Fife, WA Education and City Information

About Fife, Washington

Fife is a small town in Pierce County, in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area. It is less than five miles from downtown Tacoma. About 9,550 residents call this town home, according to 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Residents are 17.4% Hispanic, 15.5% Asian and 55.2% Caucasian. Almost 20% of residents age 25 and older have bachelor's degrees.

A history museum, salt water swimming center and outlet shopping area are all found here. Fife is a small suburb and so its cultural life depends on nearby Tacoma and Seattle. Both cities offer ample cultural activity, from state of the art museums and institutions to professional sports teams. Moist air off the Pacific Ocean and Puget Sound creates regular rainy conditions in Fife and its surroundings. Temperatures are seasonally mild.


While Fife doesn't have any postsecondary institutions in its city limits, residents can find 28 schools within 25 miles of the city, in areas like Tacoma and Seattle. Green River Community College, located in Auburn, is the largest school in the area, with almost 8,000 students. Tacoma Community College is about 9 miles from Fife and enrolls roughly 7,200 students. Other community and technical schools include Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom, Bates Technical College, Renton Technical College and Highline College.

The University of Washington's Tacoma campus is just a few miles away. It offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. University of Puget Sound, also in Tacoma, is a private liberal arts college that was ranked 72nd among national liberal arts colleges in 2016, according to U.S. News & World Report. In addition to several proprietary institutions and careers schools, the area is also home to Pinchot University, the Tacoma campus of Everest College and Faith Evangelical College and Seminary.


Fife is named after a Tacoma industrialist, and the town remains connected to the Tacoma economy. Intel and Boeing are nearby, but according to data from the 2012 Economic Census, the majority of Fife residents working in Fife are employed in wholesale and retail trade, accommodations and food services and manufacturing.

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