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.The population was 28,904 in the 2010 Census and was estimated at 30,071 in 2016.
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.
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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.
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