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 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 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 (13.22%), sales jobs (10.62%), and management occupations (9.15%).

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 downside of living in Renton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.25 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.

In terms of college education, Renton is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.73% of adults in Renton have a college degree.

The per capita income in Renton in 2010 was $32,136, which is upper middle income relative to Washington, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $128,544 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 13.59% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Renton include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Swedish.

Renton also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 28.46%.

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