About Pierce County

From 17 school districts, to world-class healthcare and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, this is a livable Pierce County. Learn more about why we call this part of the PNW home.
Looking to start a business or find public documents? Learn more about what it means to work in Pierce County and find out what you need to take care of business.
Take a walk downtown and visit some of our amazing museums, or see the polar bears at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Find out what your next adventure will be.

Our History

On December 22, 1852, the Territorial Legislature of Oregon determined that Thurston County, which stretched from Olympia to the Canadian border and from the Cascades to the Pacific Ocean, was far too large. In response, the legislature portioned out of it King, Jefferson and Pierce County. The legislature also passed laws appointing the first county officers and located the county seat at Steilacoom, which was chosen largely because it was the only town in Washington with its own jail.

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Fun Facts

More than 800,000 residents
More than 5 million visitors per year
Made up of 23 unique communities
Home of the Washington State Fair
Home of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship
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Home of the iconic 14,000-foot tall Mount Rainier