Drive through Renton, and you will notice that some neighborhoods are more affluent than others. But just how wide is the disparity between different parts of town?
A new data-based website, Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks provides some answers to that question. The site uses U.S. census information compiled from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey to show median household income and monthly rents by census tract.
According to the data, Renton's highest household incomes of $95,781 are found in the Maplewood Heights area, half of which lies outside city limits.
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The data show that the median household income within Renton city limits ranges from $41,262 to $95,781. Incomes in unincorporated areas of Renton were even higher, from $52,602 in Skyway up to $112,013 in the Maple Heights-Lake Desire area. The highest income levels in the city were generally found east and south of the city — especially Talbot Hill and the many neighborhoods that run along State Routes 900 and 169 in the East Plateau area. The Kennydale census tract, which is combined with North Renton and parts of May Creek, shows incomes averaging $69,531.
Most Renton tracts have an average income at or above the statewide middle-class range of $52,508 to $64,322. Residents living in Renton's City Center and the city's industrial area that runs along the Green River and SR 167 have lower-than-average incomes.
Median monthly rents tend to mirror the same geographical pattern, ranging for $764 a month in the Liberty Ridge area to $1,048 in Kennydale. The highest average rents were in the Maplewood Heights area, outside city limits, with average rents at $1,533 per month.
To see the data mapped out and check out more Puget Sound-area neighborhoods, visit the Rich Block, Poor Blocks website.