Community Profile

City Goal Statement

"Fife will be a vibrant community in which to live, work, shop and play with interconnected green infrastructure, open space and robust commercial and industrial areas that support a great quality of life and promotes a city of neighbors."

The City of Fife

The City of Fife sits in the shadow of Mount Rainier in North Pierce County, Washington. To the North of the City is the Port of Tacoma. To the East are the cities of Milton and Edgewood. Fife covers approximately 5.6 square miles and holds an estimated population of 9,346 (per the 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates). Although Fife wasn’t incorporated as a City until 1957, it has a long history of agriculture. The fertile farm lands attracted many nationalities including Indians, Swiss, Scandinavian and Japanese. This rich mixture of culture and history helps make Fife a diverse and vibrant city.

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The City of Fife has established itself as a thriving warehouse, distribution, and transportation district. Easy access to the Port of Tacoma and I-5 makes the City prime real estate for development and business opportunities, such as lodging, manufacturing, distribution and retail businesses. With the expected expansion of SR-167 connecting to I-5, there will be an increasing demand for vacant and redevelopable land within the City limits. In addition to all the commercial growth, Fife’s residential growth has led to a current population of over 9,200 (nearly doubled from a decade ago). The balance of single-family and multi-family developments help Fife maintain a quiet neighborhood feel.

Population Change

Housing

Median Housing Value $235,500
Single Family** 52.2%
Multi-Family 47.8%
Owner Occupied 42.1%
Renter Occupied 57.9%
*Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2013 5-Year American Community Survey
**Includes mobile homes and boats. RV’s, vans, etc.

Closer than you think:

  • SeaTac International Airport (13 miles)
  • Tacoma Dome (2 miles)
  • JBLM (Joint Base Lewis-McChord) (15 miles)
  • Western Washington Fair (9 miles)
  • Mt. Rainer National Park (80 miles)
  • Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (12 miles)
  • Seattle (28 miles)
  • Pacific Ocean Beaches (90 miles)

Major Employers (100+ Employees):

  • Milgard
  • Mission Foods
  • American Fast Freight
  • Continuant
  • Costco Wholesale Corp.
  • Gensco, Inc
  • Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino
  • FedEx Freight
  • Motel 6
  • Odom Corporation
  • Pexco LLC
  • Comcast
  • Smith Fire Systems
  • United Parcel Service
  • US Foodservice
  • Valdo’s Catering
  • ProLogix Distribution Services

Schools

The majority of the City of Fife is served by the Fife School District, which offers a primary school, two elementary schools, a middle school, a junior high school and a high school. A large southeastern portion of the City is served by the Puyallup School District, with elementary and middle schools in Edgewood and the high school in downtown Puyallup (see School District Boundary Map).

Government

The City of Fife has a council-manager form of government, with an elected seven member City Council. The City has many operating departments including: Executive, Finance, Administration, Public Works, Community Development, Parks Recreation and Community Services, Police and Courts.

Demographics – City of Fife

City of Fife Population Structure by Age and Gender – 2000 and 2010

Population

Race and Ethnicity

Ethnicity

Selected socioeconomic indicators – City of Fife

Characteristic Percent (Estimate)
Percent high school graduate¹ or higher (age 25+) 90.0%
Percent Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 20.6%
Percent population below poverty 12.9%
Under 18 Years 17.0%
18 to 64 years 11.6%
65 years and over 10.7%
Percent without Heath Insurance 17.9%
18-64 years 22.6
Under 18 years 9.7%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2013 5 –Year American Community Survey, Includes equivalency

Other Interesting Facts – City of Fife

Characteristic Measure (Estimate)
Civilian population 18 years and over 6,801
Number of Veterans – age 18+ 767
Population Foreign Born 2,228
Naturalized U.S. citizen 994
Not a U.S. Citizen 1,234
Percent population working outside city of residence 84.0%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 25.1
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2013 5 –Year American Community Survey

Demographics and Health Data for City of Fife – Prepared by Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Click link above to learn about Fife’s demographic characteristics and health related data in relation to Washington State and Pierce County.

Housing, Land Use, and Economic Characteristics

Households by income 2010 Number 2010 Percent 2013 Number 2013 Percent
Less than $10,000 163 4.7% 226 6.2%
$10,000 – $14,999 171 4.9% 122 3.4%
$15,000 – $24,999 289 8.3% 265 7.3%
$25,000 – $34,999 396 11.4% 346 9.5%
$35,000 – $49,999 640 18.5% 645 17.7%
$50,000 – $74,999 830 24.0% 769 21.1%
$75,000 – $99,999 482 13.9% 660 18.2%
$100,000 – $149,999 343 9.9% 489 13.4%
$150,000 – $199,999 95 2.7% 72 2.0%
$200,000 or more 54 1.6% 42 1.2%
Total Households 3463 3636
Median Household income $52,294 $57,275
Mean Household Income $60,620 $63,382
*Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year Estimates
Household Income

Land Use

Existing Land Use Acres % Land Use Gross Area
Single family 368 12.0%
Multi-Family 146 4.8%
Commercial 557 18.2%
Industrial 747 24.5%
Vacant/Developable 728 23.8%
Source: Pierce County Existing Land Use GIS Shapefile (accessed 6/2/2015)

Employment Data

2010 Total employment 12,346
2030 Forecasted Total Employment 18,765
2035 Forecasted Total Employment 20,350
Education K-12 1.5%
Manufacturing 40.7%
Finance/Insurance/Real Estate/Services 26.5%
Retail – Food Services 16.2%
Construction – Resource 11.5%
Government/Higher Education 3.5%
2015 Licensed Businesses* 1200+
Source: Puget Sound Regional Council, Land Use Target Forecasts, 2013
*Washington State Business License System (May 29, 2015): Includes City of Fife businesses and licensed contractors

Permit Activity

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
All Permits Issued 469 524 535 579 692 758
Building Valuation $26,665,635 $13,258,377 $18,791,874 $25,573,178 $17,630,263 $83,878,705
*City of Fife Community Development Permit Data, 2009-2014

The City of Fife is an equal opportunity‎ employer.