Kent (Ohio)

Kent, Ohio Downtown

Kent is a college town in Northeast, Ohio. Kent, the home of Kent State University, is a quaint town with a very diverse community (particularly on the liberal to conservative scale) and is home to an annual Folk Music Festival.


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Kent, a city of 29000 people on the Cuyahoga River in Northeastern Ohio, is part of the greater Akron area. Established in 1805 as Franklin Mills, initial settlement exploited the river to operate water-powered mills. 1830s and 1840s development was based around the Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal. Franklin Mills was a waypoint on the Underground Railroad before the American Civil War and in 1864 was renamed for Marvin Kent, who brought the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad maintenance shops to town.

Since 1910, Kent is a college town, now infamous as the site of the 1970 Kent State shootings. "The Tree City" as the home of the Davey Tree Expert Company, Kent offers public bus service and hike-and-bike trails. The town has nearly 20 parks and preserves with a number of annual festivals related to Earth Day, folk music and the U.S. Independence Day.

Get in

By car

State Route 59 is the main east–west highway, following East and West Main Streets and Haymaker Parkway. Summit Street is another major east-west road mainly on Kent's eastern side, passing through and linking much of the Kent State campus. Fairchild Avenue is an important east-west road on the city's west side connecting with Stow and Cuyahoga Falls. State Route 43 is the main north–south highway, mainly following North Mantua and South Water Streets. SR 43 connects Kent with Interstate 76, approximately 3 miles (5 km) to the south via exit 33 in Brimfield and to the Ohio Turnpike/Interstate 80 and the eastern terminus of Interstate 480, approximately 7 miles (11 km) to the north via Turnpike exit 187 in Streetsboro. Both SR 43 and SR 59 are four to five-lane roads within the city limits. State Route 261 passes through the southern and eastern edges of the city and is a four-lane divided highway for a short distance with the remainder a two-lane highway. It serves as a bypass between SR 43, SR 59, and Summit Street on Kent's south and eastern sides and to Tallmadge on the southwest.

By plane

The nearest major airports are Akron-Canton Regional Airport (IATA: CAK) which is about 30 minutes away by car, and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (IATA: CLE) which is about 50 minutes away by car.

Kent State University also operates Kent State University Airport (FAA LID: 1G3), in nearby Stow, Ohio, which is for educational and public use.

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Routes through Kent

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