Introduction to Covington, Washington

Covington, Washington, in King county, is 6 miles E of Kent, Washington (center to center) and 20 miles SE of Seattle, Washington. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Seattle - Bellevue - Everett metropolitan area. Covington contains a population of approximately 13,783.

Covington History

This area was originally known as Jenkins Prairie. Covington was the name of a surveyor commissioned by the Northern Pacific Railroad to develop a railway line connecting Auburn and Kanaskat. One of the stops on this route was named after the surveyor. The area that developed around this stop was called Covington. It was incorporated as a city in August 1997.

Covington and nearby Attractions

  • Druids Glen Golf Club
  • Covington Aquatic Center
  • Meridian Valley Country Club
  • Lake Meridian Park
  • Camp Mc Cullough

Things To Do In Covington

Covington has amenities for many types of recreational activities. Lake Meridian provides fishing, swimming, boating, picnics, and other recreational activities. Lake Meridian Park has facilities for jogging and several types of sports. There are a number of golf courses nearby. One can visit Auburn or Tacoma for their museums and other unique attractions.

Covington Transportation

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Covington Higher Education

Green River Community College, Renton Technical College, and Bellevue Community College are some of the institutions where one can pursue higher studies.


Total Population 18,689
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 8.5%
Employed Population 16+ 9,474
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 56.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.3%
Median Earnings25+ $47,899
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $33,917
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,713


Median Family Income $94,647
% Above Poverty Level 91.8%
% Below Poverty Level 8.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 4.4%


People Living Alone 15.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,605
Median House Value $267,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.9%
US/American 0%
English 8.9%
Irish 8.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Covington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles E of Kent, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles SE of Seattle, Washington
County King
Standard Zip Codes 98042
Phone Area Codes 253
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.348
Longitude -122.113

Covington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6.6 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 44 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 51 to 75 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 57.1 inches
Station KENT
Distance 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 47 F
Apr Temp 42 to 61 F
Jul Temp 55 to 77 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches
Distance 12.5 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 75 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Covington, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lake Sawyer (98042)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Algona 3,107 $57,857
Auburn 74,527 $68,515
Black Diamond 4,291 $91,528
Kent 124,292 $69,108
Maple Valley 24,682 $107,338
Pacific 6,954 $63,442

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Covington High Schools

18200 SE 240TH STREET
Serves 1,357 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

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