Renton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 105,179 people and 34 constituent neighborhoods, Renton is the eighth 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.
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 interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.60% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 that you will notice about Renton is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Renton a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
One downside of living in Renton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.76 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: 35.18% of adults in Renton have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Renton in 2018 was $42,736, which is upper middle income relative to Washington, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $170,944 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 15.59% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Renton include German, English, Irish, Norwegian, and European.
Renton also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 28.41%.
The most common language spoken in Renton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.