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Pierce County is the second most populous county in the state of Washington. It was named for U.S. President Franklin Pierce. As of 2004, the population was 744,000. The county seat is Tacoma, on Commencement Bay, which is also the county's largest city. Image File history File links Public domain map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin, modified to show counties. ... Jump to: navigation, search A U.S. state is any one of the fifty states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, together with the District of Columbia and Palmyra Atoll (an uninhabited incorporated unorganized territory), form the United States of America. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: The Evergreen State Other U.S. States Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Governor Christine Gregoire (D) Senators Patty Murray (D) Maria Cantwell (D) Official languages None Area 184,824 km² (18th)  - Land 172,587 km²  - Water 12,237 km² (6. ... Jump to: navigation, search The President of the United States (often abbreviated POTUS) is the head of state of the United States. ... Jump to: navigation, search Franklin Pierce (November 23, 1804 – October 8, 1869) was an American politician and the 14th President of the United States, serving from 1853 to 1857. ... Jump to: navigation, search 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search Tacoma, with Mount Rainier in background City nickname: The City of Destiny Location Location of Tacoma in Pierce County and Washington State Government County Pierce Mayor Bill Baarsma (NP) Physical characteristics Area      Land      Water 162. ... Commencement Bay is the body of water on which Tacoma, Washington is located. ...


Pierce County is notable for being home to the Mount Rainier volcano, the tallest mountain in the Cascade Range. Its most recent recorded eruption was between 1820 and 1854. There is no imminent risk of eruption, but geologists expect that the volcano will erupt again. If this should happen, parts of Pierce County and the Puyallap Valley would be at risk from lahars, lava, or pyroclastic flows. The Mount Rainier Volcano Lahar Warning System was established in 1998 to assist in the evacuation of the Puyallup River valley in case of eruption. Mount Rainier is a stratovolcano (and national park) located 54 miles (87 km) southeast of Seattle, Washington in Pierce County. ... Jump to: navigation, search A volcano is a geological landform (usually a mountain) where magma (rock of the Earths interior made molten or liquid by extremely high temperatures along with a reduction in pressure and/or the introduction of water or other volatiles) erupts through the surface of the... Jump to: navigation, search Mount Adams in Washington The Cascade Range is a mountainous region famous for its chain of tall volcanoes called the High Cascades that run north-south along the west coast of North America from British Columbia to the Shasta Cascade area of northern California. ... 1820 was a leap year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1854 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... A lahar is a mixture of rock, mud, water and usually debris that flows down from a volcano (or occasionally other mountains), typically along a river valley. ... Jump to: navigation, search Look up Lava, ‘A‘a, or Pāhoehoe in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Lava is molten rock that a volcano expels during an eruption. ... Pyroclastic flows sweep down the flanks of Mayon Volcano, Philippines, in 1984 Pyroclastic flows are a common and devastating result of some volcanic eruptions. ... The Puyallup River in Pierce County, Washington flows about 45 miles from its source on Mount Rainier to Commencement Bay at Tacoma. ...

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,679 km² (1,806 mi²). 4,348 km² (1,679 mi²) of it is land and 330 km² (128 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 7.06% water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Jump to: navigation, search A square mile is the area equal to a square with sides each 1 mile long. ...


Geographic features

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Download high resolution version (520x672, 82 KB)source http://geopubs. ... Download high resolution version (520x672, 82 KB)source http://geopubs. ... Jump to: navigation, search Mount Adams in Washington The Cascade Range is a mountainous region famous for its chain of tall volcanoes called the High Cascades that run north-south along the west coast of North America from British Columbia to the Shasta Cascade area of northern California. ... Commencement Bay is the body of water on which Tacoma, Washington is located. ... Mount Rainier is a stratovolcano (and national park) located 54 miles (87 km) southeast of Seattle, Washington in Pierce County. ... The Nisqually River (nuh-SKWAH-lee) is a river in west central Washington in the United States, approximately 81 mi (130 km) long. ... Puget Sound Puget Sound is an arm (sound) of the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. ... The Puyallup River in Pierce County, Washington flows about 45 miles from its source on Mount Rainier to Commencement Bay at Tacoma. ... The Tacoma Narrows, a strait, is part of Puget Sound. ... The Key Peninsula is a finger of land in the Puget Sound. ... Anderson Island is the southernmost island in the Puget Sound and is part of Pierce County, Washington, USA. It is accessible by boat or a 20 minute ferry ride from Steilacoom. ...

Major highways

Jump to: navigation, search This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Interstate 705 is a short interstate spur route of Interstate 5 located entirely within Tacoma, Washington. ... Washington State Route 16 is a highway in the state of Washington, U.S.A. It extends just over 27 miles (43 km) from Tacoma in the southeast to Gorst in the northwest. ... Jump to: navigation, search Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapsing The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is a mile-long (1600 meter) suspension bridge with a main span of 2800 ft/850 m (the third-largest in the world when it was first built) that carries Washington State Route 16 across the Tacoma Narrows... Washington State Route 167 connects Interstate 5 in Tacoma with Interstate 405 in Renton. ... SR-512 is a highway originating at Interstate 5 in Lakewood, WA and ends in Puyallup, WA at SR-167. ...

Adjacent counties

Jump to: navigation, search King County is located in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Yakima County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Lewis County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Thurston County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Mason County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Kitsap County is a county located in the state of Washington. ...

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 700,820 people, 260,800 households, and 180,212 families residing in the county. The population density is 161/km² (417/mi²). There are 277,060 housing units at an average density of 64/km² (165/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 78.39% White, 6.95% Black or African American, 1.42% Native American, 5.08% Asian, 0.85% Pacific Islander, 2.20% from other races, and 5.11% from two or more races. 5.51% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. Jump to: navigation, search A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article is about the year 2000. ... Jump to: navigation, search The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Jump to: navigation, search The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Jump to: navigation, search The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Jump to: navigation, search The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Jump to: navigation, search The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Jump to: navigation, search The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Jump to: navigation, search The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Jump to: navigation, search The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Jump to: navigation, search The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There are 260,800 households out of which 35.90% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.80% are married couples living together, 11.80% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% are non-families. 24.30% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.60% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.60 and the average family size is 3.10. Jump to: navigation, search Marriage is a legal, social, and religious relationship between individuals which has formed the foundation of the family for most societies. ...


In the county, the population is spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 31.30% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.20% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 98.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 96.70 males.


The median income for a household in the county is $45,204, and the median income for a family is $52,098. Males have a median income of $38,510 versus $28,580 for females. The per capita income for the county is $20,948. 10.50% of the population and 7.50% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 13.20% of those under the age of 18 and 7.20% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Cities and towns

Artondale is a census-designated place located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Ashford is a census-designated place located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Bonney Lake is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Buckley is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Carbonado is a town located in Pierce County, Washington. ... DuPont is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Eatonville is a town located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Edgewood is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Elbe Evangelisch Lutherische Kirche Elbe is an unincorporated community in Pierce County, Washington. ... Elk Plain is a census-designated place located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Fife is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Fircrest is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Fort Lewis is a census-designated place and U.S. Army military base located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Fox Island is a census-designated place located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Frederickson is a census-designated place located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Gig Harbor is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Graham is a census-designated place located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Greenwater is a census-designated place located in Pierce County, Washington, United States. ... Lakewood is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... McChord AFB is a United States Air Force base in Pierce County, Washington. ... Midland is a census-designated place located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Orting is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Parkland is a census-designated place located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Prairie Ridge is a census-designated place located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Jump to: navigation, search Puyallup (pronounced ) is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Roy is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Ruston is a town located in Pierce County, Washington. ... South Hill is a census-designated place located in Pierce County, Washington, near the city of Puyallup. ... South Prairie is a town located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Spanaway is a census-designated place located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Steilacoom is a town located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Summit is a census-designated place located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Sumner is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Jump to: navigation, search Tacoma, with Mount Rainier in background City nickname: The City of Destiny Location Location of Tacoma in Pierce County and Washington State Government County Pierce Mayor Bill Baarsma (NP) Physical characteristics Area      Land      Water 162. ... University Place is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Waller is a census-designated place located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Wilkeson is a town located in Pierce County, Washington. ...

Other

The third largest army post in the United States, Fort Lewis, is located in the County as are McChord Air Force Base, Madigan Army Medical Center, and Camp Murray National Guard post. Altogether these military installations contribute over 42,000 military and civilian jobs to the local economy.


The Port of Tacoma is the sixth busiest container port in North America, and one of the 25 busiest in the world, and it plays an important part in the local economy. This deep-water port covers 2,400 acres (9.7 km²) and offers a combination of facilities and services including 34 deepwater berths, two million square feet (190,000 m²) of warehouse and office space, and 131 acres (530,000 m²) of industrial yard. One economic impact study showed that more the 28,000 jobs in Pierce County are related to the Port activities.


The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is one of the most seen departments on Fox's [i]COPS[/i] TV show. The City of Lakewood Police Department is the most-featured police department on the show.


External links

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Cities | Towns | Municipalities | Governors | Legislature | Initiatives | Congress | Symbols | Parks | Roads | Music Source: http://www. ... Jump to: navigation, search A U.S. state is any one of the fifty states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, together with the District of Columbia and Palmyra Atoll (an uninhabited incorporated unorganized territory), form the United States of America. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: The Evergreen State Other U.S. States Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Governor Christine Gregoire (D) Senators Patty Murray (D) Maria Cantwell (D) Official languages None Area 184,824 km² (18th)  - Land 172,587 km²  - Water 12,237 km² (6. ... This is a list of cities in Washington state, U.S.A.. See also List of towns and the category Census-designated places in Washington. ... List of towns in Washington State Note: Populated places in Washington State are either cities, towns or census-designated places. ... There are 281 cities in the U.S. state of Washington. ... This is a list of governors of the U.S. state of Washington. ... The Washington State Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Washington. ... Jump to: navigation, search This is a list of all initiatives that have appeared before Washington voters from 1914 to 2005, listed by number, subject, and result. ... Washington State currently sends 11 congressional delegates to the United States Congress - 9 members of the House and 2 Senators. ... This is a list of Washington state parks, in the United States of America. ... Categories: Stub | Washington state highways ... The U.S. state of Washington includes several major hotbeds of musical innovation. ...

State capital:

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Regions:

Central Washington | Columbia River Plateau | Eastern Washington | Inland Empire | Kitsap Peninsula | Olympic Peninsula | Okanogan Country | Palouse | Puget Sound | San Juan Islands | Western Washington | Yakima Valley This list of regions of the United States includes official (governmental) and non-official areas within the borders of the United States, not including U.S. states, the federal district of Washington, D.C. or standard subentities such as cities or counties. ... Central Washington is a region of the United States defined as the western half of Eastern Washington, or those counties lying east of the Cascade Mountains but west of the 119th meridian. ... The Washington towns of Spokane, Vantage, Yakima and Pasco, and the Oregon town of Pendleton, lie on the Columbia River Plateau. ... Eastern Washington is a region of the United States defined as that part of Washington state east of the Cascade Mountains. ... The Inland Empire is a region in the Pacific Northwest centered around Spokane, Washington, including much of the surrounding Columbia River basin. ... The Kitsap Peninsula, at times called the Indian Peninsula or the Great Peninsula, is the arm of land in Washington state (USA) that lies west of Seattle across Puget Sound and east of the Olympic Peninsula across Hood Canal. ... The Olympic Peninsula is the large arm of land in western Washington state that lies across Puget Sound from Seattle. ... Okanogan County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... The Palouse is a region covering approximately 16,000 sq. ... Puget Sound Puget Sound is an arm (sound) of the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. ... The San Juan Islands are a part of the San Juan Archipelago in the northwest corner of the continental United States. ... Western Washington is a region of the United States defined as that part of Washington state west of the Cascade Mountains. ... This irrigation ditch receives its water from the Yakima River. ...

Major cities:

Bellevue | Bellingham | Everett | Federal Way | Kent | Seattle | Spokane | Spokane Valley | Tacoma | Tri-Cities | Vancouver | Yakima Jump to: navigation, search Location Location of Bellevue within King County, Washington, and King County within Washington. ... Jump to: navigation, search Bellinghams Old Fairhaven neighborhood - April 2004 Bellingham is the county seat of Whatcom County in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Everett High School (part of Everett Public Schools) Everett Public Schools logo Everett Station Everett is a city located in Snohomish County, Washington. ... Federal Way is a city located in King County, Washington, United States. ... Logo of Kent, WA Kent is a city located in King County, Washington. ... Jump to: navigation, search Downtown Seattle skyline City nickname: The Emerald City Location Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Government County King Mayor Greg Nickels NP/Democrat ¹ Physical characteristics Area      Land      Water 369. ... Jump to: navigation, search Spokane (pronounced spō-CAN ) is the county seat of Spokane County in the State of Washington. ... Spokane Valley, Washington is a newly incorporated city in Spokane County, Washington. ... Jump to: navigation, search Tacoma, with Mount Rainier in background City nickname: The City of Destiny Location Location of Tacoma in Pierce County and Washington State Government County Pierce Mayor Bill Baarsma (NP) Physical characteristics Area      Land      Water 162. ... The Tri-Cities in the state of Washington are Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick. ... City of Vancouver Logo Vancouver, Washington is a city on the north shore of the Columbia River, in the state of Washington, USA. It is the county seat of Clark County. ... City seal Yakima is a city in central Washington and the county seat of Yakima County, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 71,845. ...

Smaller cities:

Auburn | Bremerton | Edmonds | Kennewick | Kirkland | Lakewood | Olympia | Pasco | Redmond | Renton | Richland | Shoreline Auburn is a city located in Washington. ... Jump to: navigation, search Bremerton is a city located in Kitsap County, Washington, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 37,259. ... Edmonds is a city located in Snohomish County, Washington. ... Jump to: navigation, search Kennewick is a city located in Benton County in south-eastearn Washington, USA. It is the most populous of the three cities collectively referred to as the Tri-Cities (the others being Pasco and Richland). ... Marina Park in Kirkland Kirkland is a city located in King County, Washington. ... Lakewood is a city located in Pierce County, Washington. ... State Capitol and waterfront, Olympia, Washington. ... Pasco is a city located in Franklin County, Washington. ... Jump to: navigation, search Location Location of Redmond within King County, Washington, and King County within Washington. ... Renton is a city located in King County, Washington, USA, immediately southeast of Seattle. ... Richland is a city located in Benton County in southeastern Washington, at the confluence of the Yakima River and the Columbia River. ... Shoreline is a city located in King County, Washington, 15 miles (24 km) north of Downtown Seattle. ...

Counties:

Adams | Asotin | Benton | Chelan | Clallam | Clark | Columbia | Cowlitz | Douglas | Ferry | Franklin | Garfield | Grant | Grays Harbor | Island | Jefferson | King | Kitsap | Kittitas | Klickitat | Lewis | Lincoln | Mason | Okanogan | Pacific | Pend Oreille | Pierce | San Juan | Skagit | Skamania | Snohomish | Spokane | Stevens | Thurston | Wahkiakum | Walla Walla | Whatcom | Whitman | Yakima List of Washington counties: Washington counties Adams County Asotin County Benton County Chelan County Clallam County Clark County Columbia County Cowlitz County Douglas County Ferry County Franklin County Garfield County Grant County Grays Harbor County Island County Jefferson County King County Kitsap County Kittitas County Klickitat County Lewis County Lincoln... Adams County is a county located in the State of Washington. ... Asotin County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Benton County is a county located in the south central of the state of Washington. ... Chelan County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Clallam County is a county in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Clark County is a county located in the southwestern part of the state of Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. ... Cowlitz County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Douglas County is a county located in the state of Washington, USA. As of 2000, the population is 32,603. ... Ferry County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Franklin County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Garfield County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Grant County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Grays Harbor County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Jefferson County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Jump to: navigation, search King County is located in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Kitsap County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Kittitas County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Klickitat County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Lewis County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Lincoln County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Mason County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Okanogan County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Pacific County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Pend Oreille County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... San Juan County is a county located in the state of Washington, comprised of the San Juan Islands. ... Skagit County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Skamania County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Snohomish County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Spokane County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Stevens County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Thurston County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Wahkiakum County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Walla Walla County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Jump to: navigation, search Whatcom County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Whitman County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Yakima County is a county located in the state of Washington. ...


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Pierce County shall assume no liability for any decisions made or actions taken or not taken by the user of the applications in reliance upon any information or data furnished.
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In the county, the population is spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 31.30% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.20% who are 65 years of age or older.
In the county, the population is spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 17.00% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 9.60% who are 65 years of age or older.
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