Renton, WA
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Renton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 100,242 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, 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 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 (13.08%), sales jobs (10.52%), and management occupations (9.86%).

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.

In Renton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.01 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.

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 overall education level of Renton citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.94% of adults in Renton have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Renton in 2010 was $32,788, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $131,152 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 12.26% 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 27.45% of the city’s population.

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