Kent – Auburn

Located roughly 20 miles south of Seattle and 20 miles northeast of Tacoma, Kent - Auburn are positioned in the heart of the Seattle-Tacoma metro area. Both Auburn and Kent have Sounder trains stations for easy commuting to both downtowns. Major employers in the area include Boeing, the Outlet Collection shopping center, the Auburn and Kent School districts, Muckleshoot Tribal Enterprises and Auburn Medical Center. Both Boeing and Amazon have facilities in the area.

Kent-Auburn - Sounder

Equidistant from Seattle and Tacoma, with Sounder Rail.

Local bus routes offer direct service to downtown areas and the Kent or Auburn transit stations where you can connect to the Sounder rail. Nearby freeways include I-5, the Valley Freeway (State Route 167) and state route 18. The morning driving commute to Seattle and Bellevue averages at 60 minutes and 30 minutes to Tacoma.

King County Metro

Kent-Auburn - Auburn Library

King County Libraries are located in Auburn and Kent.

Offering more than 4.1 million items, including books, newspapers, audio and videotapes, CDs, DVD and online resources, the King county Library system is a wealth of information and fun. All branches have free public Wi-Fi. Branches are located just a mile or two from these areas in downtown Auburn and Kent. There is also a branch in the neighboring town of Covington (approximately 4 miles to the east).

King County Library System


Several ECEAP and Head Start sites in Auburn and Kent.

ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) and Head Start are early learning programs that help children under age 5 build skills that will get them ready for kindergarten, prepare them to excel in school and be successful as adults. There are several sites in the Auburn and Kent where these programs are offered. Use the online ECEAP and Head Start site locators to find a program that is best for you and your family.

Washington State Preschool Programs


Attend one of Washignton's most diverse districts: Auburn or Kent.

Both Kent and Auburn Public Schools are among the top five most diverse districts in Washington, with Kent being the most diverse in the state. There is also a small area of this neighborhood that falls within the Tahoma School District. There are a variety of elementary, middle and high school options depending on where you may live. Talk with your Housing Locator to find out more about the specific schools in this area.

Auburn Public Schools

Kent Public Schools

Major grocery and shopping centers nearby

Grocery shopping is easy with many large grocery chains nearby, including Fred Meyer, Safeway, Grocery Outlet and Walmart. Auburn and Kent are also home to a variety of specialty food stores offering culturally-specific food options. There are also food banks that serve both the Auburn and Kent communities.

Auburn Food Bank

Kent Food Bank


Many outdoor options like Game Farm and Green River Trail.

Auburn and Kent offer a number of outdoor recreation options. Two highlights are the Game Farm and the Green River Trail. Game Farm is one of the largest and most frequently used community parks in Auburn, with sports complexes, outdoor grills and play areas. The Green River Trail winds more than 19 miles along the Green River - great for walking, running, or biking. Find out more about the parks online or take a visit!

Auburn Parks and Recreation

Kent Parks and Recreation