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Moving to Pierce County ... Urban and Rural Living Collide at the Edge of the I-5 Corridor

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Pierce County ranges from the Puget Sound to Mt. Rainier and variety of lifestyle and opportunity makes this region unique

Pierce County is Washington’s second largest municipality, after King’s County Seattle, etc. It ranges from Puget Sound to Mt. Rainier and variety of lifestyle and opportunity makes this region unique --

By Tom Brennan, Copyright © 2022,

The Landscape: Variety is the Rule

Mount Rainier is the iconic image that most people associate with Pierce County. The snow-covered volcano has not erupted since 1854 (unlike Mount St. Helens in 1987) and although dormant, is alive. An advanced warning system keeps watch for the local communities, just in case. Mount Rainier and its home park are tourism magnets for year-round visitors. Washington offers 365 days a year of unique opportunities for visitors and residents to hike, ski, boat and fish and enjoys the cornucopia of art and cultural offerings that the resident art and creative community have to share. Washington has a major investment in the world of the mind and inspiration is what many visitors and residents enjoy the most.

Who Lives Here? Meet the New Neighbors

The County’s recent census figures give an estimate of over 725,000 residents. Most Northwest States and several Western States such as Wyoming and Montana have fewer residents than the States east of the Continental Divide and this is what draws newcomers. Breathing space, a place to grow and a more relaxed but productive atmosphere offer relief from the frenzied, crowded and road-raging mega-cities. The mix of degreed professionals, uniformed military, and boots and jeans farmers makes for a friendly community. The County’s numerous schools offer quality education for families and employment for parents and others.

Opportunity Knocks in Pierce County: Work, Play, Live

Up through recent times, agriculture formed the basis of the local economy. Major conversion of land into residential use changed that but recent developments have begun a change to reincorporate agriculture back into a serious economic factor. Once again the growth of the Indo-Pacific region and entry into Indian, Asian and Chinese markets have expanded demand for agricultural products and Washington’s access to more rapid cargo movements to Asia have made agriculture a more lucrative industry. The Pierce County Farm Advisory Commission is working to incentivize more investment in farming and large-scale agri-business development. The Port of Tacoma is the 6th busiest container ship port in all of North America and ranks 25th worldwide. The fairly recent development of container ships has revolutionized shipping and many jobs are connected with the Port in one way or another.

Housing Costs and Other Necessities

In general, Pierce County’s housing market is less expensive than King County (Seattle Bellevue etc.) with median entry price at about $285,000. The extensive network of highways and roads enable commuters to take advantage of out of town jobs and still enjoy the Washington quality of life advantages.

Why do people move to Pierce County?

Washington is attracting a large audience for many reasons. The unique and awe-inspiring landscape is like no other and it varies from seacoast to mountains and rainforest to productive agricultural lands. It is becoming a destination for technology workers who can no longer withstand Silicon Valley (and California’s) astronomical housing costs and increasing taxes and regulations (like the draconian water restrictions recently passed). The Seattle and Tacoma area offer on-site, remote and contract work that lets the worker earn a good living and not expend their free time in a nightmare commute. Washington leads in the “stay-cation” concept. Unbounded recreation is locally available on-call and the variety is limited only by the dreams and desires of those who make the decision to live here. People here have a balanced view of life and are happier for it.

Living the dream in Pierce County

2018 shows much economic potential for many. A surging economy, raises and bonuses and opportunities are positive signs of growth. If you have dreamed of buying a home this is the time to make that dream come true. Having a plan, doing your homework and working with a professional realtor in a proactive way will open up that front door to a new home. Contact a realtor at the link below and find out all that the area offers prospective home buyers.
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