Tacoma-Pierce County Key Statistics

(For more current statistics and/or more information, please use the links at the end of this page)



Tacoma 2010 Census: 198,397
Tacoma 2012 Estimate: 199,600
Pierce County 2010: 795,225
Source: Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County



Median Age in Tacoma (2010): 35.1
Median Household Income in Tacoma (2008-2012): $50,439
Average Household Size: 2.44
Source: United States Census Bureau



Top 5 Major Employers
Major Employer/Organization
Employment (FTEs)






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1. U.S. Joint Base Lewis-McChord

2. Local Public Schools

3. Multicare Health System

4. Washington State

5. Franciscan Health System

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Health care


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19 colleges, universities and professional schools within 30 miles, including:

  o University of Washington Tacoma
  o Pacific Lutheran University
  o University of Puget Sound
  o The Evergreen State College Tacoma


18 community colleges and technical schools within 30 miles, including:

  o Tacoma Community College
  o Pierce College
  o Bates Technical College
  o Clover Park Technical College

Source: Tacoma- Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County


Housing (2011)

Tacoma Median Home Price: $240,000
Pierce County Median Home Price: $235,000  

Source: Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce


Certain public documents maintained by the FWDA may be downloaded on our Public Notices & Documents page.


The Foss Waterway Development Authority office location will be permanently closed and telephone service will be disconnected as of December 18, 2020.  However, staff will continue to work remotely and will be available via email until December 28th.  You may direct inquiries to Norm Gollub at ngollub@theafoss.com or to Louise Dreyer at ldreyer@theafoss.com until December 28, 2020.

As of January 1, 2021, all services formerly performed by FWDA will be conducted by the City of Tacoma or other agents, as noted below.  You may also use the City’s Tacoma First 311 system to be directed to the appropriate individual for your circumstance.

  • Development site interest:  Tacoma Community and Economic Development at 253-591-5039


  • City of Tacoma service requests (such as burned out street lights, graffiti, trash along Dock Street):  Tacoma First 311 (phone, app, or tablet/computer)


  • Special event permits and common area maintenance along the water side esplanade (litter, landscaping, etc.): Foss Waterway Owners Association care of HOA Community Solutions, 253-985-3812, Extension 102 or brenda@hoacommunitysolutions.com


  • Public access moorage at 535 Dock Street: Foss Waterway Seaport Museum at 253.272.2750 ext. 101.


  • Parks on the Foss:  Metro Parks Tacoma at 253-305-1022.