Pierce County, WA

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2022 Population
918,993
0.963% 1-year growth
US Senator
Patty Murray
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maria Cantwell
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
36.5
0.275% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
8.66%
1.41% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$91,486
10.8% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$444,600
20.4% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
438,855
1.44% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Pierce County, WA had a population of 919k people with a median age of 36.5 and a median household income of $91,486. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Pierce County, WA grew from 910,225 to 918,993, a 0.963% increase and its median household income grew from $82,574 to $91,486, a 10.8% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Pierce County, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (63.7%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (8.36%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.76%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (6.46%), and White (Hispanic) (4.26%).

None of the households in Pierce County, WA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

95.6% of the residents in Pierce County, WA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Pierce County, WA are Pierce College District (1,952 degrees awarded in 2022), University of Washington-Tacoma Campus (1,859 degrees), and Tacoma Community College (1,717 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Pierce County, WA was $444,600, and the homeownership rate was 64.6%.

Most people in Pierce County, WA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 32.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Pierce County, WA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Pierce County, WA is home to a population of 919k people, from which 95.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 10.4% of Pierce County, WA residents were born outside of the country (95.5k people).

In 2022, there were 7.63 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (586k people) in Pierce County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 76.8k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 62.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.6%
2022 Citizenship
95.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95.6% of Pierce County, WA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Pierce County, WA was 95.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Pierce County, WA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    586k ± 1.25k
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    76.8k ± 2.5k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    62.1k ± 1.62k
11.9%
Hispanic Population
109k people

In 2022, there were 7.63 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (586k people) in Pierce County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 76.8k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 62.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

11.9% of the people in Pierce County, WA are hispanic (109k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Pierce County, WA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    244,390 ± 11,943 people
  2. India
    101,527 ± 7,771 people
  3. China
    86,360 ± 7,174 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 244,390 Washington residents, followed by India with 101,527 and China with 86,360.

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Foreign-Born Population

10.4%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
95.5k people
10.2%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
92.8k people

As of 2022, 10.4% of Pierce County, WA residents (95.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Pierce County, WA was 10.2%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    29,181 ± 1,362
  2. Vietnam
    20,934 ± 932
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    13,479 ± 874

Pierce County, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.39 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Pierce County, WA employs 439k people. The largest industries in Pierce County, WA are Health Care & Social Assistance (61,710 people), Retail Trade (52,173 people), and Manufacturing (39,989 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($99,517), Public Administration ($81,340), and Information ($74,643).

Males in Washington have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $73,054. The income inequality in Washington (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

439k
2022 Value
± 5,476
1.44%
1 Year growth
± 1.75%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Pierce County, WA grew at a rate of 1.44%, from 433k employees to 439k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Pierce County, WA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (50,867 people), Management Occupations (44,568 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (40,090 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Pierce County, WA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

439k
2022 Value
± 5,476
1.44%
1 Year growth
± 1.75%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Pierce County, WA grew at a rate of 1.44%, from 433k employees to 439k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Pierce County, WA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (61,710 people), Retail Trade (52,173 people), and Manufacturing (39,989 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Pierce County, WA, though some of these residents may live in Pierce County, WA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$61,752
Median earning men ± $1,201
$44,641
Median earning women ± $798

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($91,164), Information ($83,438), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($76,711).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($70,124), Construction ($62,979), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($55,438).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
3.62%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 3.58M people employed in Washington. This represents a 3.62% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.3%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 6,741
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 4,056
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 3,918
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Pierce County, WA went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 53.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (42.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.26%).

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing the state of Washington. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Washington

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Patty Murray
Senator from Washington3
Assumed office on January 3, 1993
Maria Cantwell
Senator from Washington1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing Washington.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Washington

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Washington have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Pierce County, WA awarded 9,574 degrees. The student population of Pierce County, WA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 13,313 male students and 18,315 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Pierce County, WA are White (4,827 and 51.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,273 and 13.7%), Asian (1,008 and 10.8%), and Two or More Races (916 and 9.84%).

The largest universities in Pierce County, WA by number of degrees awarded are Pierce College District (1,952 and 20.4%), University of Washington-Tacoma Campus (1,859 and 19.4%), and Tacoma Community College (1,717 and 17.9%).

The most popular majors in Pierce County, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,857 and 19.4%), Computer & Information Systems Security (382 and 3.99%), and General Business Administration & Management (370 and 3.86%).

The median tuition costs in Pierce County, WA are $49,472 for private four year colleges, and $4,868 and $7,742 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Pierce County, WA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 85.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 17.4%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 31,628 (42.1% men and 57.9% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 31,628 students enrolled in Pierce County, WA, 42.1% men and 57.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 14,143 records, of which 57.6% were women and 42.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 134 degrees awarded
  2. 1,857 degrees awarded
  3. 144 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Pierce County, WA was Registered Nursing with 134 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Pierce County, WA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,952 degrees awarded
  2. 1,859 degrees awarded
  3. 1,717 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Pierce College District with 1,952 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 3,870 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Pierce County, WA, which is 0.678 times less than the 5,704 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 4,827 degrees mean that there were 3.79 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,273 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($49,472) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,377) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,151) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 0.975% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.954% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.41M), Some college (1.4M), and Bachelors Degree (1.33M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Pierce County, WA was $444,600 in 2022, which is 1.58 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $369,300 to $444,600, a 20.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Pierce County, WA is 64.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Pierce County, WA have an average commute time of 32.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Pierce County, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Pierce County, WA is $91,486. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Pierce County, WA was Census Tract 605 with a value of $163,935, followed by Census Tract 724.06 and Census Tract 724.10, with respective values of $157,924 and $157,566.

In 2022, 16.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Pierce County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.98%.

Property

$444,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$2,894
$220,644
Median Property Taxes
±$3,444

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Pierce County, WA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

64.6%
Homeownership
2022
66%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 64.6% of the housing units in Pierce County, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 605
  2. Census Tract 724.06
  3. Census Tract 724.10

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Pierce County, WA was Census Tract 605 with a value of $163,935, followed by Census Tract 724.06 and Census Tract 724.10, with respective values of $157,924 and $157,566.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Pierce County, WA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$91,486
Median Household Income
± $1,193
342k
Number of Households
± 4,655

In 2022, the median household income of the 342k households in Pierce County, WA grew to $91,486 from the previous year's value of $82,574.

The following chart displays the households in Pierce County, WA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Pierce County, WA is from Washington.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in Washington
0.468
2021 Wage GINI in Washington

In 2022, the income inequality in Washington was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.285% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (72.7%)
  2. Worked At Home (10.9%)
  3. Carpooled (9.94%)

In 2022, 72.7% of workers in Pierce County, WA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (10.9%) and those who carpooled to work (9.94%).

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Commute Time

32.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Pierce County, WA have a longer commute time (32.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 5.42% of the workforce in Pierce County, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Pierce County, WA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Pierce County, WA have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 16.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Pierce County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.98%.

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Poverty & Diversity

8.66% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Pierce County, WA (77.9k out of 900k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Pierce County, WA is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 9% of the children was living in poverty in Pierce County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 8.9%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 458 in Pierce County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 18.8 per 100,000 population.

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Health

94% of the population of Pierce County, WA has health coverage, with 49.6% on employee plans, 16.3% on Medicaid, 9.24% on Medicare, 14.1% on non-group plans, and 4.69% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Pierce County, WA see 1335 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.05% decrease from the previous year (1363 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1209 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 189 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.3% were men and 50.7% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,335 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Pierce County, WA

Primary care physicians in Pierce County, WA see an average of 1,335 patients per year. This represents a 2.05% decrease from the previous year (1,363 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Pierce County, WA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25% under 18 years, 22.1% between 18 and 34 years, 38.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.3% were men and 50.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.04%
Uninsured
49.6%
Employer Coverage
16.3%
Medicaid
9.24%
Medicare
14.1%
Non-Group
4.69%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Pierce County, WA declined by 1.22% from 6.11% to 6.04%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 41.4 in Pierce County, WA.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 32.1% in Pierce County, WA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 7.6% in Pierce County, WA.

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