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.

Renton is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.54 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Renton is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Renton, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The population of Renton is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Renton's cultural character, accounting for 28.20% of the city’s population.

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