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City of Renton
1055 S. Grady Way, Renton, WA 98055
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Located on the south shore of Lake Washington, Renton is a lakefront City offering spectacular views of the Olympics, the Cascades, and Mount Rainier. The Cedar River, which runs through the heart of downtown, also offers an abundance of natural beauty. Renton offers a unique quality of life, a strong sense of community, and excellent personal opportunities for residents and businesses.

Beautiful parks, safe streets, a growing downtown, and abundant housing all make Renton the right choice to live, work, and play. As a full service and financially sound community, the City offers outstanding police and fire protection, superior street maintenance, and our own supply of water that comes from an underground aquifer. While Renton's rich history stretches back to the 1850's, it officially became a city in 1901. Today, Renton is a community of more than 101,300 residents, with another 41,271 people employed within the city limits.

As one of the fastest growing communities in the Puget Sound area, families are choosing Renton for its affordability, location, and tremendous quality of life. New urban apartments and condominiums downtown, beautiful multi-family developments along Lake Washington, and high-quality and affordable single-family subdivisions are among the wide variety of housing options attractive to all income levels.

Renton is home to The Boeing Company and PACCAR, both known and recognized worldwide as manufacturers of the finest products in their fields. In addition, Renton's friendly, pro-business climate has provided room for a multitude of new businesses, including the first IKEA store in the Pacific Northwest, TOPICS Entertainment, Brotherton CadillacSam's Club, and scores of others. We are seeing this next generation of business leaders thriving in Renton and continuing to diversify our economic base.

Washington State - RentonAs a location destination for top-notch companies, Renton is easily reached by Interstate 405 and is in close proximity to downtown Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Port of Seattle, and to Bellevue. A local shuttle bus system transports workers and visitors around town. Renton's busy municipal airport is a popular destination for private pilots and seaplanes, and is the headquarters for Sound Flight sightseeing tours.

A regional transit center, a park-like piazza, major infrastructure improvements, and several mixed-use development projects containing housing and retail have transformed downtown Renton into a central gathering place for residents and visitors. Additionally, the new Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center and City Center Parking Garage have added to the amenities in the downtown core.

Take some leisure time and enjoy the abundance of natural beauty in Renton. Stroll along the Cedar River Trail. Learn about our past at the Renton Historical Museum. Take pleasure in the breathtaking views along the shores of Lake Washington at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Head out to play a few rounds of golf at the Maplewood Golf Course. Renton proudly provides many activities for all ages along with exceptional community events such as Renton River Days and Clam Lights. Additionally, Renton has an outstanding library system, a superior community and senior center, fine artwork and several professional and community theater groups.

Renton is the center of opportunity in the Puget Sound region where businesses and families thrive. Be ahead of the curve in Renton – memorable discoveries await you.