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Renton has grown by leaps and bounds since the 1990’s. The population of Renton increased over 80% from 2000 to 2010 and is shows no signs of slowing. Businesses, services, amenities, and schools are steadily following the master plan for continued growth and improvement. Revitalization plans have continued to progress even with Boeing’s scale back, allowing Renton to move away from its “company town” image.
The Renton/Kent/Tukwila junction on Hwy 167 has become a major draw not only for south-end residents but for the entire greater Seattle area. Seattle’s only IKEA store is located here, drawing people from far and wide to shop for inexpensive furniture and home goods, Swedish style. The Great Wall Mall also attracts visitors from other cities to its Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Japanese restaurants and shops and the Ranch Supermarket. El Centro de la Raza has opened just down the road to serve as the “Great Wall Mall” for the Latino market.
A newer development also opened in the early 2000’s named The Landing in the Northeast part of Renton. It was developed from a previously Boeing owned site and has over a half-million square-feet of retail, restaurant, and entertainment space. The Landing has numerous high-end apartment communities and has targeted a young professional demographic. Many “large-box” style stores such as Frys Electronics and Dick’s Sporting Goods found space to spread out in this area. And with its easy freeway access, this area is now is also a huge draw for shoppers from all over the Greater Seattle region.
Renton’s suburban housing was first developed in the 1950’s as a bedroom community for both Seattle and the Eastside. But Renton has also had a strong industrial base from Boeing, PACCAR, and many others. Continued growth through the decades has maintained Renton’s status as one of the nicest cities to find a home at an affordable price within an acceptable distance from downtown Seattle or Bellevue. Many Renton residents enjoy the double benefit of great home and short commute. The Seahawks found Renton to have a perfect 200,000 sq foot state-of-the-art indoor practice facility and moved here in 2008. Housing prices are relatively lower when compared to Seattle and come in every size and style. With easy access to transportation routes and services and continued improvements and development of retail, schools, parks, and other recreation and services, Renton is often a favorite choice for many new home buyers.