Renton City Council presented with the community’s most recent census data

From 2010 to 2020, median household income rose from $61,592 to $79,824.

The Renton City Council recently received a report on the community’s census data from 2020.

With a reported population of 107,500 people in 2020, Renton is the fourth-largest city in King County and the eighth-largest in the state of Washington.

According to the report, 37% of Renton residents speak a language other than English as their primary language. In 2020, the three most common non-English languages in Renton are Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese dialects — essentially the same languages as ten years before.

While 91% of Renton residents in 2020 had at least a high school education, 35% had earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

From 2010 to 2020, median household income rose by 30% from $61,592 to $79,824.

Poverty levels remained relatively the same over the decade going from 10% poverty rate in 2010 to an 8% poverty rate in 2020. Only a reported 660 less people are living in poverty.

According to the report, the amount of people in Renton that are considered “cost burdened” has changed by about 5%.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development defines a cost burdened household as a household that spends 30% or more of its gross income on housing including utilities. According to HUD, cost burdened households may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation or medical care.

From 2010 to 2019, the percentage of cost burdened households in Renton fell from 40% to 35%, only a difference of 330 people in total.

By race, Hispanic and Black households are among the most cost burdened in Renton with 47% of both demographics respectively identified as cost burdened in 2019.

For more of Renton’s census data, view the report here.