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Time Zone: Pierce County lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Tacoma is the Seat for Pierce County.

Pierce County was founded in 1852 and was created by taking area from ThurstonCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Pierce had a population of 796,836 people. This is an increase of 13.7% since the last Census (which gave a population of 700,820 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Pierce represented 11.89% of the total population of Washington, making it the state's 2nd most populous county (out of 39 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010795,225+13.47%-0.2% since 2009
2009796,836+13.7%+1.24% since 2008
2008787,099+12.31%+1.69% since 2007
2000700,820The Last Census

More information can be found on the Pierce County Census Page for Pierce County.


Below are some of the communities located in Pierce County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Pierce County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Tacoma   199,638193,5563.14% increase  
Lakewood   57,71058,2110.86% decrease  
Puyallup   37,74333,01114.33% increase  
University Place   30,68529,9332.51% increase  
Bonney Lake   17,1689,68777.2% increase  

Websites for Pierce County

Official Website:   www.co.pierce.wa.us/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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