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Pierce County, Washington (WA)

County population in 2016: 861,312 (93% urban, 7% rural); it was 700,820 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 148,662
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 40,418
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 165,623
Renter-occupied apartments: 110,838 (it was 95,177 in 2000)
% of renters here:

36%
State:

36%

Land area: 1679 sq. mi.

Water area: 127.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 513 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Pierce County: 109.7 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (19.3%), Educational, health and social services (17.5%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (10.1%), Manufacturing (10.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 66%
  • Government: 18%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 16%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Pierce County, Washington:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (67.5%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (10.6%)
  • Two or more races (7.2%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (6.3%)
  • Asian alone (6.0%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone (1.3%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.0%)
Median resident age:  36.1 years
Washington median age:  37.7 years
Males: 427,539  (49.6%)
Females: 433,773  (50.4%)
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Pierce County,WA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Pierce County:

2.0 people
Washington:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $64,434 ($45,204 in 1999)

This county:

$64,434
Washington:

$67,106

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $988 (lower quartile is $772, upper quartile is $1,308)
This county:

$988
State:

$999


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $271,300 (it was $144,400 in 2000)
Pierce:

$271,300
Washington:

$306,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $200,600 - $371,100

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $322,192
Here:

$322,192
State:

$404,096

Townhouses or other attached units: $266,189
Here:

$266,189
State:

$385,704

In 2-unit structures: $251,325
Here:

$251,325
State:

$303,123

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $205,908
Here:

$205,908
State:

$347,873

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $218,193
Here:

$218,193
State:

$370,648

Mobile homes: $105,926
Here:

$105,926
State:

$116,190

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $80,969
Here:

$80,969
State:

$133,868
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,737
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $564

Institutionalized population: 8,874

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 11
  • Rapes: 94
  • Robberies: 200
  • Assaults: 800
  • Burglaries: 2899
  • Thefts: 6113
  • Auto thefts: 2040

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 10
  • Rapes: 110
  • Robberies: 199
  • Assaults: 727
  • Burglaries: 2870
  • Thefts: 6177
  • Auto thefts: 1665
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Health of residents in Pierce County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.5. This is about average.
79.0% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
48.0% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
78.1% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is about average.
71.8% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 199 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 168 pounds. This is more than average.
31.3% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is more than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 3753 buildings, average cost: $118,000
  • 2001: 4107 buildings, average cost: $128,600
  • 2002: 4721 buildings, average cost: $133,300
  • 2003: 4400 buildings, average cost: $146,200
  • 2004: 4466 buildings, average cost: $154,500
  • 2005: 5515 buildings, average cost: $170,600
  • 2006: 4884 buildings, average cost: $178,500
  • 2007: 3571 buildings, average cost: $203,100
  • 2008: 1805 buildings, average cost: $189,800
  • 2009: 1243 buildings, average cost: $195,900
  • 2010: 1708 buildings, average cost: $233,300
  • 2011: 1494 buildings, average cost: $241,600
  • 2012: 2009 buildings, average cost: $256,300
  • 2013: 2369 buildings, average cost: $268,500
  • 2014: 2371 buildings, average cost: $279,900

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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2016 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $3,272 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $3,066 (1.2%)

Pierce County household income distribution in 2009 Pierce County home values distribution Pierce County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 12.1%
Pierce County:

12.1%
Washington:

11.3%
(9.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 20.1% for Black residents, 23.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.1% for American Indian residents, 20.2% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 27.0% for other race residents, 16.7% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 36.1 years old
(Males: 35.1 years old, Females: 37.3 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 40.8 years old, Black residents: 33.3 years old, American Indian residents: 29.2 years old, Asian residents: 38.9 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24.2 years old, Other race residents: 25.1 years old)

Area name: Tacoma, WA HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Pierce County is $621 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $774 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1128 a month.

Cities in this county include: Tacoma, Lakewood, Graham-Thrift, Gig Harbor Peninsula, Puyallup, South Hill, University Place, Parkland, Spanaway, Fort Lewis.

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

2012 air pollution in Pierce County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.038 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 7.2 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Alger County, Michigan , Douglas County , Fergus County, Montana , Thurston County , Richland County, Montana , Wibaux County, Montana .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.7%
Washington:

4.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 37,999
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 90.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 26.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 80,094 (55.6% naturalized citizens)

Pierce County:

9.3%
Whole state:

14.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 12,527
  • 2000 to 2009: 22,580
  • 1990 to 1999: 16,478
  • 1980 to 1989: 13,204
  • 1970 to 1979: 8,193
  • Before 1970: 13,487
Note: State values scaled to Pierce County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 70.4%

Pierce County marital status for males Pierce County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 219,602
  • One, attached: 16,402
  • Two: 9,558
  • 3 or 4: 13,468
  • 5 to 9: 19,639
  • 10 to 19: 15,467
  • 20 to 49: 10,140
  • 50 or more: 14,524
  • Mobile homes: 19,369
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 381

Housing units in Pierce County with a mortgage: 138,321 (6,067 second mortgage, 14,579 home equity loan, 821 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 52,340

Here:

72.6% with mortgage
State:

69.0% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Pierce County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant121,041365
Catholic69,55826
Other49,446109
Mainline Protestant34,906123
Black Protestant4,81717
Orthodox6054
None514,852-
Pierce County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 132
Pierce County:

1.71 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 13
Here:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 105
This 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.
Washington:

2.67 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 511
This county:

6.61 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.26 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Pierce County:

8.4%
Washington:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Pierce County:

29.3%
State:

25.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.1%
State:

13.9%

Agriculture in Pierce County:

Average size of farms: 39 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $63,887
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $2490.61
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 22.32%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 62.87%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $50,440
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 24.53%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 34.04%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $34,726
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.71%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 24.62
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 30.33%
Vegetables: 3,386 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 136 acres

Earthquake activity:

Pierce County-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 7.7 miles away from Pierce County 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 10.8 miles away from the county 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 10.3 miles away from the county 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 40.8 miles away from the county center
On 1/31/1922 at 13:17:28, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 474.5 miles away from Pierce County center
On 2/14/1981 at 06:09:27, a magnitude 5.5 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.5 ML) earthquake occurred 51.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Washington Severe Winter Storm, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: January 14, 2012 to January 23, 2012, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4056: March 05, 2012, FEMA Id: 4056, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Washington Severe Winter Storm, Landslides, Mudslides, and Flooding, Incident Period: January 06, 2009 to January 16, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1817: January 30, 2009, FEMA Id: 1817, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Washington Severe Winter Storm, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 14, 2006 to December 15, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1682: February 14, 2007, FEMA Id: 1682, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide
  • Washington Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: November 02, 2006 to November 11, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1671: December 12, 2006, FEMA Id: 1671, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Washington Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3227: September 07, 2005, FEMA Id: 3227, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Washington Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: October 15, 2003 to October 23, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1499: November 07, 2003, FEMA Id: 1499, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Washington Earthquake, Incident Period: February 28, 2001 to March 16, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1361: March 01, 2001, FEMA Id: 1361, Natural disaster type: Earthquake
  • Washington Severe Winter Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: December 26, 1996 to February 10, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1159: January 17, 1997, FEMA Id: 1159, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • Washington Severe Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: January 26, 1996 to February 23, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1100: February 09, 1996, FEMA Id: 1100, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Washington Storms/High Winds/Floods, Incident Period: November 07, 1995 to December 18, 1995, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1079: January 03, 1996, FEMA Id: 1079, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Wind
  • 10 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

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).

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (20%)
  • Philippines (10%)
  • Korea (10%)
  • Vietnam (7%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • Ukraine (4%)
  • Canada (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Pierce County (%):

  • German (9%)
  • American (6%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • English (5%)
  • Norwegian (4%)
  • European (4%)
  • Italian (2%)

Pierce County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 270,152 (80.3%)
  • Carpooled: 31,104 (9.2%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 3,967 (1.2%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 314 (0.1%)
  • Railroad: 449 (0.1%)
  • Ferryboat: 228 (0.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 3,091 (0.9%)
  • Bicycle: 1,690 (0.5%)
  • Walked: 8,661 (2.6%)
  • Worked at home: 16,731 (5.0%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Pierce County, Washington in 2000:

  • 6,613 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 3,211 people in state prisons
  • 2,760 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 2,602 people in nursing homes
  • 1,808 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 1,247 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 756 people in other group homes
  • 535 people in crews of maritime vessels
  • 505 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 263 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 178 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 176 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 146 people in halfway houses
  • 145 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 118 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 115 people in military disciplinary barracks
  • 115 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 77 people in military hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 61 people in religious group quarters
  • 47 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 39 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 30 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 22 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 21 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 16 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 15 people in institutions for the deaf
  • 14 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 10 people in military transient quarters for temporary residents
  • 10 people in homes for the physically handicapped

People in group quarters in Pierce County, Washington in 2010:

  • 3,294 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 2,656 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 2,622 people in state prisons
  • 2,459 people in college/university student housing
  • 1,270 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 1,266 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 1,239 people in federal detention centers
  • 813 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 795 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 681 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 320 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 195 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 155 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 70 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 46 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 39 people in maritime/merchant vessels
  • 12 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 7 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 6 people in in-patient hospice facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $58,477.

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%

3.34% relocated from other counties in Washington ($17,378 average AGI)
3.96% relocated from other states ($17,963 average AGI)
Pierce County:

3.96%
Washington average:

3.33%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


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)
from Snohomish County, WA  0.16% ($39,504)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.10% ($31,750)
from Maricopa County, AZ  0.09% ($34,835)
from Honolulu County, HI  0.09% ($44,973)


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%

3.44% relocated to other counties in Washington ($18,969 average AGI)
3.57% relocated to other states ($18,478 average AGI)
Pierce County:

3.57%
Washington average:

2.98%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


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)
to Snohomish County, WA  0.17% ($38,259)
to Maricopa County, AZ  0.12% ($49,703)
to Honolulu County, HI  0.09% ($37,891)
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.08% ($30,481)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.0
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 14.1

Births per 1000 population in Pierce County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 7.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Pierce County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 5.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Pierce County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 14.8%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.0%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Pierce County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Pierce County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 96,822 (78,391 aged, 18,431 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 15,745 (8%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Pierce County, Washington in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (6,427)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (6,154)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (4,362)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (4,336)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (3,847)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (3,540)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (2,598)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,465)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (1,403)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,301)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.67
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 8,735
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 158
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 26,713

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,319
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 707
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 43
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 95

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 8
Fitness & recreation sports centers per 100,000 population in 2005: 6,960

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 47.1. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 27.8
  • Cut/Pierce - 5.3
  • Other - 14.0

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 126.9. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 68.3
  • Suffocation - 25.7
  • Poisoning - 21.8
  • Fall - 5.3
  • Other - 5.8

Household type by relationship:

Households: 861,312
  • In family households: 700,864 (109,783 male householders, 99,597 female householders)
    156,062 spouses, 259,374 children (241,394 natural, 5,830 adopted, 12,150 stepchildren), 14,927 grandchildren, 6,793 brothers or sisters, 13,247 parents, 15,088 other relatives, 25,993 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 141,442 (52,481 male householders (39,528 living alone)), 55,810 female householders (45,778 living alone)), 33,151 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 19,006

Size of family households: 90,040 2-persons, 49,201 3-persons, 41,578 4-persons, 17,059 5-persons, 7,328 6-persons, 4,174 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 85,306 1-person, 19,961 2-persons, 1,987 3-persons, 502 4-persons, 409 5-persons, 126 7-or-more-persons.

134,881 married couples with children.
51,977 single-parent households (11,520 men, 40,457 women).

85.9% of residents of Pierce speak English at home.
5.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (61% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
2.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (69% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
5.0% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (55% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 19% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
1.1% of residents speak other language at home (70% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $5,375,525,000 ($7,211 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,099,557,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $1,980,484,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $580,037,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $10,778,000
Federal grants: $836,969,000
Federal procurement contracts: $514,703,000 ($419,688,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,452,554,000 ($1,272,347,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,703,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $980,975,000
Federal Government insurance: $315,457,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 52,820
Here:

70 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 28,597
Here:

38 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +10,006
Here:

+13 per 1000 residents
State:

+21 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +19,524
Here:

+26 per 1000 residents
State:

+13 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Pierce County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 119.74 millions of gallons per day (45% from ground, 55% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.5
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 6,376
  • 2010 to 2013: 12,770
  • 2000 to 2009: 54,900
  • 1990 to 1999: 58,715
  • 1980 to 1989: 47,689
  • 1970 to 1979: 53,089
  • 1960 to 1969: 33,142
  • 1950 to 1959: 21,650
  • 1940 to 1949: 15,813
  • 1939 or earlier: 34,406
Note: State values scaled to Pierce population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Pierce County, Washington
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Pierce County population
  • 1 room: 203
  • 2 rooms: 952
  • 3 rooms: 2,623
  • 4 rooms: 16,505
  • 5 rooms: 35,864
  • 6 rooms: 41,022
  • 7 rooms: 35,290
  • 8 rooms: 24,899
  • 9+ rooms: 33,303
  • 1 room: 5,591
  • 2 rooms: 7,583
  • 3 rooms: 22,128
  • 4 rooms: 36,651
  • 5 rooms: 24,119
  • 6 rooms: 15,905
  • 7 rooms: 7,477
  • 8 rooms: 3,967
  • 9+ rooms: 3,589
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Pierce County, Washington
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Pierce County population
  • no bedroom: 365
  • 1 bedroom: 3,765
  • 2 bedrooms: 28,246
  • 3 bedrooms: 100,836
  • 4 bedrooms: 46,925
  • 5+ bedrooms: 10,524
  • no bedroom: 6,294
  • 1 bedroom: 28,190
  • 2 bedrooms: 51,421
  • 3 bedrooms: 30,485
  • 4 bedrooms: 8,808
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,812
Cars and other vehicles available in Pierce County, Washington in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Pierce County population
  • no vehicle: 3,501
  • 1 vehicle: 39,977
  • 2 vehicles: 77,045
  • 3 vehicles: 46,158
  • 4 vehicles: 16,149
  • 5+ vehicles: 7,831
  • no vehicle: 14,838
  • 1 vehicle: 55,368
  • 2 vehicles: 42,809
  • 3 vehicles: 10,564
  • 4 vehicles: 2,309
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,122

82% of Pierce County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 36% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 82% lived in Washington.

Pierce County:

82.1%
State average:

82.3%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 427,190
  • Other state: 326,168
  • Northeast: 31,380
  • Midwest: 72,659
  • South: 73,500
  • West: 148,629

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Pierce County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (46.6%)
  • Utility gas (44.1%)
  • Wood (4.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.8%)
  • Other fuel (0.5%)
  • No fuel used (0.2%)
  • Electricity (78.9%)
  • Utility gas (17.6%)
  • Wood (1.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (0.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.5%)
  • No fuel used (0.5%)
  • Other fuel (0.4%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 5,997
Here:

6.9%
Washington:

10.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 3,029
Here:

6.9%
Washington:

7.5%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 8,701
Here:

20.5%
Washington:

16.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Pierce County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $31,814,000
    Parks and Recreation: $10,942,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,316,000
    General - Other: $2,126,000
    General Public Buildings: $625,000
    Health - Other: $341,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $220,000
    Financial Administration: $48,000
    Police Protection: $3,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $104,841,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $54,539,000
    Police Protection: $42,607,000
    Correctional Institutions: $39,742,000
    Regular Highways: $29,727,000
    General - Other: $21,997,000
    Housing and Community Development: $19,548,000
    Sewerage: $16,215,000
    Financial Administration: $13,336,000
    Central Staff Services: $10,146,000
    Corrections - Other: $8,964,000
    Parks and Recreation: $8,619,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $7,603,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $6,342,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,574,000
    Transit Utilities: $1,737,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,269,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $786,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $543,000
    Air Transportation: $473,000
    Water Utilities: $158,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $3,096,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $5,609,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,690,000
    General - Other: $2,064,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,728,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,654,000
    Parks and Recreation: $237,000
    Police Protection: $224,000
    Financial Administration: $199,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $141,000
    Health - Other: $100,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $54,000
    Correctional Institutions: $13,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $190,925,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $24,000

Pierce County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $46,023,000
    Sewerage: $26,398,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,969,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,727,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $7,292,000
    All Other: $3,084,000
    Health and Hospitals: $433,000
    General Local Government Support: $302,000
    Highways: $50,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $30,679,000
    All Other: $22,086,000
    Highways: $3,114,000
    Public Welfare: $609,000
    Housing and Community Development: $471,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $12,253,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $3,774,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $3,355,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $2,280,000
    Special Assessments: $1,127,000
    Rents: $1,087,000
    Sale of Property: $550,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $67,387,000
    All Other: $24,520,000
    Highways: $15,916,000
    Public Welfare: $2,789,000
    Education: $1,864,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,561,000
    Housing and Community Development: $93,000
  • Tax - Property: $140,882,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $53,883,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $19,722,000
    Other License: $8,579,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $7,321,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $3,538,000
    Severance: $1,003,000
    Other Selective Sales: $983,000
    Amusements Sales: $578,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $53,000

Pierce County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $79,781,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $65,883,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $46,406,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $32,508,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $27,730,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $22,330,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $5,400,000

Pierce County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $51,953,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $216,531,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $22,330,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 15,869
  • Number of aged recipients: 1,494
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 14,375
  • Number of recipients under 18: 2,147
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 10,554
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 3,168
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 4,093
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 7,911
Pierce County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Pierce County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 157 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED5,132$229,1362,808$229,51723,120$228,922871$135,12676$1,981,6711,544$188,825883$164,773
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED337$219,599332$220,9882,703$240,793155$76,9552$542,500219$180,142139$134,151
APPLICATIONS DENIED784$220,084696$228,4877,983$245,833544$100,12917$1,289,000692$184,442507$140,051
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN689$217,284406$236,3625,511$242,597197$168,1226$367,833380$197,600230$161,287
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS89$211,62994$235,2871,306$240,96876$150,1841$435,00087$192,48347$148,830
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 153 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED336$255,354499$255,5176$199,6672$167,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED170$269,312272$271,45613$265,4622$136,500
APPLICATIONS DENIED74$239,932160$267,1254$269,7501$160,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN37$252,97363$267,5080$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS7$287,00016$281,4384$168,7500$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Pierce County, WA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John3,38974.3 years
William2,74773.9 years
Robert2,64071.0 years
Mary2,38479.2 years
James2,29070.8 years
George1,81175.8 years
Charles1,75573.7 years
Helen1,48680.4 years
Margaret1,30880.4 years
Dorothy1,29978.4 years
Most common last names in Pierce County, WA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson1,69376.6 years
Smith1,34274.2 years
Anderson1,01876.9 years
Miller70374.5 years
Brown67274.7 years
Jones65573.3 years
Nelson63177.2 years
Williams60772.8 years
Peterson48177.9 years
Wilson46775.3 years
Businesses in Pierce County, WA
NameCountNameCount
24 Hour Fitness1Kincaid1
7-Eleven28Kmart5
ALDO1Kroger23
AT&T19LA Fitness4
Abercrombie & Fitch1La Quinta2
Abercrombie Kids1La-Z-Boy1
Ace Hardware10Lane Bryant1
Aeropostale2Lane Furniture6
Albertsons9LensCrafters2
American Eagle Outfitters2Little Caesars Pizza10
Ann Taylor1Lowe's5
Apple Store1Macy's3
Applebee's5Marriott1
Arby's7Marshalls2
Audi1MasterBrand Cabinets30
AutoZone9Mazda2
Avenue2McDonald's32
BMW1Men's Wearhouse2
Bally Total Fitness2Motel 62
Barnes & Noble1Motherhood Maternity4
Baskin-Robbins14New Balance14
Bath & Body Works3Nike23
Baymont Inn1Nissan3
Bed Bath & Beyond2Nordstrom1
Ben & Jerry's1Office Depot5
Best Western4OfficeMax3
Blockbuster10Old Country Buffet2
Budget Car Rental2Old Navy3
Burger King17Olive Garden2
Carl\s Jr.2Outback2
Casual Male XL1Outback Steakhouse2
Catherines2Pac Sun2
Chevrolet5Panda Express4
Chico's1Panera Bread3
Chuck E. Cheese's1Papa John's Pizza7
Church's Chicken1Payless11
Cinnabon 3Penske8
Circle K4PetSmart4
Cold Stone Creamery3Pier 1 Imports4
Coldwater Creek2Pizza Hut14
Comfort Inn1Popeyes5
Costco4Qdoba Mexican Grill2
Crossland Economy Studios2Quiznos9
Curves9RadioShack12
DHL3Red Lobster1
Dairy Queen13Red Robin3
Days Inn1Rite Aid15
Dennys7Rodeway Inn2
Discount Tire4Rue211
Domino's Pizza12Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
DressBarn1SAS Shoes1
Dressbarn1SONIC Drive-In3
Econo Lodge1Safeway17
Eddie Bauer1Sears7
Express1Sephora2
Extended Stay America2Soma Intimates1
Famous Footwear6Spencer Gifts2
Fashion Bug2Sprint Nextel11
FedEx58Staples1
Finish Line1Starbucks68
Firestone Complete Auto Care8Subaru2
Foot Locker2Subway66
Ford4T-Mobile29
Forever 211T.J.Maxx1
GNC15Taco Bell16
GameStop12Target6
Gap1The Limited1
Goodwill4The Room Place1
Gymboree2Torrid1
H&M1Toyota3
H&R Block39Toys"R"Us3
Hilton1Trader Joe's1
Holiday Inn4Travelodge1
Hollister Co.2True Value3
Home Depot6U-Haul31
Honda3UPS77
Hot Topic2Vans7
Howard Johnson3Verizon Wireless7
IHOP3Victoria's Secret2
J. Jill1Volkswagen2
JCPenney2Vons20
Jack In The Box20Walgreens16
Jamba Juice3Walmart5
Jones New York15Wendy's8
Journeys2Wet Seal2
Justice3YMCA8
KFC15

Pierce County on our top lists:

  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest average weight of females"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations"
  • #51 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #51 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other adherents"
  • #51 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other congregations"
  • #56 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents"
  • #56 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #70 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
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  • #78 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"