Renton is a suburb of Seattle, Washington on the south end of Lake Washington in King County. The city is 17.3 square miles and has a population of approximately 78,780 and is the fifth largest city in King County. The Cedar River flows through Renton's downtown and into Lake Washington. The city has stunning views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges and of Mount Rainier.
The city was incorporated in 1901 but really boomed during World War II when the Boeing Aircraft Company built a production plant there. Boeing remains the city's largest employers with its 737 production line there. Renton is only 10 minutes from Sea Tac International airport and Renton Municipal Airport is in the city proper.
Seattle is located to the northeast of the city, Bellevue and Newcastle to the North, Kent to the South, and Tukwila to the West. The city also borders unincorporated areas of Fairwood, East Renton Plateau and West Hill.Highways
Renton has access to four major highways, the Interstate 5 and Interstate 405 both run north-south, Interstate 90 which runs west-east and State Route 167 which run parallel to Interstate 5 until Puyallup.Schools
The Renton School District, which has 13,000 students, serves the city.
High schools include Hazen, Lindbergh and Renton. Alternative high schools include Black River and Sartori Education Center. Some high school students in unincorporated Renton neighborhoods attend Liberty High School in the Issaquah School District.
Renton Technical College has certification and degree programs in automotive, business technology, construction, cosmetology, culinary arts, manufacturing, technology and health careers.Notable Residents
Jimi Hendrix is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Renton and there is picturesque memorial to him there. Ann Rule, writer of true crime stories, makes Renton her home.Major Employers
The Boeing factory is the city's largest employer. Other major employers include Valley Medical Center, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Reserve Bank, Paccar, Kenworth Truck plants and Providence Health System. Technology companies include Wizards of the Coast, Topics Entertainment and Classmates.com.
The Seattle Seahawks have their headquarters and a 200,000 square foot training facility on Lake Washington.
Renton River Days is a community festival that is a week-long event with Liberty Park the center of the festival.
The city boasts 28 public parks, 12.5 miles of trails and 732 acres of public open space with two lake front beaches and a public boat launch.Links
- City of Renton - http://www.rentonwa.gov/
- Chamber of Commerce - http://www.gorenton.com/
- Rotary Club - http://rentonrotary.org/