Renton is located in King County at the southern end of Lake Washington. It lies along Interstate 405, southeast of Seattle.
The area was originally a Duwamish Indian encampment. Clay works were established in 1901 as well as an iron foundry in 1905. During World War II, a Boeing aircraft plant started up here, boosting the town's numbers.
Today Renton, population 51,140, has become a major industrial city and a freshwater port of entry via the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Chief among its industries is jet aircraft and railroad car production. Attractions include the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train.
Renton is part of the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA metro area.