12 Things To Know Before Moving To Renton, Washington

Renton River Days 2014

1. Home of Seahawks:

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In 2008 the Seahawks moved to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. The facility is located on 19 acres of industrial property. VMAC, which is the second largest NFL facility, allows fans to watch practice during training camp.

2. Hop in the car:

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You may want to visit one of Renton’s four public libraries to stock up on books on tape, or tune into KEXP because workers spend an average of 28.8 minutes commuting. Renton ranked fifth for longest commute of Washington’s 20 biggest cities and has a walk score of 37 (out of 100).

3. Local lifeguard Clint Eastwood:

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The “ahead of the curve” city knew about this Hollywood star before he was cool. Clint Eastwood was a lifeguard at Renton’s Kennydale Beach during the summer of 1953 shortly before moving to L.A. and launching his acting career. Who’s to say there wasn’t something in the water?

4. City Industry:

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Renton is home to the only IKEA in Washington State as well as the only Fry’s Electronics, which makes settling into your new home that much easier. Its major employer’s also include a number of manufacturing, technology and service companies like Boeing, Paccar, and Providence Health & Services.

5. Rock History:

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The city’s Greenwood memorial park houses the Hendrix family plot where legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix is buried. Sean Kinney, the drummer for Alice in Chains, also calls the city home.

6. Rubber Duck Derby:

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Every summer since 1986 Renton hosts the Renton River Days festival complete with performances by the Wenatchee Youth Circus, a parade, Nibble of Renton and, of course, the Rubber Ducky Derby. Based in Liberty Park, but with events in Cedar River Park (two of Renton’s 32 parks) the festival has been bringing the community together for nearly 30 years.

7. Safety:

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Of the 20 biggest cities in Washington Renton has the ninth lowest crime rate. Residents are most likely to be the victim of property or vehicle related crimes. Maybe the traffic has inspired some criminal road rage.

8. Glamour and Glitz:

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Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) has hosted films in the city four years running. The showings are hosted at the IKEA Performing Arts Center and feature Hollywood stars as well as local indie actors.

9. Affordability:

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The average home buyer in the Renton market, earning the median income of $64,482, can afford a home costing up to $289,005. Sixteen percent of homes on the market are within this price range.

10. In the classroom:

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Renton’s public school system has an average ranking of six (out of 10) according to Greatschools.org which ranks it 13th out of Washington’s 20 biggest cities.

11.  Renton is better than Seattle:

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Renton ranked 13th on Estately’s list of the family friendliness of Washington’s 20 biggest cities. Seattle, on the other hand, ranked 18th.

12. Sister, sister:

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Renton has two sister cities. The first was established in 1969 with Nishiwaki, Japan and the second with Cuautla, Jalisco, Mexico established in 2001. Nishiwaki is strikingly similar to Renton as it is located in a valley between two hills with a river running through the center of town. The climates are very similar, both cities are industrial based and each has three high schools.

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