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Living in Pierce County

Mount Rainier with Fog from Reflection Lakes

From the forest trails of Mount Rainier to most charming little dive bars, there’s no doubt that Pierce County has all it takes to elevate your quality of life.

Part of the Seattle metropolitan area and home to a population of over 800,000, Pierce County, WA is only an hour away from the hustle and bustle of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. The second most populous county in Washington state, it boasts a variety of attractions and events to keep everyone happy: shopping, restaurants, historic sites, galleries, wineries, fishing, camping, golf and other outdoor activities, and festivals and fairs—the list is endless! No wonder Pierce County plays host to over 5 million visitors per year.

Its temperate climate is only one of the things that makes Pierce County an excellent place to live. Offering a combination of urban and rural areas in which to find your place in the sun, it also boasts leading-edge healthcare, excellent schools, and a highly-efficient transportation system.


With the iconic 14,000-foot tall Mount Rainier providing a majestic backdrop to everyday life, and a wealth of deep forests, prairie land, and rivers, Pierce County is home to the most awe-inspiring views. Follow the course of the Mississippi River and drive along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway, stopping to experience the most loved natural, cultural, historical, recreational and scenic destinations in Pierce County.

The Economy

Looks can be deceiving: It may not look it, but Pierce County is a major contributor of hydropower for the state. Puyallup River generates 26 megawatts of power, enough for 650 homes, via the Electron Hydroelectric Project.

Meanwhile, healthcare, retail, educational services and administrative jobs make up the bulk of the job market.

Quality Education

Pierce county prides itself in having no less than 17 school districts and 300 schools. There are seven colleges and universities in Pierce County. These academic institutions provide exceptional learning experiences for the youth as well as adult learners in the communities.

Farmers Market

Among the really great things about living in Pierce County is the abundance of farmers markets. Among the most notable is the Proctor Farmers Market, a highly accessible market that focuses mainly on fresh, local food. It’s a favorite among residents and tourists alike, and typically runs From April through to October.


All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Luckily, there’s no chance of that happening in Pierce County! For a wonderful food extravaganza, nothing compares with the Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival in June. Expect loads of tastings and samplings of cheese curd food dishes as well as fantastic live music.

And of course, there’s the Pierce County Fair at Frontier Park in Graham, WA. Have some great fun with the family — check out the exhibits, visit with the animals, enjoy the food and basically just have a blast!

Outdoors Recreation

Spend a day at the highly-rated Kinnickinnic State Park where you can delight in world class fly fishing as well as a variety of outdoor activities, including birding and nature walks. Love hiking and geocaching? There are ample opportunities here as well!

Consider exploring passages 70 feet below the ground on a one-hour tour of Crystal Cave. Wisconsin’s longest cave offers a wealth of information covering history, geology and even bats! Always a steady 50 degrees, the cave is a welcome respite from the hot sun as well as the rains and snow.

Whether you enjoy a game of golf on wide open spaces or on smooth rolling greens overlooking the Puget Sound, you’re bound to find exactly what you’re looking for here. Pierce County has two notable courses, The Lake Spanaway Golf course, known for hosting the Puget Sound Amateur since 1967 and the equally renowned Chambers Bay, host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and 2015 U.S. Men’s Open.

Seeking to live here? Pierce County boasts 23 unique communities to pick from. There are houses, condominiums, townhomes and villas in gated and non-gated communities, many with sweeping waterfront views and views of the surrounding mountains!

If you’re looking to explore homes for sale in Pierce County, WA, you’ll need a Pierce County real estate agent you can trust. You can rely on me, Lori Lewandowski, a full-time, full-service, award-winning Realtor who’s served countless clients throughout the decades.

For proven expertise and unparalleled customer care in handling your real estate needs, including single family homes for sale in Pierce County, give me a call at 253.617.5922 or send me an email at today.


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