Our Community


Living in Pierce County

From our world-class healthcare to our school districts and transportation, learn why Pierce County is a great place to live. Our unique combination of urban and rural areas create the perfect place to call home.


The Pacific Northwest is known for its rain. However, the temperate climate of Pierce County only averages 39.9 inches of rainfall a year (less than New York). For more weather info, check out our forecast.

For current county temperature, wind speed, relative humidity, barometric pressure and more, visit our local weather stations.


Travel by land, air and water with the Port of Tacoma, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Sound Transit's rail and bus system.

The Pierce County Ferry, Amtrak and Pierce Transit system are just a few more examples of the convenient transportation systems available.

Cities and Towns

We have 23 cities and towns in Pierce County, each with an array of qualities. Find the most recent population numbers for 2011 here.


Exceptional academic institutions and learning experiences can be found in Pierce County. We have 17 school districts, 300 schools and seven colleges and universities.

World-Class Health Care

MultiCare Health System is a non-profit leading edge, integrated health organization that operates four hospitals and numerous clinics serving patients at 93 locations.

Franciscan Health System is a comprehensive health care organization operating hospitals, same-day surgery centers, occupational health services, physical therapy clinics and centers for advanced medicine featuring state-of-the-art technology.


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base is now Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) - one of 12 joint bases worldwide. JBLM has more than 25,000 soldiers and civilian workers. The post supports over 120,000 military retirees and more than 29,000 family members living both on and off post. Fort Lewis proper contains 86,000 acres and the Yakima Training Center covers 324,000 acres. McChord Air Force Base is home to the 62nd Airlift Wing is the active duty host wing on McChord and is joined by its Reserve partner, the 446th Airlift Wing. Together, they fly 50 C-17 Globemaster IIIs to combat zones.

Adjacent to JBLM, Camp Murray is home to the Washington National Guard and the Washington Air National Guard. The two armories at Camp Murray can be used for graduations, receptions, tournaments, youth events, potlucks, seminars and charity events.