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Pierce County Resources

Find needed information for your visit or relocation to Pierce County.

About Pierce County:
[From Washington State Office of Financial Management, figures accurate as of 2015]


  • Pierce County area: 1,669.51 square miles
  • Pierce County population: 830,120
  • City of Tacoma population: 211,277
  • Tacoma: second most populous metropolitan area in Washington State
  • Tacoma: third most populous city [after Seattle + Spokane]


  • Summer [70-80 degrees F]; Fall [45-65 degrees F]; Winter [40-50 degrees F]; Spring [45-65 degrees F]
  • Average rainfall 39 inches [less than New York, Boston, Houston and Miami], 75 percent of which falls October through March; Driest month: July; Wettest month: December

Largest communities

  • Tacoma [pop. 211,277]: revitalized downtown, six major museums, Chihuly Bridge of Glass, many restaurants
  • Lakewood [pop. 60,665]: beautiful lakes, gardens and 340-acre Fort Steilacoom Park
  • Puyallup [pop. 40,640]: Washington State Fair, Daffodil Festival, “Arts Downtown” Outdoor Gallery

Distance from Tacoma to:

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport: approximately 25 miles
  • Seattle: approximately 35 miles
  • Portland, OR: approximately 144 miles
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada: approximately 174 miles

Local policies

  • Bring Your Own Bag: Thin, plastic checkout bags are no longer distributed at Tacoma retail stores, and stores are required to collect a minimum of five cents for each recycled paper or reusable checkout bag requested by customers.  
  • Cannabis: Recreational marijuana use by adults - including adult visitors from out of state - is legal in Washington State, but there are restrictions on its use. Make sure and read up on the law.

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