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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 106,785 people and 34 constituent neighborhoods, Renton is the eighth 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 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 (11.66%), management occupations (10.21%), and sales jobs (8.58%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.73% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.90 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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 citizens of Renton are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 35.03% of adults in Renton have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Renton in 2018 was $40,594, which is upper middle income relative to Washington, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $162,376 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 14.83% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Renton include German, English, Irish, Norwegian, and European.

In addition, Renton has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (27.80%).

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