Introduction to Federal Way, Washington

Federal Way is situated between Seattle and Tacoma in King County and is known as a bedroom community. The city is bordered on the west by Puget Sound. Retail and services companies are major employers.

Weyerhaeuser, a timber based corporation, and World Vision are two of the city's prominent companies. The region's technology corridor is about thirty minutes away. The city has a large Korean-American community.


The area was established during the late 1800's as a logging settlement. Near the end of the 1950s the city included numerous neighborhoods and a notable commercial district. The name Federal Way was first used by a local school district and in the 1950s was taken as the name for the city by the Chamber of Commerce. During the 1960s residential districts expanded and included the residences of Boeing employees and executives from Weyerhaeuser. During the 1970s and the 1980s the population and the retail industry experienced rapid growth.


Federal Way features numerous parks and trails. Celebration Park is one of the top soccer and softball venues located on the West Coast. Steel Lake Park is situated along a lakefront and includes a boat launch. Dumas Bay Center is a beautiful acreage located on the Puget Sound. The West Hylebos Wetlands Park provides scenic hiking trails.

The Weyerhaeuser/King County Aquatic Center hosts numerous national and international swimming and diving competitions. A vast trail system traverses through the city which is utilized for activities and enjoying the natural environment. Residents and visitors enjoy taking walks along waterfront parks. Redondo Beach is a popular location along the Puget Sound.


  • Knutzen Family Theatre features a variety of performances
  • Festival Days
  • Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden features more than 10,000 rhododendrons and is located in a scenic wooded area
  • Wild Waves Theme Park is the biggest amusement park in the area
  • The Commons at Federal Way is a popular shopping mall
  • The Hanwoori Korean festival is a notable event which includes numerous activities for families
  • Numerous Korean Restaurants

Nearby Attractions

There are numerous noteworthy attractions in the region including Vashon Island, Winter Bird Wonderland, Commencement Bay and Maury Island.


Federal Way is served by the Sea-Tac Airport.


Total Population 92,859
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 44,221
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 46.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.3%
Median Earnings25+ $38,439
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,709
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,705


Median Family Income $65,081
% Above Poverty Level 84.6%
% Below Poverty Level 15.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 7.8%


People Living Alone 24.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,038
Median House Value $245,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.4%
US/American 0%
English 7.1%
Irish 7.3%

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

Federal Way Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 19 miles S of Seattle, Washington
County King
Standard Zip Codes 98001, 98003, 98023
P.O. Box Zip Codes 98063, 98093
Phone Area Codes 253
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.322
Longitude -122.311

Federal Way Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station TACOMA 1
Distance 7 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 47 F
Apr Temp 42 to 60 F
Jul Temp 55 to 76 F
Oct Temp 45 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.9 inches
Station KENT
Distance 7.1 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 10 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Algona 3,107 $57,857
Auburn 74,527 $68,515
Des Moines 30,715 $67,278
Edgewood 9,600 $91,094
Milton 7,219 $77,109
Pacific 6,954 $63,442

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

Federal Way Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(253) 944-8100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Federal Way High Schools

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2800 SW 320TH ST
Serves 1,726 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

30611 16TH AV S
Serves 1,686 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.4

35999 16TH AV S
Serves 1,156 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

32020 1ST AV S
A Non-traditional School
Serves 270 students.

31455 28TH AV S
A Non-traditional School
Serves 201 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

30611 16TH AV S
A Non-traditional School
Serves 28 students.

36001 1ST AV S
A Special Education School
Serves 7 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.5

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