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Part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, Kent was settled in 1805 and was known for many years as Franklin Mills.Settlers were attracted to the area due to its location along the Cuyahoga River as a place for water-powered mills.
Leading up to the American Civil War, Franklin Mills was noted for its activity in the "Underground Railroad".Historically a manufacturing center, education is the city's largest economic sector with Kent State University the city's, and one of the region's, largest employers.The Kent City School District and the Kent Free Library provide additional education opportunities and resources.Many of Kent's demographic elements are influenced by the presence of the university, particularly the median age, median income, and those living below the poverty level.With the decline of the canal and the emergence of the railroad, the town became the home of the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad maintenance shops through the influence of Marvin Kent.In 1864 the town was renamed Kent in honor of and in gratitude for Marvin Kent's efforts.
It was incorporated as a village in 1867 and became a city after the 1920 Census.
Today Kent is a college town best known as the home of the main campus of Kent State University, founded in 1910, and as the site of the 1970 Kent State shootings.
It is located along the Cuyahoga River in Northeast Ohio on the western edge of the county.
state of Ohio and the largest city in Portage County.
The population was 28,904 in the 2010 Census and 29,810 in the 2015 estimate.
The city is counted as part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area and the larger Cleveland–Akron–Canton Combined Statistical Area.