Renton is a dynamic center of opportunity for businesses and families alike. The city has created an environment that promotes economic growth while simultaneously increasing the quality of life for its residents. Entrepreneurship and strong teamwork are encouraged by community leaders. Renton's employment base has risen, and because of innovative economic development strategies, the city is well-positioned for the future. Renton is Washington's eighth-largest city and King County's fourth-largest. Renton lies in the heart of the flourishing Puget Sound region, on the south shore of Lake Washington. Thanks to Interstate 405 and four state highways, Renton is easily accessible from neighboring Greater Seattle neighborhoods. Because the city is well-served by public transit, employees may conveniently go to and from work. This allows businesses to have access to information. Renton sits on the southeast shore of Lake Washington, at the mouth of the Cedar River. The city is the sixth most populous in the greater Seattle region and the eighth-most populous in the state of Washington. After a long history as a popular salmon fishing spot for Native Americans, Renton was founded in the 1860s by people of European descent. Its early economy was built on coal mining, clay production, and lumber export. Renton is best known for housing Boeing Commercial Airplanes Division, Paccar, Kaiser Permanente, IKEA, Providence Health & Services, UW Medicine, and Wizards of the Coast, The climate in Renton is the Mediterranean, with hot summers. Summers are hot and dry, with gloomy, rainy, and cold winters, creating a classic Pacific Northwest precipitation pattern. Due to its location in a partial rain shadow and shelter from the coastal summers, Renton's climate is more influenced by the interior than many other nearby towns.
Renton River Days is a multi-day family carnival and celebration of community spirit in Renton that brings together residents, business owners, civic and community organizations, and Puget Sound visitors for a fantastic array of events, including special features for children, arts and crafts, recreation, food, and live stage entertainment at Liberty Park and Cedar River Park.