Renton, WA Education and City Information

Aug 06, 2020

Information About Renton, WA

In 2019, the population of Renton was estimated at 91,912 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. A diverse city, approximately 49 percent of Renton's residents identified as white in 2019, more than 23 percent as Asian, about 10 percent as African-American and nearly 14 percent as Hispanic. The median household income for 2014-2018 was $74,756, 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 2018, this 4-year public school had approximately 3,700 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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