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Overview

Introduction to Renton, Washington

Renton, Washington, in King county, is 10 miles SE of Seattle, Washington. It's situated along the shore of Lake Washington and is part of the Puget Sound region. Majestic views of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Ranier and the Cascade Mountains can be seen from the city. The Cedar River flows through Renton. Boeing, PACCAR, the game maker Wizards of the Coast, the internet company Classmates.com and software publisher TOPICS Entertainment have facilities in the city.

Renton History

The Duwamish were the original inhabitants. Pioneers established settlements beginning in the 1850's. In 1873 the Renton Coal Company was founded. The city was established in 1901. Between 1920 and 1930 Renton developed into a prominent urban center. The Boeing Airplane Company was manufacturing planes During World War II and was a major employer.

Renton Attractions

  • Renton River Days
  • Valley Community Players
  • Renton History Museum
  • Moonlight Movies
  • Renton City Concert Band
  • Clam Lights Festival
  • Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center
  • Summer Teen Musical
  • Renton Farmers Market

Renton Activities

Renton incudes a large number of parks and trails. Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, situated at Lake Washington is a popular destination. The Cedar River Trail offers scenic views. The Henry Moses Aquatic Center is popular with families. Black River Riparian Forest, May Creek Natural Area, Renton Wetlands, Honey Creek Natural Area, the Springbrook Watershed and Panther Creek Wetlands are some of the scenic nearby nature areas.

Philip Arnold Park is popular for mountain biking. The Cascade Canoe and Kayak Center is nearby. The Maplewood Golf Course is popular with golf enthusiasts. Residents enjoy the entertainment and professional sports teams located in nearby Seattle. The scenic Cascades and Mt. Ranier are close by and offer a variety of outdoor activities.

Renton Transportation

The city is served by the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The city is provided transportation by King County Metro and Sound Transit Express buses. The municipality offers commuter rail access.

People

Total Population 97,234
Male Share of the Population 50.2%
Female Share of the Population 49.8%
Senior Citizens 10.3%
Employed Population 16+ 50,826
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 47.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.9%
Median Earnings25+ $41,499
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,911
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,778

Wealth

Median Family Income $76,324
% Above Poverty Level 87.8%
% Below Poverty Level 12.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 7%

Housing

People Living Alone 31%
Median Gross Rent $1,195
Median House Value $291,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 49.5%
US/American 0.2%
English 7.2%
Irish 6.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Renton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 10 miles SE of Seattle, Washington
County King
Standard Zip Codes 98055, 98056, 98058, 98059
P.O. Box Zip Codes 98057
Phone Area Codes 425
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.483
Longitude -122.215

Renton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SEATTLE TACOMA AP
Distance 4.8 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 75 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Station SEATTLE SAND PT WSFO
Distance 13.9 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 75 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.9 inches
Station PUYALLUP 2 W EXP STN
Distance 20.3 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 47 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 52 to 78 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 40.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Renton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cascade (98058)

Hazelwood (98056)

Highlands (98056)

Kennydale (98056)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burien 49,785 $64,546
Mercer Island 24,120 $162,583
Newcastle 10,994 $142,188
Normandy Park 6,568 $114,875
SeaTac 27,859 $51,773
Tukwila 19,757 $57,958

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Renton Hospitals

VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
400 S 43RD ST
(425) 228-3450
Emergency Service: Yes

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Renton High Schools

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HAZEN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1101 HOQUIAM AVE NE
425-204-4200
Serves 1,235 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

LIBERTY SR HIGH SCHOOL
16655 SE 136TH ST
425-837-4800
Serves 1,229 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.1

LINDBERGH SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
16426 128TH AVE SE
425-204-3200
Serves 1,205 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.2

RENTON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
400 S 2ND ST
425-204-3400
Serves 1,011 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

SARTORI EDUCATION CENTER
315 GARDEN AVE N
425-204-4547
A Non-traditional School
Serves 156 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

HOME PROGRAM @ HONEYDEW
800 UNION AVE NE
425-204-4800
Serves 136 students.

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300 SW 7TH ST
425-204-2200
A Special Education School
Serves 21 students.

GRIFFIN HOME
2500 LAKE WASHINGTON BLVD N
425-204-2233
A Special Education School
Serves 12 students.

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