Prairie Heights, Washington

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Population in 2010: 4,405.
Males: 2,093  (47.5%)
Females: 2,312  (52.5%)
Median resident age:  35.4 years
Washington median age:  37.7 years
Estimated median household income in 2016: $64,434
Prairie Heights:

$64,434
WA:

$67,106

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $31,783

Prairie Heights CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $271,300
Prairie Heights:

$271,300
WA:

$306,400

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $302,068; Detached houses: $322,192; Townhouses or other attached units: $266,189; In 2-unit structures: $251,325; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $205,908; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $218,193; Mobile homes: $105,926; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $80,969

Median gross rent in 2016: $1,261.

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  • Races in Prairie Heights, WA (2016)

    Prairie Heights races chart
    • 3,87684.6%White alone
    • 48810.6%Hispanic
    • 581.3%Two or more races
    • 481.0%Black alone
    • 441.0%American Indian alone
    • 340.7%Asian alone

Races in Prairie Heights detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Prairie Heights: 110.4 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: American (17.5%), German (15.5%), Irish (8.6%), European (6.7%), Norwegian (4.9%), English (3.2%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

For population 25 years and over in Prairie Heights:

  • High school or higher: 87.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 17.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 39.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Prairie Heights CDP:

  • Never married: 28.4%
  • Now married: 53.8%
  • Separated: 0.6%
  • Widowed: 4.0%
  • Divorced: 13.2%

236 residents are foreign born (3.4% Latin America, 0.6% North America).

This place:

5.1%
Washington:

13.5%

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Graham-Thrift, WA (11.3 miles , pop. 56,970).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: East Seattle, WA (32.4 miles , pop. 480,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (924.2 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: South Prairie, WA (0.9 miles ), Prairie Ridge, WA (1.4 miles ), Buckley, WA (1.9 miles ), Wilkeson, WA (2.0 miles ), Bonney Lake, WA (2.0 miles ), Crocker, WA (2.2 miles ), Carbonado, WA (2.3 miles ), Alderton, WA (2.4 miles ).

Latitude: 47.15 N, Longitude: 122.11 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 360

Prairie Heights household income distribution Prairie Heights home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.7%
Washington:

4.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (18%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (9%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Retail trade (23%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Health care and social assistance (14%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Wholesale trade (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (17%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (34%)
  • Sales and related occupations (16%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Production occupations (5%)
  • Management occupations (3%)

Work and jobs in Prairie Heights: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Earthquake activity:

Prairie Heights-area historical earthquake activity is near Washington state average. It is 156% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 19.8 miles away from the city center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW, Depth: 32.2 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 22.7 miles away from Prairie Heights center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 4/29/1965 at 15:28:43, a magnitude 6.6 (6.6 UK) earthquake occurred 15.8 miles away from the city center, causing $28,000,000 total damage
On 7/3/1999 at 01:43:54, a magnitude 5.8 (5.4 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, 5.3 ME, Depth: 25.2 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 53.5 miles away from the city center
On 2/14/1981 at 06:09:27, a magnitude 5.5 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.5 ML) earthquake occurred 48.1 miles away from Prairie Heights center
On 5/3/1996 at 04:04:22, a magnitude 5.5 (5.2 MB, 5.3 MD, 5.5 ML, Depth: 2.5 mi) earthquake occurred 50.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Pierce County (20) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 19
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 13, Storms: 10, Mudslides: 5, Landslides: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Earthquakes: 2, Heavy Rains: 2, Winds: 2, Hurricane: 1, Volcanic Eruption: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Prairie Heights:

  • ST ELIZABETH HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 7 miles away; ENUMCLAW, WA)
  • ENUMCLAW HEALTH AND REHAB CENTER (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; ENUMCLAW, WA)
  • FRANCISCAN HEALTHCARE CTR OF ENUMCLAW (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; ENUMCLAW, WA)
  • SUMNER CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; SUMNER, WA)
  • LINDEN GROVE (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; PUYALLUP, WA)
  • LINDEN GROVE HEALTH CARE CTR (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; PUYALLUP, WA)
  • KINDRED TRANSITIONAL CARE AND REHAB - RAINIER VISTA (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; PUYALLUP, WA)

Amtrak station near Prairie Heights:

  • 17 miles: TACOMA (1001 PUYALLUP AVE.) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, full-service food facilities, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, intercity bus service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Prairie Heights:

  • Pierce College at Puyallup (about 8 miles; Puyallup, WA; Full-time enrollment: 2,529)
  • Green River Community College (about 12 miles; Auburn, WA; FT enrollment: 7,425)
  • Pacific Lutheran University (about 16 miles; Tacoma, WA; FT enrollment: 3,548)
  • University of Washington-Tacoma Campus (about 17 miles; Tacoma, WA; FT enrollment: 3,788)
  • Bates Technical College (about 18 miles; Tacoma, WA; FT enrollment: 4,929)
  • Clover Park Technical College (about 19 miles; Lakewood, WA; FT enrollment: 4,185)
  • Highline Community College (about 19 miles; Des Moines, WA; FT enrollment: 6,074)

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Notable locations in Prairie Heights: Finnish Hall (A), Pierce County Fire Protection District 12 (B), East Pierce Fire Protection District 22 East Pierce Fire and Rescue Station 16 Foothills (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Pierce County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 95.6. This is worse than average.

City:

95.6
U.S.:

74.7

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2005 was 0.848. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 4.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.848
U.S.:

0.293

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2007 was 15.9. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 9.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

15.9
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 7.67. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 7.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.67
U.S.:

9.35

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2001 was 0.00481. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 17.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00481
U.S.:

0.01376
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 5.9%
(4.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 18.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 7.5% for other race residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.9 people
Washington:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  79.9%
Whole state:  64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  8.0%
Whole state:  7.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.2
Washington average:

11.4

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012 2016

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Religion statistics for Prairie Heights CDP (based on Pierce County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant121,041365
Catholic69,55826
Other49,446109
Mainline Protestant34,906123
Black Protestant4,81717
Orthodox6054
None514,852-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 132
Pierce County:

1.71 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 13
This county:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 105
Pierce County:

1.36 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

1.18 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 152
Pierce County:

1.97 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.67 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 511
Here:

6.61 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.26 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.4%
Washington:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Pierce County:

29.3%
Washington:

25.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

14.1%
State:

13.9%

7.61% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,665 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.61%
Washington average:

6.54%

0.32% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,324 average AGI)
Pierce County:

0.32%
Washington average:

0.14%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from King County, WA  1.88% ($41,813 average AGI)
from Thurston County, WA  0.46% ($38,725)
from Kitsap County, WA  0.24% ($38,774)


7.25% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($38,698 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.25%
Washington average:

6.20%

0.24% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,251 average AGI)
Pierce County:

0.24%
Washington average:

0.14%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to King County, WA  1.95% ($40,149 average AGI)
to Thurston County, WA  0.48% ($38,385)
to Kitsap County, WA  0.20% ($41,032)

Strongest AM radio stations in Prairie Heights:

  • KJR (950 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA)
  • KNWX (1210 AM; 28 kW; AUBURN-FEDERAL WAY, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KIRO (710 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KTTH (770 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KYCW (1090 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KGNW (820 AM; 50 kW; BURIEN-SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INSPIRATION MEDIA, INC.)
  • KOMO (1000 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: FISHER BROADCASTING - SEATTLE RADIO, L.L.C.)
  • KIXI (880 AM; 50 kW; MERCER ISLAND/SEATTL, WA; Owner: BELLEVUE RADIO, INC.)
  • KHHO (850 AM; 10 kW; TACOMA, WA; Owner: ACKERLEY MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • KZIZ (1560 AM; 5 kW; SUMNER, WA; Owner: KRIZ BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KKOL (1300 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INSPIRATION MEDIA, INC.)
  • KLAY (1180 AM; 5 kW; LAKEWOOD, WA; Owner: CLAY FRANK HUNTINGTON)
  • KRIZ (1420 AM; 10 kW; RENTON, WA; Owner: KRIZ BROADCASTING, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Prairie Heights:

  • K201EX (88.1 FM; GREENWATER, WA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KBSG-FM (97.3 FM; TACOMA, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KBKS (106.1 FM; TACOMA, WA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KING-FM (98.1 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: CLASSIC RADIO, INC.)
  • KLSY-FM (92.5 FM; BELLEVUE, WA; Owner: BELLEVUE RADIO INC.)
  • KPLU-FM (88.5 FM; TACOMA, WA; Owner: PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, INC.)
  • KWJZ (98.9 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ORCA RADIO, INC.)
  • KZOK-FM (102.5 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KMPS-FM (94.1 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KMTT (103.7 FM; TACOMA, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KNDD (107.7 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KYPT (96.5 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KQBZ (100.7 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KGRG (89.9 FM; AUBURN, WA; Owner: GREEN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • KISW (99.9 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KJR-FM (95.7 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ACKERLEY MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • KUBE (93.3 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ACKERLEY MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • KXXO (96.1 FM; OLYMPIA, WA; Owner: 3 CITIES, INC.)
  • KPLZ-FM (101.5 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: FISHER BROADCASTING - SEATTLE RADIO, L.L.C.)
  • KNHC (89.5 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS)

TV broadcast stations around Prairie Heights:

  • KHCV (Channel 45; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: NORTH PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KWPX (Channel 33; BELLEVUE, WA; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATIONS LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • KSTW (Channel 11; TACOMA, WA; Owner: UPN TELEVISION STATIONS INC.)
  • KING-TV (Channel 5; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: KING BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • K58DP (Channel 58; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • KWDK (Channel 56; TACOMA, WA; Owner: PUGET SOUND EDUCATIONAL TV, INC.)
  • KTWB-TV (Channel 22; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: TRIBUNE TELEVISION HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KBTC-TV (Channel 28; TACOMA, WA; Owner: BATES TECHNICAL COLLEGE)
  • KOMO-TV (Channel 4; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: FISHER BROADCASTING - SEATTLE TV, L.L.C.)
  • KCTS-TV (Channel 9; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: KCTS TELEVISION)
  • KCPQ (Channel 13; TACOMA, WA; Owner: TRIBUNE TELEVISION NORTHWEST, INC.)
  • K25CH (Channel 25; NORTH BEND, WA; Owner: TRIBUNE TELEVISION HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • K54GS (Channel 54; PUYALLUP, WA; Owner: KIRO-TV HOLDINGS, INC.)

Prairie Heights compared to Washington state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
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