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Federal Way, Washington Education and City Information

Federal Way, Washington, is located between Seattle and Tacoma next to Puget Sound. Residents have access to a variety of colleges, universities and specialty schools in the area surrounding the city. Examine Federal Way's population, economy and schools in this article.

About Federal Way

While Federal Way started out as a Native American campground, trading post, and then logging community in the 1800s, it wasn't incorporated as a city until 1990. It is located next to Puget Sound between Seattle and Tacoma along the I-5 corridor. Federal Way has 93,425 residents, based on 2014 U.S. Census estimates, and its median household income is $54,186, as of 2010-2014 census info. About 58% of those living in Federal Way are white, 14% are Asian, 10% are African American and 16% are Hispanic. About a quarter of this city's residents have earned at least a bachelor's degree.

Federal Way has an extensive park system and a community center. Residents and visitors have access to beaches, green space and hiking trails. Attractions include West Hylebos Wetlands Park, Enchanted Village/Wild Waves Theme Park, Knutzen Family Theater, botanical gardens and a bonsai collection.

Educational Opportunities

Federal Way has three proprietary schools in its city limits: DeVry University, Cortiva Institute and Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty. An additional 25 schools can be found within 20 miles of the city. BJ's Beauty & Barber College in Auburn and Highline College in Des Moines are the closest to Federal Way - about six miles away.

The Tacoma campus of University of Washington is seven miles from Federal Way. This campus serves about 4,400 students and offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs.

The University of Puget Sound is also in Tacoma and enrolls around 3,000 students. A private, non-profit university, it's ranked 72nd among liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Pacific Lutheran University, in Tacoma, is ranked 14th among regional universities in the West by U.S. News. It offers several bachelor's degree programs along with an MBA and master's programs in writing, education, marriage and family therapy, nursing, accounting, marketing research and finance.

Other nearby schools include Tacoma Community College, Pierce College at Puyallup and Pinchot University.

Economy and Industry Info

Federal Way is centrally located between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma and close to the technology corridor of Bellevue. The largest category of employment for residents in Federal Way is health care and social assistance. Retail trade is the second largest, and administrative and support and waste management/remediation services is third. Large businesses in the city include Weyerhaeuser, TOTE and World Vision.


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