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.
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.
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.