Pierce County, WA

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Population

876,764

1.79% growth

Median Age

36.1


Median Household Income

$69,278

7.52% growth

Poverty Rate

12.2%


Number of Employees

407,033

3.65% growth

Median Property Value

$300,200

10.7% growth

About

In 2017, Pierce County, WA had a population of 877k people with a median age of 36.1 and a median household income of $69,278. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Pierce County, WA grew from 861,312 to 876,764, a 1.79% increase and its median household income grew from $64,434 to $69,278, a 7.52% increase.

The population of Pierce County, WA is 66.7% White Alone, 10.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.16% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Pierce County, WA speak a non-English language, and 96% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Pierce County, WA are Tacoma Community College (1,924 degrees awarded in 2016), University of Washington-Tacoma Campus (1,665 degrees), and Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom (1,548 degrees).

The median property value in Pierce County, WA is $300,200, and the homeownership rate is 63.2%. Most people in Pierce County, WA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 30.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Pierce County, WA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Pierce County, WA employs 407k people. The largest industries in Pierce County, WA are Health Care & Social Assistance (60,423 people), Retail Trade (51,483 people), and Manufacturing (35,546 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($87,694), Public Administration ($57,534), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($55,699).

Median household income in Pierce County, WA is $69,278. Males in Pierce County, WA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,061. The income inequality in Pierce County, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$69,278

2017 value

± $2,137

7.52%

1 Year Growth

± 3.94%

Households in Pierce County, WA have a median annual income of $69,278, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $64,434 in 2016, which represents a 7.52% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$76,243

Average Male Salary

± $1,417

$56,061

Average Female Salary

± $1,119

In 2017, full-time male employees in Pierce County, WA made 1.36 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $68,438 ± $3,071

  2. White

    $60,339 ± $979

  3. Two or More Races

    $48,848 ± $3,228

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pierce County, WA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Pierce County, WA is from Washington.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.467

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Washington was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.249% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 703.07

  2. Census Tract 9400.11

  3. Census Tract 703.14

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Pierce County, WA was Census Tract 703.07 with a value of $122,743, followed by Census Tract 9400.11 and Census Tract 703.14, with respective values of $106,912 and $104,000.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Pierce County, WA (101k out of 829k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    65,506 ± 1,958

  2. Hispanic

    18,904 ± 1,021

  3. Two Or More

    9,903 ± 799

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

407k

2017 Value

± 10,810

3.65%

1 Year growth

± 3.58%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Pierce County, WA grew at a rate of 3.65%, from 393k employees to 407k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Pierce County, WA, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (21,047 people), Driver/Sales Workers & Truck Drivers (12,934 people), and Laborers & Material Movers, Hand (11,674 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Pierce County, WA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Pierce County, WA, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (21,047 people), Driver/Sales Workers & Truck Drivers (12,934 people), and Laborers & Material Movers, Hand (11,674 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pierce County, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Preschool & Kinder (8.1 times higher than expected), First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting & Prevention Workers (2.41 times), and Woodworkers (2.19 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Pierce County, WA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($75,284), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($72,129), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,709).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

407k

2017 Value

± 10,810

3.65%

1 Year growth

± 3.58%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Pierce County, WA grew at a rate of 3.65%, from 393k employees to 407k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Pierce County, WA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (60,423 people), Retail Trade (51,483 people), and Manufacturing (35,546 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Pierce County, WA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (60,423 people), Retail Trade (51,483 people), and Manufacturing (35,546 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pierce County, WA has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.88 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.43 times), and Public Administration (1.43 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Pierce County, WA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($87,694), Public Administration ($57,534), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($55,699).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $38.6B

  2. $37.2B

  3. $28.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $38.6B, followed by Mixed freight with $37.2B and Gasoline and $28.3B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Washington products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$296B

2015 Value

$444B

Projected 2045 Value

50.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Washington trade was $296B. This is expected to increase 50.1% to $444B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Washington trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $26.3B

  2. $14.2B

  3. $9.45B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $26.3B, followed by California with $14.2B and Tennessee and $9.45B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Washington shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.8% of the population of Pierce County, WA has health coverage, with 45.8% on employee plans, 18.5% on Medicaid, 9.16% on Medicare, 14.9% on non-group plans, and 5.49% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Pierce County, WA was $7,913 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,609).

Primary care physicians in Pierce County, WA see 1423 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.32% decrease from the previous year (1442 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1272 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 258 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14%). Additionally, Adams County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (36.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,423 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Pierce County, WA see an average of 1,423 patients per year. This represents a 1.32% decrease from the previous year (1,442 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 neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,913

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,328

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,851

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,997

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Washington (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4%, from $7,609 to $7,913.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.22%

Uninsured

45.8%

Employer Coverage

18.5%

Medicaid

9.16%

Medicare

14.9%

Non-Group

5.49%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Pierce County, WA grew by 6.97% from 5.81% to 6.22%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Pierce County, WA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14% prevalence

  2. 13.6% prevalence

  3. 13.4% prevalence

Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Washington, at 14%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Washington by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Pierce County, WA is home to a population of 877k people, from which 96% are citizens. As of 2017, 9.08% of Pierce County, WA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Pierce County, WA is composed of 585k White Alone residents (66.7%), 95.6k Hispanic or Latino residents (10.9%), 62.8k Two or More Races residents (7.16%), 58.3k Black or African American Alone residents (6.65%), 51.9k Asian Alone residents (5.92%), 13.2k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (1.51%), 7.6k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.867%), and 2.24k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.255%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Pierce County, WA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Pierce County, WA was 36.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Pierce County, WA are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Pierce County, WA residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.08%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

9.2%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 9.08% of Pierce County, WA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Pierce County, WA was 9.2%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    237,996 ± 11,783 people

  2. India

    86,024 ± 7,159 people

  3. Philippines

    78,671 ± 6,850 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pierce County, WA was Mexico, the natal country of 237,996 Pierce County, WA residents, followed by India with 86,024 and Philippines with 78,671.

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Citizenship

96%

2017 Citizenship

95.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96% of Pierce County, WA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Pierce County, WA was 95.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    585k ± 1.1k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    95.6k ± 7.12k

  3. Two or More Races

    62.8k ± 5.39k

In 2017, there were 6.12 times more White Alone residents (585k people) in Pierce County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 95.6k Hispanic or Latino and 62.8k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Pierce County, WA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Pierce County, WA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Pierce County, WA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Pierce County, WA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    28,275 ± 3,380

  2. Vietnam

    26,250 ± 2,119

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    13,943 ± 1,669

Pierce County, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.08 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Pierce County, WA awarded 11,107 degrees. The student population of Pierce County, WA is skewed towards women, with 14,470 male students and 21,690 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Pierce County, WA are White (6,263 and 58.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (929 and 8.63%), Black or African American (914 and 8.49%), and Unknown (882 and 8.19%).

The largest universities in Pierce County, WA by number of degrees awarded are Tacoma Community College (1,924 and 17.3%), University of Washington-Tacoma Campus (1,665 and 15%), and Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom (1,548 and 13.9%).

The most popular majors in Pierce County, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (2,082 and 18.7%), General Business Administration & Management (323 and 2.91%), and Registered Nursing (309 and 2.78%).

The median tuition costs in Pierce County, WA are $39,080 for private four year colleges, and $4,258 and $9,778 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 142 degrees awarded

  2. 2,082 degrees awarded

  3. 199 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Pierce County, WA was Registered Nursing with 142 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

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,924 degrees awarded

  2. 1,665 degrees awarded

  3. 1,548 degrees awarded

$4,258

Median In-State Public

$39,080

Median Private

In 2016, the Pierce County, WA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Tacoma Community College with 1,924 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,605

Degrees Awarded to Men

6,502

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 4,605 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Pierce County, WA, which is 0.708 times less than the 6,502 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,263 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    929 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    914 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Pierce County, WA were to White students. These 6,263 degrees mean that there were 6.74 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 929 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Pierce County, WA was $300,200 in 2017, which is 1.38 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $271,300 to $300,200, a 10.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Pierce County, WA is 63.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Pierce County, WA have an average commute time of 30.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Pierce County, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$69,278

Median Household Income

± $2,137

321k

Number of Households

± 8,852

In 2017, the median household income of the 321k households in Pierce County, WA grew to $69,278 from the previous year's value of $64,434.

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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Housing

Property Value

$300,200

2017 Median

± $5,171

$271,300

2016 Median

± $4,177

In 2017, the median property value in Pierce County, WA grew to to $300,200 from the previous year's value of $271,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Pierce County, WA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Pierce County, WA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Pierce County, WA 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

63.2%

2017 Homeownership

60%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63.2% of the housing units in Pierce County, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Pierce County, WA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

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, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

30.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Pierce County, WA have a longer commute time (30.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 5.94% of the workforce in Pierce County, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.8%

  2. Carpooled

    9.21%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.07%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Pierce County, WA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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