Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage is the leading Renton Moving Company and it is our pleasure to share an overview of Renton, Washington.
The city of Renton is located 15 miles southeast of Seattle along the southern shores of Lake Washington. For hundreds of years the Duwamish Indians had a village near the confluence of the old Black and Cedar rivers. When early white settlers discovered coal nearby, in 1854, and miners and loggers began to pour into the area, the natives’ lives and culture became threatened prompting them to go to war. The newcomers were stronger and after the defeated natives were relocated to reservations, commerce resumed. Named for William Renton, an important businessman of the day, the city was platted in 1875 and became infamous as a rough-and-tumble town, due to the number of tough men attracted to work in the heavy industry. By 1885 there were 9 saloons and no churches.
Incorporation in 1901 led to a more organized and civilized society. Manufacturing arose in earnest as Pacific Car and Foundry and later Kenworth Truck and Boeing came to town. Today, employment in Renton numbers about 50,000. It is surrounded by freeways and minutes from SeaTac International Airport, the Port of Seattle and rail transportation hubs making it attractive to manufacturers and retailers like IKEA and Fry’s Electronics. A new major destination shopping center, Lakeshore Landing is nearly complete as is the new headquarters for the Seattle Seahawks Football team. Two miles away is the Westfield Shopping Town mall with its more than 200 stores and restaurants and in the old historic downtown are an abundance of antique stores and curio shops.
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Renton School District serves a student population of 13,423 and with 840 full-time classroom teachers, the district’s overall student/teacher ratio is 16/1. Classroom teachers average 12.5 years of experience and 62.1% have a masters degree or higher. They spend $3,756 per pupil for instructional expenses. Renton is proud that its graduation rate is 9 percentage points higher than the state average. Higher education is readily available with six four-year colleges and universities, and eight community and technical colleges within a 25 mile radius, including Renton Technical College and City University.
Renton was one of Money Magazine’s Top 10 Best Places To Live In Washington for 2006 and it has endless recreational opportunities. The city boasts 30 award winning parks and more than 10 miles of trails that run throughout, a 190-acre golf course, a thriving community center, two professional theatre companies, performing arts centers dozens of festivals and events all year long and more. It’s only minutes away from the Family Fun Center, Museum of Flight, Emerald Downs Horse Racing and Pacific Raceways. The wider NW Metroplex and the great outdoors feature live theater, fishing, pro sports, symphony, scuba diving, zoos, sailing, farmers markets, nightclubs, opera, clam digging, fashion shows, church involvement, whale watching, museums and more.
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