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Kent is a city located in King County, Washington, United States. It is the sixth largest city in the state and third largest in the county. Kent is in the heart of the Seattle–Tacoma metroplex, located 19 miles south of Seattle and 19 miles northeast of Tacoma. Incorporated in 1890, it is the second oldest incorporated city in King County after Seattle. Kent's population as of April, 2010 was 92,411 according to the 2010 census. The total grew to an estimated 124,435 as of July 1, 2013, owing primarily to annexation.Once a thriving agricultural area, Kent is now home to hundreds of companies. Among the many corporations headquartered in Kent are REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.), Oberto Sausage Company, and the two largest waterjet companies in the United States: Flow International Corporation and Omax Corporation.HistoryThe Kent area was first permanently settled by westerners in the early 1860s along the banks of the White River, and originally called Titusville. During the 1880s the town discovered hops production as the major source of income. Due to an aphid invasion which affected hops crops in Europe, hops from the Puget Sound area were commanding high prices. Hops were shipped from Titusville either by the river or via rail. In 1889 the town was renamed for Kent County, the major hops producing region in England. Hops production in the White River valley came to an end soon after its own invasion of aphids in 1891.
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