Kent, located in the center of the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, is the 6th-largest city in Washington State. The Kent Valley is home to one of our region’s largest employment bases, with hundreds of thousands of blue- and grey-collar jobs, and features captivating neighborhoods, award-winning parks, exceptional school districts, and nationally accredited police and fire departments.
- 1870–1900 Once a major hops producer, in 1889 Kent was named for the County of Kent, a key hops producing region in England.
- 1900–1930 After the turn of the 20th century the area turned to dairy farming, and was home to a Carnation Condensed Milk plant.
- 1930–1965 In the 1930s, Kent was known as the Lettuce Capital of the World. The lettuce fields eventually made way for the Boeing Space Center.
- 1965 Boeing begins building their Space Center in Kent, establishing Kent as the industrial nerve center of the Puget Sound region.
- 2005 Kent Station opens as a destination amenity for residents. Extensive retail, residential, and office space is anchored by a branch of Green River College, and supported by a transit center.
- 2009 The ShoWare Center is home to the Seattle Thunderbirds (hockey), Tacoma Stars (soccer), and Seattle Mist (football). The 6,500-seat arena also hosts concerts, shows, and other events.
- 2010–Future Alaska Airlines, REI, Oberto Sausage Company, and Seattle Bicycle Supply are all headquartered in the Kent Valley, while Amazon, Starbucks, and GE, operate major facilities here.