Renton, WA
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Renton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 100,953 people and 26 constituent neighborhoods, Renton is the ninth largest community in Washington.

Renton home prices are not only among the most expensive in Washington, but Renton real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Renton who work in office and administrative support (13.05%), sales jobs (10.22%), and management occupations (10.08%).

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.

One downside of living in Renton is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Renton, the average commute to work is 31.54 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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 citizens of Renton are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 35.44% of adults in Renton have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Renton in 2010 was $33,762, which is upper middle income relative to Washington, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $135,048 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 12.45% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Renton include English, Irish, Norwegian, and Italian.

In addition, Renton has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (28.20%).

The most common language spoken in Renton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.