Tacoma + Pierce County Fast Facts

From big-city attractions to rural discoveries, Tacoma + Pierce County, Wash. is where ART + NATURE meet. Enjoy museums, cultural activities, historical sites, shopping and waterfront dining. Go hiking, biking, kayaking and fishing in this scenic outdoor wonderland.

Pierce County Population: 795,225*
  • Second most populous county in Washington state
City of Tacoma Population: 198,397*
  • Second most populous metropolitan area in Washington state
  • Third most populous city [after Seattle and Spokane]
Pierce County Area: 1,679 square miles
  • Geography: from Puget Sound in the west and the southeastern flank of Kitsap Peninsula [including Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula], through Mount Rainier National Park in the east, with the White River forming much of the northern boundary and the Nisqually River forming much of the southern border
  • Altitude: sea-level to 440 ft. in the metropolitan area; 14,411 ft. at the summit of Mount Rainier
Average Temperature: 
  • Summer [70-80 f, 21-26 c] | Winter [40-50 f, 4-10 c] | Spring/Fall [55-65 f, 13-18 c]
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. 198,397] – revitalized downtown, world-class museums, Chihuly Bridge of Glass, arts and culture
  • Lakewood [pop. 58,163] – beautiful lakes, gardens and the 340-acre Fort Steilacoom Park
  • Puyallup [pop. 37,022] – Puyallup Fair, Daffodil Festival, Arts Downtown Outdoor Gallery
Distance from Tacoma to:
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport – 18 m | 29 km
  • Seattle, WA – 36 m | 58 km
  • Portland, OR – 142 m | 228 km
  • Vancouver, BC – 174 m | 280 km
Accommodations:
  • Approximately 6,180 rooms at premier business class hotels and quality motels;  more than 25 bed + breakfast inns
Visitor Stats:
  • 4.993 million visitors, $887 million in spending, $66.8 million in tax receipts**

* 2010 U.S. Census Bureau Demographic Profile
** 2011 Dean Runyan Associates, Pierce County Travel Impacts