neighborhoods. This is a trendy part of Kent, and you can walk around here to get to businesses. $$$

Downtown: Also known as the City Center, downtown Kent is the heart of the business district of the city. The area is full of shops, dining and entertainment. You should choose it if you want excitement, if you're looking for an affordable rental, since it has more than a lot of the outlying quiet residential areas. $$$

O'Brien: In the northwest corner of Kent, you'll find O'Brien, one of the most affordable areas in the city. Its nearly all renters, so you should come here if you want to find an apartment and be surrounded by other people who are renting apartments. Its one of the less safe and more urban areas, but that can be good if you're looking for something a little more stimulating than country living. $

Neighborhoods
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If you've decided that Kent is the right place for you to rent around Seattle, you might want to know a little bit more about where you should look in Kent. The area is small, but it does have distinct characteristics, depending on where you are in it geographically. Check out the information below to see where the right people, price range, and size of house is for you.

East Hill: This neighborhood is smack dab in the middle of Kent, geographically. It has a good mix of housing in terms of price and size. There are lots of houses here, as well as apartments, and there are lots of rentals--this could be a good place to look if you want to be part of a strong, young community and don't feel like being surrounded by families all day. $$

Berry Dale: This is the southeastern corner of Kent, and people who live here come for the really quiet neighborhood feel. It mostly has single-family homes, although there are some mobile homes and some row houses. Its not the place to look if you want a condo in a high-rise, though. You're going to find a lot of families with kids. $$$$$

West Hill: West Hill is in the western part of Kent, on the opposite side of the valley from East Hill. The area has a beautiful lake and parks, as well as lots of quiet residential neighborhoods. This is a trendy part of Kent, and you can walk around here to get to businesses. $$$

Downtown: Also known as the City Center, downtown Kent is the heart of the business district of the city. The area is full of shops, dining and entertainment. You should choose it if you want excitement, if you're looking for an affordable rental, since it has more than a lot of the outlying quiet residential areas. $$$

O'Brien: In the northwest corner of Kent, you'll find O'Brien, one of the most affordable areas in the city. Its nearly all renters, so you should come here if you want to find an apartment and be surrounded by other people who are renting apartments. Its one of the less safe and more urban areas, but that can be good if you're looking for something a little more stimulating than country living. $

Living in Kent

Theres a chance you're moving to Kent to actually be in Kent, now that REI and Oberto (Oh boy!) headquarters are there. But its more likely that you go to Kent to commute into Seattle. There are buses throughout Kent that will take you around the town and from the business district closer to your house. There are also buses that will take you into Seattle when you want to go there. There is also a train service between Kent and Seattle on the Sounder Train. This is a great option if you detest work traffic and all the frustrations that come with it. However, most people in Kent have their own cars and drive themselves around. This is because it is convenient to run errands, to get around at your own pace and schedule, and also to take advantage of so many beautiful outdoor sights and scenery nearby.

If you're more of a homebody, there are lots of things for you to do here, too; you don't always need to get out of town to be entertained! If you like the outdoors, Kent has lots of options. Lake Meridian Park is a family friendly park with a huge, clean lake in the middle. People come to swim, fish, or lay on the man-made beach there. There is also the Interurban Trail, which passes over the Green River. People love to walk, run or ride their bikes on the trail. Another great walking trail over Soos Creak is the Soos Creek Trail. The trail is paved and a great place to meander on a lovely day. If you like to be active but like to do it inside, Kent residents love the Kent Vally Ice Center. Its one of the biggest ice skating rinks in the area, and you can also play miniature golf there or take a swing at one of the batting cages. If you're not the active type, there are still lots of things to do in Kent. Shopaholics can engage themselves at Kent Station--a new shopping center with the nations best chain stores, or visiting the farmers market in downtown Kent, which offers the freshest locally grown veggies and fruits.

Living in Kent
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Theres a chance you're moving to Kent to actually be in Kent, now that REI and Oberto (Oh boy!) headquarters are there. But its more likely that you go to Kent to commute into Seattle. There are buses throughout Kent that will take you around the town and from the business district closer to your house. There are also buses that will take you into Seattle when you want to go there. There is also a train service between Kent and Seattle on the Sounder Train. This is a great option if you detest work traffic and all the frustrations that come with it. However, most people in Kent have their own cars and drive themselves around. This is because it is convenient to run errands, to get around at your own pace and schedule, and also to take advantage of so many beautiful outdoor sights and scenery nearby.

If you're more of a homebody, there are lots of things for you to do here, too; you don't always need to get out of town to be entertained! If you like the outdoors, Kent has lots of options. Lake Meridian Park is a family friendly park with a huge, clean lake in the middle. People come to swim, fish, or lay on the man-made beach there. There is also the Interurban Trail, which passes over the Green River. People love to walk, run or ride their bikes on the trail. Another great walking trail over Soos Creak is the Soos Creek Trail. The trail is paved and a great place to meander on a lovely day. If you like to be active but like to do it inside, Kent residents love the Kent Vally Ice Center. Its one of the biggest ice skating rinks in the area, and you can also play miniature golf there or take a swing at one of the batting cages. If you're not the active type, there are still lots of things to do in Kent. Shopaholics can engage themselves at Kent Station--a new shopping center with the nations best chain stores, or visiting the farmers market in downtown Kent, which offers the freshest locally grown veggies and fruits.

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City GuideKent
Bet you didn't know Kent is a star-studded city.Kent is home to professional bowler Earl Anthony, actress Josie Bissett, and Shannon Higgins-Cirovski, a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Bet you didn't know Kent is a star-studded city.Kent is home to professional bowler Earl Anthony, actress Josie Bissett, and Shannon Higgins-Cirovski, a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Kent is a suburb of Seattle, WA. The city is essentially a place where people who work and hang out in Seattle like to sleep, but recently Kent has developed a reputation as a place of its own as the corporate home of big companies Oberto Sausage and REI (what a strange combination). The town was founded in the late 19th century, and settlers lived as farmers and undertook other agricultural ventures. A few decades later, however, people in Kent discovered hops production and they started growing hops as their main source of income. After a nasty aphids infestation at the plant, the residents of Kent eventually stopped depending on hops for their money making. However, by that time, enough people and money were in the area to consider it a real town. The city was incorporated in 1890, and since then it has depended on other agricultural products like dairy and lettuce. Basically, Kent is known as the boondocks of Seattle. People in the more urban areas tend consider Kent residents rednecks; however, the town is continuing to grow, and just a few years ago even acquired its own professional sports team.

Having trouble with Craigslist Kent? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Moving to Kent

If you want to move to Seattle but want to actually be able to afford rent, you should choose Kent as a good choice for a home. Kent offers easy access to big city amenities, but nothing about the area really feels like a big city. One of the good things about Kent is that it has a great mix of housing available. Its about 50 percent rented and 50 percent owned, and there is about 6 percent of homes vacant. The annual residential turnover is about 30 percent, so if you don't see what you like right off the bat, chances are if you wait a year or two, you'll fish out something good.

If you're going to look for an apartment in Kent, make sure to be prepared. You might want to ask a broker to help you look, a broker will probably charge you a fee of about one months rent or 15percent of your annual rent. However, they will scour all the properties in the area for you, and if you give them your budget constraints, as well as information about the size of apartment you want and the amenities it must have, they will be able to scope out and show you homes like the one you're looking for. If you want to apply for an apartment you see, be sure to come with the proper documents in hand. Examples of what you'll need are copies of your ID, bank statements, tax returns, proof of employment, letters from previous landlords and any other documents that might prove you're financially qualified for your home.

Have your checkbook ready; moving can be expensive in other ways: paying movers to move your stuff can cost a lot; however, real estate experts say that the price is worth it, since they can protect your stuff and keep you from having to replace it later. Also, when you get approved for an apartment, you'll need to pay about two months' rent up front to secure it, in addition to any other deposit your landlord might require. Before you move, be sure you're saving up-- a lot.

Moving to Kent
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If you want to move to Seattle but want to actually be able to afford rent, you should choose Kent as a good choice for a home. Kent offers easy access to big city amenities, but nothing about the area really feels like a big city. One of the good things about Kent is that it has a great mix of housing available. Its about 50 percent rented and 50 percent owned, and there is about 6 percent of homes vacant. The annual residential turnover is about 30 percent, so if you don't see what you like right off the bat, chances are if you wait a year or two, you'll fish out something good.

If you're going to look for an apartment in Kent, make sure to be prepared. You might want to ask a broker to help you look, a broker will probably charge you a fee of about one months rent or 15percent of your annual rent. However, they will scour all the properties in the area for you, and if you give them your budget constraints, as well as information about the size of apartment you want and the amenities it must have, they will be able to scope out and show you homes like the one you're looking for. If you want to apply for an apartment you see, be sure to come with the proper documents in hand. Examples of what you'll need are copies of your ID, bank statements, tax returns, proof of employment, letters from previous landlords and any other documents that might prove you're financially qualified for your home.

Have your checkbook ready; moving can be expensive in other ways: paying movers to move your stuff can cost a lot; however, real estate experts say that the price is worth it, since they can protect your stuff and keep you from having to replace it later. Also, when you get approved for an apartment, you'll need to pay about two months' rent up front to secure it, in addition to any other deposit your landlord might require. Before you move, be sure you're saving up-- a lot.

Neighborhoods

If you've decided that Kent is the right place for you to rent around Seattle, you might want to know a little bit more about where you should look in Kent. The area is small, but it does have distinct characteristics, depending on where you are in it geographically. Check out the information below to see where the right people, price range, and size of house is for you.

East Hill: This neighborhood is smack dab in the middle of Kent, geographically. It has a good mix of housing in terms of price and size. There are lots of houses here, as well as apartments, and there are lots of rentals--this could be a good place to look if you want to be part of a strong, young community and don't feel like being surrounded by families all day. $$

Berry Dale: This is the southeastern corner of Kent, and people who live here come for the really quiet neighborhood feel. It mostly has single-family homes, although there are some mobile homes and some row houses. Its not the place to look if you want a condo in a high-rise, though. You're going to find a lot of families with kids. $$$$$

West Hill: West Hill is in the western part of Kent, on the opposite side of the valley from East Hill. The area has a beautiful lake and parks, as well as lots of quiet residential neighborhoods. This is a trendy part of Kent, and you can walk around here to get to businesses. $$$

Downtown: Also known as the City Center, downtown Kent is the heart of the business district of the city. The area is full of shops, dining and entertainment. You should choose it if you want excitement, if you're looking for an affordable rental, since it has more than a lot of the outlying quiet residential areas. $$$

O'Brien: In the northwest corner of Kent, you'll find O'Brien, one of the most affordable areas in the city. Its nearly all renters, so you should come here if you want to find an apartment and be surrounded by other people who are renting apartments. Its one of the less safe and more urban areas, but that can be good if you're looking for something a little more stimulating than country living. $

Neighborhoods
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If you've decided that Kent is the right place for you to rent around Seattle, you might want to know a little bit more about where you should look in Kent. The area is small, but it does have distinct characteristics, depending on where you are in it geographically. Check out the information below to see where the right people, price range, and size of house is for you.

East Hill: This neighborhood is smack dab in the middle of Kent, geographically. It has a good mix of housing in terms of price and size. There are lots of houses here, as well as apartments, and there are lots of rentals--this could be a good place to look if you want to be part of a strong, young community and don't feel like being surrounded by families all day. $$

Berry Dale: This is the southeastern corner of Kent, and people who live here come for the really quiet neighborhood feel. It mostly has single-family homes, although there are some mobile homes and some row houses. Its not the place to look if you want a condo in a high-rise, though. You're going to find a lot of families with kids. $$$$$

West Hill: West Hill is in the western part of Kent, on the opposite side of the valley from East Hill. The area has a beautiful lake and parks, as well as lots of quiet residential neighborhoods. This is a trendy part of Kent, and you can walk around here to get to businesses. $$$

Downtown: Also known as the City Center, downtown Kent is the heart of the business district of the city. The area is full of shops, dining and entertainment. You should choose it if you want excitement, if you're looking for an affordable rental, since it has more than a lot of the outlying quiet residential areas. $$$

O'Brien: In the northwest corner of Kent, you'll find O'Brien, one of the most affordable areas in the city. Its nearly all renters, so you should come here if you want to find an apartment and be surrounded by other people who are renting apartments. Its one of the less safe and more urban areas, but that can be good if you're looking for something a little more stimulating than country living. $

Living in Kent

Theres a chance you're moving to Kent to actually be in Kent, now that REI and Oberto (Oh boy!) headquarters are there. But its more likely that you go to Kent to commute into Seattle. There are buses throughout Kent that will take you around the town and from the business district closer to your house. There are also buses that will take you into Seattle when you want to go there. There is also a train service between Kent and Seattle on the Sounder Train. This is a great option if you detest work traffic and all the frustrations that come with it. However, most people in Kent have their own cars and drive themselves around. This is because it is convenient to run errands, to get around at your own pace and schedule, and also to take advantage of so many beautiful outdoor sights and scenery nearby.

If you're more of a homebody, there are lots of things for you to do here, too; you don't always need to get out of town to be entertained! If you like the outdoors, Kent has lots of options. Lake Meridian Park is a family friendly park with a huge, clean lake in the middle. People come to swim, fish, or lay on the man-made beach there. There is also the Interurban Trail, which passes over the Green River. People love to walk, run or ride their bikes on the trail. Another great walking trail over Soos Creak is the Soos Creek Trail. The trail is paved and a great place to meander on a lovely day. If you like to be active but like to do it inside, Kent residents love the Kent Vally Ice Center. Its one of the biggest ice skating rinks in the area, and you can also play miniature golf there or take a swing at one of the batting cages. If you're not the active type, there are still lots of things to do in Kent. Shopaholics can engage themselves at Kent Station--a new shopping center with the nations best chain stores, or visiting the farmers market in downtown Kent, which offers the freshest locally grown veggies and fruits.

Living in Kent
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Theres a chance you're moving to Kent to actually be in Kent, now that REI and Oberto (Oh boy!) headquarters are there. But its more likely that you go to Kent to commute into Seattle. There are buses throughout Kent that will take you around the town and from the business district closer to your house. There are also buses that will take you into Seattle when you want to go there. There is also a train service between Kent and Seattle on the Sounder Train. This is a great option if you detest work traffic and all the frustrations that come with it. However, most people in Kent have their own cars and drive themselves around. This is because it is convenient to run errands, to get around at your own pace and schedule, and also to take advantage of so many beautiful outdoor sights and scenery nearby.

If you're more of a homebody, there are lots of things for you to do here, too; you don't always need to get out of town to be entertained! If you like the outdoors, Kent has lots of options. Lake Meridian Park is a family friendly park with a huge, clean lake in the middle. People come to swim, fish, or lay on the man-made beach there. There is also the Interurban Trail, which passes over the Green River. People love to walk, run or ride their bikes on the trail. Another great walking trail over Soos Creak is the Soos Creek Trail. The trail is paved and a great place to meander on a lovely day. If you like to be active but like to do it inside, Kent residents love the Kent Vally Ice Center. Its one of the biggest ice skating rinks in the area, and you can also play miniature golf there or take a swing at one of the batting cages. If you're not the active type, there are still lots of things to do in Kent. Shopaholics can engage themselves at Kent Station--a new shopping center with the nations best chain stores, or visiting the farmers market in downtown Kent, which offers the freshest locally grown veggies and fruits.

Rent Report
Kent

September 2020 Kent Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2020 Kent Rent Report. Kent rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Kent rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Kent rents increased slightly over the past month

Kent rents have increased 0.2% over the past month, and have increased slightly by 1.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Kent stand at $1,505 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,875 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in May. Kent's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of -0.6%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

    Rents rising across the Seattle Metro

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Kent, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Seattle metro, 7 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Bellevue has seen rents fall by 2.3% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro. It's also the most expensive city in the Seattle metro with a two-bedroom median of $2,368.
    • Lakewood has the least expensive rents in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,521; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 1.8%.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Kent

    As rents have increased slightly in Kent, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Kent is less affordable for renters.

    • Although rents across cities in Washington have been marginally on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.6% in Vancouver and 0.5% in Spokane.
    • Kent's median two-bedroom rent of $1,875 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While Kent's rents rose slightly over the past year, the city of Phoenix also saw an increase of 1.7%.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Kent than most large cities. For example, Spokane has a median 2BR rent of $910, where Kent is more than twice that price.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    City
    Median 1BR Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    Seattle
    $1,340
    $1,660
    -0.5%
    -1.9%
    Tacoma
    $1,270
    $1,580
    0.3%
    0
    Bellevue
    $1,900
    $2,370
    -0.7%
    -2.3%
    Everett
    $1,390
    $1,740
    0.3%
    1.1%
    Kent
    $1,510
    $1,870
    0.2%
    1.8%
    Renton
    $1,720
    $2,140
    0.3%
    0.7%
    Federal Way
    $1,420
    $1,760
    0.6%
    -0.3%
    Auburn
    $1,390
    $1,730
    0.6%
    1.1%
    Marysville
    $1,340
    $1,660
    0.2%
    0.5%
    Lakewood
    $1,220
    $1,520
    0.6%
    1.8%
    Redmond
    $1,810
    $2,260
    -0.8%
    -2.1%
    Kirkland
    $1,750
    $2,180
    -0.4%
    1.2%
    Sammamish
    $2,780
    $3,460
    -0.4%
    -0.8%
    Puyallup
    $1,590
    $1,980
    0
    0.3%
    Lynnwood
    $1,590
    $1,980
    0.1%
    0.3%
    Bothell
    $1,820
    $2,270
    0.3%
    -0.3%
    Spanaway
    $1,330
    $1,660
    0.1%
    0.7%
    Mercer Island
    $2,010
    $2,500
    0.1%
    -3.3%
    Kenmore
    $1,680
    $2,100
    0.1%
    -1.4%
    Mukilteo
    $1,720
    $2,150
    0.2%
    -8.6%
    Mountlake Terrace
    $1,630
    $2,020
    0.7%
    0.3%
    Snoqualmie
    $1,910
    $2,380
    -0.4%
    0.8%
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    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

    Read More

    September 2020 Kent Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Kent Rent Report. Kent rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Kent rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    View full Rent Report

    September 2020 Kent Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Kent Rent Report. Kent rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Kent rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    Kent rents increased slightly over the past month

    Kent rents have increased 0.2% over the past month, and have increased slightly by 1.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Kent stand at $1,505 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,875 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in May. Kent's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of -0.6%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

      Rents rising across the Seattle Metro

      Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Kent, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Seattle metro, 7 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Bellevue has seen rents fall by 2.3% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro. It's also the most expensive city in the Seattle metro with a two-bedroom median of $2,368.
      • Lakewood has the least expensive rents in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,521; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 1.8%.

      Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Kent

      As rents have increased slightly in Kent, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Kent is less affordable for renters.

      • Although rents across cities in Washington have been marginally on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.6% in Vancouver and 0.5% in Spokane.
      • Kent's median two-bedroom rent of $1,875 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While Kent's rents rose slightly over the past year, the city of Phoenix also saw an increase of 1.7%.
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Kent than most large cities. For example, Spokane has a median 2BR rent of $910, where Kent is more than twice that price.

      For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

      City
      Median 1BR Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      Seattle
      $1,340
      $1,660
      -0.5%
      -1.9%
      Tacoma
      $1,270
      $1,580
      0.3%
      0
      Bellevue
      $1,900
      $2,370
      -0.7%
      -2.3%
      Everett
      $1,390
      $1,740
      0.3%
      1.1%
      Kent
      $1,510
      $1,870
      0.2%
      1.8%
      Renton
      $1,720
      $2,140
      0.3%
      0.7%
      Federal Way
      $1,420
      $1,760
      0.6%
      -0.3%
      Auburn
      $1,390
      $1,730
      0.6%
      1.1%
      Marysville
      $1,340
      $1,660
      0.2%
      0.5%
      Lakewood
      $1,220
      $1,520
      0.6%
      1.8%
      Redmond
      $1,810
      $2,260
      -0.8%
      -2.1%
      Kirkland
      $1,750
      $2,180
      -0.4%
      1.2%
      Sammamish
      $2,780
      $3,460
      -0.4%
      -0.8%
      Puyallup
      $1,590
      $1,980
      0
      0.3%
      Lynnwood
      $1,590
      $1,980
      0.1%
      0.3%
      Bothell
      $1,820
      $2,270
      0.3%
      -0.3%
      Spanaway
      $1,330
      $1,660
      0.1%
      0.7%
      Mercer Island
      $2,010
      $2,500
      0.1%
      -3.3%
      Kenmore
      $1,680
      $2,100
      0.1%
      -1.4%
      Mukilteo
      $1,720
      $2,150
      0.2%
      -8.6%
      Mountlake Terrace
      $1,630
      $2,020
      0.7%
      0.3%
      Snoqualmie
      $1,910
      $2,380
      -0.4%
      0.8%
      See More

      Methodology - Recent Updates:

      Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

      Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

      Methodology:

      Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

      Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

      Read more about our methodology here.

      About Rent Reports:

      Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

      We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

      Kent Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      Here’s how Kent ranks on:

      D
      Safety and crime rate
      D
      Jobs and career opportunities
      D
      Recreational activities
      D
      Affordability
      B+
      Quality of schools
      D
      Weather
      D
      Commute time
      B-
      State and local taxes
      B-
      Public transit
      C+
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released results for Kent from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

      “According to our results, renters in Kent are dissatisfied with the city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They rated most categories with below-average scores.”

      Key findings in Kent include the following:

      • Kent renters give their city an F overall for satisfaction.
      • The highest-rated category for Kent was the quality of local schools, which received a B+.
      • Renters in Kent gave near-average scores to access to public transit (B-) and state and local taxes (B-).
      • Categories like safety, affordability, commute times, and local job and career opportunities all received scores of D.
      • Overall, renters in Kent are much less satisfied than renters in other Washington cities like Renton (A+), Bellevue (A-), and Tacoma (B).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.
      View our national survey results here.
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      Renter Confidence Survey

      Apartment List has released results for Kent from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

      “According to our results, renters in Kent are dissatisfied with the city overall,” says Andrew Woo...

      View full Kent Renter Survey

      Here’s how Kent ranks on:

      D
      Safety and crime rate
      D
      Jobs and career opportunities
      D
      Recreational activities
      D
      Affordability
      B+
      Quality of schools
      D
      Weather
      D
      Commute time
      B-
      State and local taxes
      B-
      Public transit
      C+
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released results for Kent from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

      “According to our results, renters in Kent are dissatisfied with the city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They rated most categories with below-average scores.”

      Key findings in Kent include the following:

      • Kent renters give their city an F overall for satisfaction.
      • The highest-rated category for Kent was the quality of local schools, which received a B+.
      • Renters in Kent gave near-average scores to access to public transit (B-) and state and local taxes (B-).
      • Categories like safety, affordability, commute times, and local job and career opportunities all received scores of D.
      • Overall, renters in Kent are much less satisfied than renters in other Washington cities like Renton (A+), Bellevue (A-), and Tacoma (B).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.
      View our national survey results here.