Located just 11 miles south of Seattle, Renton, Washington is booming with manufacturing and technology, while preserving its historic feel. Small family homes make up most of the available housing throughout the 26 neighborhoods. Many newly-constructed condominiums can be found, as well, for those looking for a second home or something a little smaller. Home prices in Renton are among the highest in Washington and the country.
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Sitting to the southeast of Lake Washington, Renton has plenty for residents to do and see. From the shoreline, residents enjoy the sights of Mount Rainier, the Cascades, and the Olympics. With Cedar River running through the center of downtown, there is plenty of natural scenery. 68 acres of dining, retail, and entertainment options at The Landing provide residents a one-stop opportunity for a night out on the town. This "Urban Village" is newly constructed and near Boeing and Lake Washington for easy access. The Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park brings water activities and city entertainment together, hosting Clam Lights, Kids Fishing Derbies, and Kidd Valley Summer Concert Series. A swimming area to escape the summer heat, 1.5 miles of trails, and a fishing pier is available for a weekend of relaxation.
Formerly known for its coal mining, the city has moved on to manufacturing and technology. For the almost 100,000 residents of Renton, there is a blend of white-collar and blue-collar jobs. Professionals, office workers, and service providers make up the majority of employees in the city. The biggest employers in the area are Boeing, Providence Health & Services, Paccar, Wizards of the Coast, and Parallels, Inc. Fry's Electronics and IKEA bring retail jobs to the area. Being close to the large city of Seattle provides an opportunity to commute. Those who stay in the city to work and play have access to a city bus system, which a large number of residents use. Education is rated 7/10, with many elementary and middles schools rated even higher. Private schools are available to parents who are looking for something different for their children. When residents want to head to the library for some extra reading, they do so at the Cedar River Library, which extends 80 feet over Cedar River. Residents can also head to the Renton Historical Museum for a day of learning. With growth on the rise and many opportunities for work and housing, Renton, Washington is a great place for young professionals and families alike to call home.