About This Place
Renton is an Eastside edge city in King County, Washington, United States. Situated 11 miles (21 km) southeast of Seattle, Washington, Renton straddles the southeast shore of Lake Washington. Founded in the 1860s, Renton became a supply town for the Newcastle coal fields. The city is now a center of manufacturing and technology companies, such as Boeing, Paccar, and several dot-commers. The City of Renton's population was 90,927 as of April 1, 2010 United States Census. Renton currently contains the 9th largest population in the state, and 4th largest in King County.
Based on per capita income, Renton ranks 100th of 522 areas ranked in the state of Washington.
The town of Renton was founded as a farming site by Erasmus M. Smithers who discovered coal there and brought in Charles D. Shattuck as coal mine operator.