Renton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 101,751 people and 26 constituent neighborhoods, Renton is the ninth largest community in Washington.
Housing costs in Renton are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Renton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Renton is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Renton who work in office and administrative support (10.70%), management occupations (10.32%), and sales jobs (9.52%).
Also of interest is that Renton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Another interesting thing about Renton, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One downside of living in Renton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.49 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Renton is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Renton area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The education level of Renton citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.50% of adults in Renton have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Renton in 2018 was $39,162, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $156,648 for a family of four. However, Renton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Renton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Renton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Renton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Renton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.58% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Renton include German, English, Irish, Norwegian, and European.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Renton's cultural character, accounting for 28.65% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Renton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.