Renton Community Information

Thanks to its location just off Interstate 405 in proximity to Downtown Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma Airport, Port of Seattle and Bellevue, Renton has become a popular destination for top-notch companies. Workers and visitors are accommodated by a free shuttle bus system that transports them around town. Renton's municipal airport offers private pilots and seaplanes and is the headquarters for Sound Flight sightseeing tours.

Renton is home to large manufacturing plants of the Boeing Company and PACCAR, Inc. (makers of Kenworth trucks), both internationally recognized as manufacturers of the finest products in their fields. With a friendly, pro-business climate, Renton has created room for a multitude of new businesses including the only IKEA store in the Pacific Northwest, Wizards of the Coast, Zones Inc., and scores of others. As a result, this next generation of business leaders has produced a thriving and diversified economic base for the city. Microsoft and Google can also be found in the King County region.

The Renton School District spans 32.5 square miles and serves some 12,500 students in pre-K through 12th grade. Included within the district are 13 elementary schools, three middle schools and four high schools. The district proudly houses four Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence and is one of only 35 in the state to receive the School Match Organization's What Parents Want Award.

Renton Technical College has provided higher education and career training programs for more than 60 years. In addition to full-time and part-time training programs, the college offers a variety of short-term courses through Continuing Education and Community Programs. Numerous four-year colleges and universities including the University of Washington are located nearby.

Renton's downtown is being transformed into a central gathering place for residents and visitors. Recent downtown developments include a regional transit center, a park-like piazza, major infrastructure improvements and several mixed-use development projects containing housing and retail structures.

The Renton River Days and Clam Lights are just a few of the year-round community events and activities that Renton provides for residents of all ages to enjoy. Many residents and visitors consider the Renton River Days the highlight of their year. This community festival takes place in late July and early August and includes a parade, sports events, golf tournament, live music, art shows, crafts and vendor booths, food galore and much, much more.

With an abundance of natural beauty, residents don't have to go far to enjoy the scenery. Take a stroll along the Cedar River Trail, discover Renton's past at the Renton Historical Museum, take pleasure in the breathtaking views along the shores of Lake Washington at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park or swing across the greens at the Maplewood Golf Course.

Renton officially became a city in 1901, but its rich past dates back to the 1850s when it was settled as a coal-mining town. As a full-service and financially sound community, the city offers outstanding police and fire protection, superior street maintenance and its own supply of water that comes from an underground aquifer. Additionally, Renton has an outstanding library system, a superior community and senior center, fine artwork and several professional and community theater groups. Renton today is a world-class city with an excellent quality of life and a bright future.

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