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Renton, Washington
—  City  —


Location of Renton in
King County and Washington
Coordinates: 47°29′12″N 122°11′43″W / 47.48667°N 122.19528°W / 47.48667; -122.19528Coordinates: 47°29′12″N 122°11′43″W / 47.48667°N 122.19528°W / 47.48667; -122.19528
Country United States
State Washington
County King
 - Mayor Denis Law
 - Total 22.3 sq mi (44.8 km2)
 - Land 22.0 sq mi (44.1 km2)
 - Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Elevation 46–410 ft (14–125 m)
Population (2009)
 - Total 83,650
 Density 4,625.7/sq mi (1,786/km2)
  City Proper
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 98055–98059
Area code(s) 425
FIPS code 53-57745[1]
GNIS feature ID 1512599[2]

Renton is a city in King County, Washington, United States. Situated 13 miles (21 km) southeast of Seattle, Washington, Renton straddles the southeast shore of Lake Washington. The State of Washington Office of Financial Management estimates the City of Renton's population to be 82,548 as of May 2009.[3] The population increased significantly with the recent annexation[3] of the Benson Hill communities directly southeast of the city. According to the data from the Office of Financial Management, Renton currently contains the 11th largest population in the state, and 5th largest in King County.[3]

Based on per capita income, Renton ranks 100th of 522 areas ranked in the state of Washington.[3]



The town of Renton was founded as a farming site by Erasmus M. Smithers who discovered coal there and brought in Charles D. Shattuck as coal mine operator.

Renton was incorporated as a city in 1901 (September 6) when coal mining and timber processing were the most important economic activities in the area. The town's population boomed during World War II when Boeing built their Renton Factory to produce the B-29 Superfortress. The factory has continued to operate since then, and still produces 737 aircraft. It also produced the Jetfoil and Pegasus class hydrofoils in the 1970s. As of 2001, 40% of all commercial aircraft in the air were assembled in Renton. Boeing remains the largest employer in Renton, which is home to over 10,000 employees and three of the aerospace giant's six major business divisions: Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Capital Corporation and the Shared Services Group. The local newspaper in the 1970s, the Record Chronicle, proclaimed the city the jet capital of the world.

Paccar has traditionally been a large employer in the city as well with its Kenworth Truck plant located in Renton's industrial area on the south end of Lake Washington. Game company Wizards of the Coast also is headquartered in Renton. Providence Health System has centralized certain of its operations in Renton and according to Mayor Koelker's 2007 State of the City address, expects to eventually have 1,000 workers at Southgate Office Park. Online social-networking website is also located in the aforementioned Southgate Office Park.

The city was involved in a 1986 Supreme Court case. In its decision on City of Renton v. Playtime Theatres, Inc., the Court upheld Renton's statute that no adult theater be located within 1,000 feet (300 m) of a school, park, church, or residential zone; the Court rejected the theater owners' argument that the statute violated the First Amendment.

Another State Supreme Court Case involving Renton was Scoccolo Construction v. City of Renton. The contractor alleged that the City was responsible for delays in the project caused by third party utilities. The contractor prevailed making this an important precedent setting case for Washington State.[4]

Recently, owing to its location at the confluence of three major freeways (I-5, I-405, and SR 167), Renton has become home to a number of destination retailers that draw customers from around the state, including Fry's Electronics and the only IKEA store in the state of Washington.[citation needed] Renton was also the starting point for the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train, which stopped service in the summer of 2007.

New developments

Formerly synonymous with the large industrial companies such as Boeing, and Kenworth, a pattern of future development was established with the attraction of the first IKEA in the Pacific Northwest to Renton in 1994. February 2007 saw the lease signing of another new resident, a branch of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with an address in Renton.[3] A new branch of the Federal Reserve Bank now calls Renton home, beginning operations in the spring of 2008 on the site of the former Longacres horse-racing track.[3]

To date, a myriad of major retail, residential, and other developments are amidst planning, in construction, or have been successfully executed. Among which include a spurt of activity at Port Quendall in north Renton. This lakeside parcel of land has become the new home to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC), housing the Seattle Seahawks Headquarters and training facility that opened in August 2008. Formerly headquartered in Kirkland, Washington; the Seattle Seahawks state of the art Renton facility, which, at an expansive 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) is the second largest facility in the NFL.[3]

The downtown core has experienced the dramatic impact of revitalization over the last decade[3]. Since the mid-1990s, Renton has combated the threat of urban decay beginning by revitalizing the downtown neighborhoods with a series of public and private projects targeted to develop a stronger aesthetic, and community developments that encourage thriving neighborhoods[3]. Projects have included a new transit center in partnership with King County METRO transit. Adjacent to the transit center and in the surrounding blocks several mixed-use residential and retail buildings have been constructed including:

  • Revo 225
  • Burnett Station
  • Metropolitan Place
  • 95 Burnett

These developments are in conjunction with several new community event centers called the Piazza and the Pavilion Building. In addition there is a local Farmers' Market, and the development has attracted restaurants and further development.

Currently nearing completion of construction on 68 acres (280,000 m2) in the South Lake Washington neighborood is a major development titled The Landing.[3] Modeled to be an "Urban Village," The Landing will offer over a half-million square-feet of retail, restaurant, and entertainment space.[3] The Landing will furthermore contain 880 residential homes. Several of the initial tenants of The Landing arrived in October 2007, with additional businesses opening throughout 2008 and 2009.


Aerial view of Renton at south end of Lake Washington, looking east. Large gray structure is Boeing plant; mountains are in distance.

Renton is located at 47°29′12″N 122°11′43″W / 47.486622°N 122.195163°W / 47.486622; -122.195163 (47.486622, -122.195163)[5], on the southeast shore of Lake Washington.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.3 square miles (44.8 km2), of which, 17.0 square miles (44.1 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km2) of it (1.62%) is water, most of which is the Cedar River. Potential Annexation Areas (PAAs) include the communities of Fairwood southeast of Renton, the East Renton Plateau on the eastern edge of Renton, and West Hill west of Renton. These communities are large unincorporated urban areas that are encouraged by the King County Annexation Initiative[3] to incorporate as cities or annex into neighboring cities; thus they are not part of the City of Renton, and shall not be referenced in demographic or statistical inclusion.

Renton is among a handful of cities in the Puget Sound Region with an independent street grid system. Roads names beginning with sectional divisions (N 32nd ST) generally follow a latitudinal direction, while roads names ending in a sectional direction (Duvall Ave NE) generally follow a longitudinal direction. Many of the avenues in the city are named in honor of other cities in Washington. The city also has its own library system and housing authority. This helps the city to avoid higher regional taxes. As a result, Renton property owners enjoy the smallest average tax increases in King County[6].

Renton is bordered to the north by the cities of Bellevue, Washington; and Newcastle, Washington. Along the east side of Renton is the border of the Urban Growth Boundary established by King County[3], as such there is no incorporated city directly east of Renton. The geographical characteristics of Renton's eastern border is varied by the southwestern flank of Cougar Mountain, descending south southwest to the community of May Valley, ascending again in the south to the communities of the East Renton Plateau. Renton is bordered to the south by the city of Kent, Washington. The western border is with the city of Tukwila, Washington, the unincorporated PAA and CDP of West Hill, and finally Lake Washington.

Renton's Records and Averages

Climate data for Renton, Washington
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 64
Average high °F (°C) 47
Average low °F (°C) 35
Record low °F (°C) -10
Precipitation inches (mm) 5.3
Source: [7] (2009-09-01)

Surrounding Cities


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 200
1890 406 103.0%
1900 412 1.5%
1910 2,740 565.0%
1920 3,301 20.5%
1930 4,062 23.1%
1940 4,488 10.5%
1950 16,039 257.4%
1960 18,453 15.1%
1970 26,686 44.6%
1980 30,612 14.7%
1990 41,688 36.2%
2000 50,052 20.1%
Est. 2008 83,650 67.1%
Renton Public Library straddles the Cedar River

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 50,052 people, 21,708 households, and 12,243 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,939.7 people per square mile (1,134.8/km2). There were 22,676 housing units at an average density of 1,331.8/sq mi (514.1/km2). The ethnic makeup of the city was 68.14% White, 8.47% African American, 0.72% Native American, 13.37% Asian, 0.50% Pacific Islander, 4.24% from other ethnicities, and 4.57% from two or more ethnicities. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.63% of the population.

There were 21,708 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.6% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,820, and the median income for a family was $55,747. Males had a median income of $40,765 versus $31,543 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,346. About 7.0% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.5% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.


Renton Technical College, opened in 1942 originally as a war production school, offers two year sub-baccalaureate degrees and certificates of completion.

Students in public schooling from Kindergarten to twelfth grade primarily attend schools within the Renton School District.[3] Additionally, the Issaquah School District[3] as well as the Kent School District[3] serve small portions of unincorporated Renton neighborhoods.

The Renton School District includes the following high schools (graded 9-12):

Middle Schools (grades 6-8):

Elementary Schools (K-5)

  • Benson Hill Elementary School
  • Bryn Mawr Elementary School
  • Campbell Hill Elementary School
  • Cascade Elementary School
  • Hazelwood Elementary School
  • Highlands Elementary School
  • Kennydale Elementary School
  • Lakeridge Elementary School
  • Maplewood Heights Elementary School
  • Renton Park Elementary School
  • Sierra Heights Elementary School
  • Talbot Hill Elementary School
  • Tiffany Park Elementary School

The southern region of the Issaquah School District includes the following schools in unincorporated Renton neighborhoods:

  • Liberty High School
  • Maywood Middle School
  • Apollo Elementary School
  • Briarwood Elementary School
  • Maple Hills Elementary School

The northeastern region of the Kent School District includes the following schools in unincorporated Renton neighborhoods:

  • Meeker Middle School
  • Northwood Middle School
  • Carriage Crest Elementary School
  • Fairwood Elementary School
  • Glenridge Elementary School
  • Ridgewood Elementary School

Sister cities

Renton has sister cities of Nishiwaki, Japan and Cuautla, Jalisco, Mexico[3]


Renton is served by King County Metro and Sound Transit Express buses. Clayton Scott Field (KRNT), located just north of downtown Renton, houses several facilities that offer charter services and flight training.

Notable residents

See also


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Renton, Washington
—  City  —
Coordinates: 47°29′12″N 122°11′43″W / 47.48667°N 122.19528°W / 47.48667; -122.19528
Country United States
State Washington
County King
 - Mayor Denis Law.
 - Total 22.3 sq mi (44.8 km2)
 - Land 22.0 sq mi (44.1 km2)
 - Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Elevation 46-410 ft (14-125 m)
Population (2008)
 - Total 78,780
 Density 1,331.5/sq mi (514.1/km2)
  City Proper
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 98055-98059
Area code(s) 425
FIPS code 53-57745[1]
GNIS feature ID 1512599[2]

Renton is a city in King County, Washington, United States. Located 13 miles (21 km) southeast of Seattle, Washington, Renton is located on the southeast shore of Lake Washington. The city's population was 50,052 at the 2000 census. Its current population is likely 78,780 as of April 1, 2008[3]. The population increased dramatically because of the addition[3] of the Benson Hill communities directly southeast of the city. According to the data from the Office of Financial Management, Renton is the 11th largest city in Washington, and 5th largest in King County.[3]

Based on per capita income, Renton ranks 100th of 522 areas ranked in the state of Washington.[3]

Notable residents

  • Jimi Hendrix, famous musician, buried in the city's Greenwood cemetery since 1970.[4]
  • Ann Rule, the true crime novelist currently resides in Renton.
  • Sean Kinney, drummer of Alice In Chains grew up in Renton.
  • Bonnie Guitar, singer in the 50's and 60's, gave singing lessons as Bonnie Tutmarc, in the early 50's.
  • Tim Lincecum, famous Major League Baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants grew up in Renton, and attended Liberty HS.
  • Brandon Roy, NBA basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers, resides in Renton.[5]
  • Jamal Crawford, NBA player for the Golden State Warriors, has a home in Renton and resides there during the off-season.[6]
  • Kristina Horner, Eia Waltzer, Brittany Vahlberg, and Nick Horner, members of the wizard rock group The Parselmouths


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