Renton, WA
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Living in Renton


Renton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 102,153 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, Renton isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Renton are a mix 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 (11.57%), sales jobs (10.15%), and management occupations (9.98%).

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 thing noticeable about Renton, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Renton is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Renton a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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 32.94 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.

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 education level of Renton citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.10% of adults in Renton have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Renton in 2010 was $37,460, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $149,840 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 13.90% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Renton include German, English, Irish, Norwegian, and Italian.

Renton also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 28.67%.

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