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 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 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.

Another interesting thing about Renton, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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.

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: 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Renton's cultural character, accounting for 28.59% of the city’s population.

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