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A+ Renton Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Renton Cost of Living Cost of living is 21% higher than Washington
13939% more expensive than the US average
11515% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Renton cost of living
F Renton Crime Total crime is 53% higher than Washington
Total crime
5,32493% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 1993% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-13%Year over year crime is down
Renton crime
C+ Renton Employment Household income is 5% higher than Washington
Median household income
$66,05019% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$33,76213% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%20% lower than the US average
Renton employment
C+ Renton Housing Home value is 16% higher than Washington
Median home value
$313,50070% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,24832% higher than the US average
Home ownership
52%18% lower than the US average
Renton real estate or Renton rentals
D Renton Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Washington
High school grad. rates
87%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
45%9% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:127% higher than the US average
Renton K-12 schools or Renton colleges

Living in Renton, WA

Renton is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. The city has a population of 98,499 inhabitants. Renton has a population density of 4,206 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. Renton is known to be family friendly as more than 72% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 52% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Renton could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Washington if you know where to search. The best areas in Renton and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, cost of living, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Washington and national averages.

The livability score in Renton is 66 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 43rd percentile of all cities across America. If we examine each of the categories on their own, we see that Renton ranks well for amenities (A+). On a less positive note, Renton does not have favorable ranks for the following: crime (F), cost of living (F) and education (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Renton on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Jimi Hendrix Grave Site, Uptown Glassworks, and Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Renton. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Renton are affordable. Median real estate prices in Renton come in at $313,500, which is 16.4% higher than the Washington average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Renton, the home price to income ratio is 4.8, which is 11.6% higher than the Washington average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Renton area were 4.2% and 5 year appreciation rates were 12.2%.

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Compare Renton, WA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Renton, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Laurelhurst, Seattle8013.24,159
Enatai, Bellevue808758
Bridle Trails, Bellevue8011.710,425
Magnolia, Seattle7915.816,871
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Tam O'shanter, Bellevue7910.92,676
Wilburton, Bellevue798.86,476
Broadmoor, Seattle7811.91,508
Montlake, Seattle7812.52,009

Best Cities Near Renton, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Maple Valley, WA8210.525,093
Medina, WA8210.53,169
Clyde Hill, WA8210.73,197
Yarrow Point, WA8111.81,149
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mercer Island, WA806.224,467
Woodway, WA8023.91,367
Sammamish, WA8011.262,136
Redmond, WA7914.459,268

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Jan 27/ 2013 review
Our family lives in Renton since 1999. This city is safe, clean, lot's of outdoor activities, and has good shopping spots. Relative to other King county places Renton is one of the most affordable cities. Cost of living is lower than in Seattle, Bellevue or Kirkland. There is new shopping center in Landings, Very close is South Center mall and local shopping plazas all over. It is ultra convenient to Seattle or east side employment centers and SeaTac airport. Since 1999 we have never been victim of any crime and consider Renton to be very safe. Climate is very mild with warm and dry summers and wet and cool winters. In March we already have spring flowers and good weather lasts until almost Halloween. Air and water quality is excellent. Utilities are reasonable except that water and sewer charges are getting somewhat pricey ($125 a month including all taxes). Cedar river, Jim Coulon park and near by Mount Rainier and some of outdoor attraction. Housing is dirt cheap compared to Seattle or east side and taxes are very reasonable (We pay $2540 tax for our 1880 sq ft house with 9000 sq ft lot and 2 car garage).
Food prices are good and during summer months there are several farmers markets where you can buy fresh organic farm produce. Very close to major blueberry\apple\veggie farms and markets. We are also close to UW, BCC, and other higher education centers. Schools are reasonably good and safe and we were lucky that elementary and middle school where our kids went offered "Discovery" programs. We lived in Toronto Canada, Sarasota FL and Renton is much better choice that either for us. If you are new to the area try looking for housing in Talbot Hill, Victoria Hill, or a bit out of downtown core and you will find many great choices. If you are able to afford Kennydale are that is great location as well (a bit pricier housing).
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Life in Renton, Washington

Due to the economy many are considering relocating. Washington is a thriving state making it a wonderful place to start over. One of the many cities to choose from is Renton. Washington has many benefits. Some of those benefits include the mild and temperate weather, the nearby mountains and oceans, and many businesses are making Washington their home.

Renton is an ideal location within Washington, especially if someone is looking for a city that is smaller but still offers everything. It runs along the shore of Lake Washington and is only a few miles away from Seattle. If offers many smaller communities ideal for families. Many businesses have decided to relocate to Renton, which is always good for additional employment opportunities. However, this has led to some overcrowding and more traffic, including over a 25% population rise in the past 12 years. Boeing has the most employees in Renton. In comparison with the national average Renton has a lower unemployment rate. The cost of living is higher in Renton but the median income is also higher.

There are several attractions available to appeal to residents and tourists, including Uptown Glassworks and Jimi Hendrix Grave Site. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, with most featuring fresh seafood. There are some nightclubs, but as with most smaller cities there is not a huge selection. There are a lot of great shopping opportunities in Renton, particularly at The Landing. Renton is a city worth checking out, especially if you are relocated to Renton from another city. It offers small city charm while still being close enough to bigger cities if what you are looking for cannot be found. The West Coast continues to thrive and Renton will no doubt continue to grow as well.
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Source: The Renton, WA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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