Renton, Washington

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Renton is an Eastside suburb in King County, Washington, United States. Situated 13 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 State of Washington Office of Financial Management estimates the City of Renton's population to be 86,230 as of April 2010.[3] According to the data from the Office of Financial Management, Renton currently contains the 11th largest population in the state, and 5th largest in King County.[3]

Based on per capita income, Renton ranks 100th of 522 areas ranked in the state of Washington.[3]

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History

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.

Renton was incorporated as a city in 1901 (September 6) when coal mining and timber processing were the most important economic activities in the area. The northern edge was expanded in 1916 by the lowering of Lake Washington. The area including that of the Boeing plant and municipal airport were underwater.

The town's population boomed during World War II when Boeing built their Renton Factory to produce the B-29 Superfortress. The factory has continued to operate since then, and still produces 737 aircraft. It also produced the Jetfoil and Pegasus class hydrofoils in the 1970s. As of 2001, 40% of all commercial aircraft in the air were assembled in Renton. Boeing remains the largest employer in Renton, which is home to over 10,000 employees and three of the aerospace giant's six major business divisions: Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Capital Corporation and the Shared Services Group. The local newspaper in the 1970s, the Renton Chronicle, proclaimed the city the jet capital of the world.

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