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Renton, WA Education and City Information

Renton is a solidly middle class suburb on the southeastern side of the Seattle metro area, right on Lake Washington. The city is home to Renton Technical College, and approximately 28 other public and private, not-for-profit colleges and universities are located within a short commute.

Information About Renton, WA

In 2014, the population of Renton was estimated at 98,404 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. A diverse city, approximately 55 percent of Renton's residents identified as white in 2010, more than 21 percent as Asian, nearly 11 percent as African-American and more than 13 percent as Hispanic. The median household income for 2010-2014 was $65,223, solidly above state and national averages.

Renton features many special events throughout the year, including a Kids' Fishing Derby, an old-fashioned community Fourth of July picnic and 'Clam Lights,' a display of waterfront holiday lights held at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. The highlight of the year is Renton River Days, a summer community festival that includes sports events, a golf tournament, live music, art shows, crafts, vendor booths and a parade.

Education in Renton

Renton Technical College is the only not-for-profit postsecondary school in the city. As of Fall 2014, this 4-year public school had approximately 3,360 students. RTC primarily awards certificates and associate's degrees in dozens of fields of study. However, RTC also offers a program leading to a Bachelor of Applied Science in Application Development.

Within 20 miles of Renton, students will find a number of public and private not-for-profit 4-year schools, including Bellevue College, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington's Seattle campus. The area also is home to numerous community colleges and specialty schools, such as Photographic Center Northwest, Pinchot University and the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.

Economy of Renton

At its founding more than a century ago, Renton was a coal-mining town. Today, its specialty is high-tech manufacturing. Pacific Car and Foundry (or PACCAR Inc.) manufactures thousands of Kenworth trucks at its Renton plant. Boeing Company's 737 airliners are manufactured on Lake Washington, and the site of each plane's maiden flight is the Renton Municipal Airport. Boeing's Commercial Airplane Group is headquartered at Boeing's nearby Longacres Campus.

Renton also attracts the next generation of industry. Game maker Wizards of the Coast and software publisher Topics Entertainment are both located in Renton proper.


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