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.

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 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.

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: 36.10% of adults in Renton have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Renton in 2018 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Renton's cultural character, accounting for 28.67% of the city’s population.

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