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Pierce County, WA&

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2.06% growth
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Median Household Income
7.09% growth
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Number of Employees
3.68% growth
Median Property Value
8.69% growth

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The economy of Pierce County, WA employs 392,703 people. The economy of Pierce County, WA is specialized in Public Admin.; Transportation & Warehousing; and Construction, which employ respectively 1.57; 1.54; and 1.27 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Pierce County, WA are Healthcare & Social Assistance (56,893), Retail trade (51,030), and Manufacturing (39,191), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($63,961), Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($51,329), and Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($49,821).

Median household income in Pierce County, WA is $64,434. Males in Pierce County, WA have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,973. The income inequality of Pierce County, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Pierce County, WA. In Pierce County, WA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 69 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,087. Yakima County, WA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Washington.


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Pierce County, WA is home to a population of 861,312 people, from which 95.9% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Pierce County, WA is composed of 581,633 White residents (67.5%), 91,177 Hispanic residents (10.6%), 62,372 Two+ residents (7.24%), 53,985 Black residents (6.27%), and 51,621 Asian residents (5.99%). The most common foreign languages in Pierce County, WA are Spanish (45,536 speakers), Korean (9,480 speakers), and Tagalog (7,156 speakers), but compared to other places, Pierce County, WA has a relative high number of Mon-Khmer, Cambodian (4,734 speakers), Other Pacific Island (6,387 speakers), and Other Slavic (2,923 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Pierce County, WA awarded 11,134 degrees. The student population of Pierce County, WA is skewed towards females, with 4,374 male students and 6,760 female students. Most students in Pierce County, WA are White (6,519 and 58.6%), followed by Black or African American (931 and 8.36%), Hispanic or Latino (846 and 7.6%), and Unknown (842 and 7.56%). The largest universities in Pierce County, WA by number of graduates are Tacoma Community College (2,037 and 18.3%), University of Washington-Tacoma Campus (1,620 and 14.6%), and Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom (1,601 and 14.4%). The most popular majors in Pierce County, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,987 and 17.8%), General Business (217 and 1.95%), and Registered Nursing (171 and 1.54%). The median tuition costs in Pierce County, WA are $39,080 for private four year colleges, and $5,040 and $10,736 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Pierce County, WA is $271,300, which is 1.32 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $249,600 to $271,300, a 8.69% increase. The homeownership rate of Pierce County, WA is 60%, which is lower than the national average of 63.1%. 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.


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