Renton, WA
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Renton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 101,379 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 (12.09%), sales jobs (10.47%), and management occupations (10.44%).

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 that you will notice about Renton is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Renton a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

In Renton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.12 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Renton use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Renton‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

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: 36.88% of adults in Renton have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Renton in 2010 was $35,517, which is upper middle income relative to Washington, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $142,068 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 13.68% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Renton include German, English, Irish, Norwegian, and Italian.

In addition, Renton has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (28.59%).

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