The third largest industrial area in the country is found in King County, just outside Seattle. It is Kent, a suburb of around 80,000, located between Seattle and Tacoma. A sprawling warehouse district is the hallmark of Kent’s industry-heavy economy; Whirpool and General Electric are two major corporations with distribution centers there. It is also home to outdoor clothing and gear manufacturer REI, Oberto Sausage, and one of Boeing’s plants used for building lunar rovers.
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine named Kent one of the “Best Places to Live,” and the inviting neighborhoods and outstanding school system should appeal to young families. Mt. Rainier provides a backdrop of scenic beauty to go along with the comfortably warm climate.
Also midway between Seattle and Tacoma, on the shore of Puget Sound, is the city of Des Moines. Dubbed the “Waterland City” because of its six miles of shoreline, Des Moines boasts mild winters and not-too-hot summers as well. With both cities offering housing opportunities to fit every budget, apartments in Kent/Des Moines are good options for anyone relocating to Washington who wants to stay out of the major metropolitan areas.