Renton (Washington)

King County


Renton is a city in King County, Washington, United States. At the last Census 2010 90.927 inhabitants were counted.

  • 2.1 Population development
  • 3.1 Mayor
  • 3.2 Town twinning
  • 5.1 Largest employers
  • 5.2 traffic
  • 5.3 Formation
  • 5.4 Economic and Urban Development
  • 6.1 Sons and daughters of the town
  • 6.2 personalities who have worked on site


The City of Renton comprises 17.3 mi ² ( 44.8 km ²), of which 0.3 mi ² ( 0.8 km ²) waters, the Cedar River has the largest share of the water surface.

Geographical Location

The city is located about 21 km south-east of Seattle on the southeastern shore of Lake Washington.

Neighboring communities



Renton was founded in the 1860'ern Erasmus M. Smithers who discovered coal in the area of Renton. For the areas around Newcastle, where coal was mined, Renton was an important supply base.

On September 6, 1901 Renton was officially founded as a city. At that time, wood and coal, the most important economic sectors.

Due to the proximity to Lake Washington and the Cedar River and Black River flows Renton was regularly flooded. In 1916, the risk of flooding reduced by the opening of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The water level in Lake Washington was lowered by the construction of the canal, the Cedar River was diverted into Lake Washington. The Black River dried up.

Population Development

In the United States Census 2010 was counted as of April 1, 2010 90 927 inhabitants.

During the Second World War, the population increased greatly in Renton. This was especially the construction of the B-29 Superfortress bombers Boeing plant in Renton.



Current Mayor of the city of Renton is Denis Law. The term of office for Law, who took office as Mayor on 1 January 2008, ending December 31, 2011


Renton has two active town twinning.

  • Japan Nishiwaki, Japan
  • Mexico Cuautla, Mexico

Culture and sights

In the north of Renton is the training center of the Seattle Seahawks, Virginia Mason Athletic Center, which opened in August 2008. With approximately 76900 m² total the VMAC is the second largest training camp in the NFL.

Economy and infrastructure

In Renton several large industrial firms are located. In the factory Renton Boeing 737 aircraft produced. Paccar, one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturer in the United States is represented in Renton. In addition to Wizards of the Coast and more dotcom companies are located in Southgate Office Park. Notable retailers include, without limitation IKEA and Fry 'S Electronics.

The Boeing Renton plant produced in the 1970 hydrofoils of the Pegasus class.

Largest employers


Renton is located on several major roads. Interstate 5 to the west and Interstate 90 north of Renton are accessible by Interstate 405. To the south, State Route 167 connects with Renton Kent, Auburn and Puyallap.

The public transport take over King County Metro and Sound Transit Express buses. The Clayton Scott Field ( KRNT ) Airport in Renton has a 1640 -meter-long airstrip. The airport is used, among others, Boeing, United States Customs and Border Protection and various air taxi and charter companies.


The Renton School District has schools for all school classes from kindergarten to 12th grade. Renton Technical College was opened in 1942 and offers various associate degrees and certificates of completion in technical career fields to.

Economic and Urban Development

Renton developed by industrial site to a site that is interesting for big-box retailers such as IKEA, Fry 'S and also for federal agencies. The Federal Aviation Administration in 2007 opened a branch office, as the Federal Reserve Bank in 2008.

Since 1996, in the city was part of the city administration and private investors strongly inversed. Among other things, a new transit center in collaboration with King County Metro Transit was created. In close proximity to the transit center several combined residential and commercial buildings were created in a mixed.

In South Lake Washington neighborhood was built " The Landing " Total 880 apartments are available, as well as various retailers, restaurants and other commercial enterprises were settled. The Landing is marketed as an urban village, due to the proximity to many shops and services.


Sons and daughters of the town

Personalities who have worked on site

  • Ann Rule, author
  • Sean Kinney, drummer of the band Alice In Chains grew up in Renton
  • Tim Lincecum, Major League Baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants grew up in Renton
  • Brandon Roy, NBA basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers
  • Clint Eastwood, worked in 1949, 1950, and 1953 as a lifeguard in Kennydale Beach