Stock photo, Metro Creative Graphics

Stock photo, Metro Creative Graphics

Kent apartment rents up 16.8% compared to June 2021

Median rents are $1,477 for a one-bedroom apartment, $1,904 for a two-bedroom

Apartment rents in Kent increased 0.6% in June and are up sharply by 16.8% compared to the same time last year.

Median rents in Kent are $1,477 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,904 for a two-bedroom, according to the latest monthly report by

This is the sixth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in December 2021. Kent’s year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 13.8%, as well as the national average of 14.1%.

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Kent, but across the entire Seattle-Tacoma metro area.

Bellevue has the most expensive rents in the Seattle metro area, with a two-bedroom median of $2,451; the city has also seen rent growth of 20.9% over the past year, the fastest in the area.

Lakewood has the least expensive rents in the Seattle-Tacoma area, with a two-bedroom median of $1,442; rents grew 0.3% over the past month and 7.5% over the past year.

As rents have increased sharply in Kent, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Kent is less affordable for renters.

Rents increased sharply in other cities across the state, with Washington as a whole logging rent growth of 13.8% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 11.3% in Vancouver and 3.5% in Spokane.

Kent’s median two-bedroom rent of $1,904 is above the national average of $1,339. Nationwide, rents have grown by 14.1% over the past year compared to the 16.8% rise in Kent.

While Kent’s rents rose sharply over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including New York City (+26.8%), Austin (+17.4%), and Phoenix (+17.1%).

Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Kent than most large cities. For example, Spokane has a median two-bedroom rent of $1,290, where Kent is nearly one-and-a-half times that price.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

King County Local Dive podcast
Housing First: ‘What if we do nothing about homelessness?’ | Podcast

A podcast about King County’s Health Through Housing initiative.

564-unit Kent apartment complex proposed for West Hill

Project would be built along South 240th Street; east of Lowe’s and west of I-5

Kent man charged with assault after police standoff at apartment complex

67-year-old man reportedly threatened to shoot woman and her father

Five family members, dog escape Kent house fire on East Hill

24 emergency response personnel handle the call early Friday morning, Aug. 12

Kent firefighters extinguish shed fire along Novak Lane

Takes about an hour to put out as fire extends to brush

Puget Sound Fire responds in Kent to four fires within an hour

A vehicle, pile of tires and two dumpsters burned Aug. 8 in 10600 block of SE 240th Street

Stock photo, Metro Creative Graphics
Rapper gets 6 years in prison for drug dealing in King, other counties

Kent detective part of regional DEA Drug Task Force that investigated the case

Contract talks between Kent teachers, school district remain distant

Strike a possibility as union and district struggle to reach agreement

Executive Dow Constantine. Courtesy of King County.
County executive announces coalition to tackle King County’s degrading state of behavioral health care

The policy proposals will be delivered to the King Couty Council next month.

Most Read