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From the shores of Lake Washington to the ‘Highlands,’ Renton is a growing suburb that takes pride in its diverse population and a strong community that has seen many ups and downs, but has ultimately stood the test of time.

 History

Renton has somewhat of a violent past. The first pioneers built a sawmill and mined ore in the 1850s, but conflicts erupted with the Native American tribes and fights broke out around the region. They only lasted a few months, but in the meantime the mill was burned to the ground and most settlers left. Eventually the town of Renton was platted and a rebound began. The local rivers were great for industry and mines, farms, and mills flourished and by 1910, a community with churches, schools, and businesses had developed. When Boeing moved to Renton in 1941, the city was put on the map as a booming town for once and for all.

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Who Lives Here?

Rat Racers - Dual-income suburban families.
These married couples with children lead very busy lives, with most bringing in two paychecks per household. Education level varies from high school to college.
Affluent DINKs - High-income, kid-free couples living in the suburbs.
Middle-age Dual Income No Kids couple bringing in two attractive incomes. Most are highly educated and are employed in management professions. A high proportion are homeowners.
New Suburbanites - Mobile suburban singles.
A high proportion of these pre-middle-age to middle-age singles have moved to the suburbs in the past 4 years. Some have a college education and work in professional or management careers.
Wide Open Foyers - Suburban families living in large houses.
These well-off married couples with children own their own homes, and the homes are bigger than average. Age ranges from the mid-30s to the upper 50s. Most are highly educated professionals, many with advanced degrees.
Suburban Climbers - Younger suburban singles.
Aspiring singles climbing the corporate ladder and calling the suburbs home. Age ranges from mid-20s to mid-40s. Most rent their homes.
Renton
Median Household Income $45,820
Owners/Renters 50%/50%
Median Age 35
Single Males 16%
Single Females 14%
Homes With Kids 24%
Household Size 2.3
Commute Time 29 min

 Activities and Attractions

Renton is reinventing itself from an industrial-type town to a more hip place to live. A new residential and shopping complex has been built recently. Dubbed ‘The Landing,’ this place is reminiscent of Redmond Town Center with its outdoor mall, with the added benefit of apartment dwellings on site.

The downtown area has a slightly more lived-in feel, with businesses that have been around much longer. Take the Melrose Grill, for example, which opened its doors in 1901 and specializes in steaks and other grilled staples like salmon and pork chops. And while Liberty Café has only been open a few short years, it has already earned a reputation as the best coffee in Renton; maybe even in the greater Seattle region! You might also enjoy The Met Wine Bar, A Terrible Beauty Irish Pub, or Pop! Gourmet Popcorn.

Renton has many parks and historical sites as well. Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park takes up 57 acres of land on Lake Washington and offers swimming, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, and picnic areas, not to mention two food stands: Ivar’s and Kidd Valley. What more do you need?

The Cedar River Park provides a giant play field as well as access to the Cedar River hiking trail. Also located here is the Renton Community Center, where you can take part in all kinds of sports and activities from arts and crafts to dance classes, and the Carco Theatre, a site for concerts and plays for all ages.

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