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Pierce County, a land of Puget Sound shores, glaciated plains, and the high Cascades of the Mount Rainier region, is located in western Washington. The Oregon Territorial Legislature created Pierce County December 22, 1852, shortly before Washington Territory was created by Congress in 1853. It was named in honor of Franklin Pierce, fourteenth President of the United States.

According to the U.S. Census , the county has a total area of 1,806 square miles, of which 1,679 square miles is land and 128 square miles (7.06%) is water. The highest natural point in Washington, Mt Rainier at 14,410 feet is the most prominent volcano in the Cascade Mountains.

Pierce County has a population of 813,600, the second most populous county in Washington State, according to the state Office of Financial Management . The county seat is Tacoma , which is also the county’s largest city. There are 21 incorporated cities and towns in Pierce County, each with a unique array of qualities: Bonney Lake, Buckley, Carbonado, Dupont, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Milton, Orting, Puyallup , Roy, Ruston, South Prairie, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma, University Place and Wilkeson; whereas parts of Auburn, Encumlaw and Pacific are located in Pierce County while the remaining parts of the city are in King County.

Auburn

Auburn

Bonney Lake

Bonney Lake

Buckley

Buckley

Dupont

Dupont

Eatonville

Eatonville

Edgewood

Edgewood

Fife

Fife

Fircrest

Fircrest

Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor

Graham

Graham

Kapowsin

Kapowsin

Lake Tapps

Lake Tapps

Lakewood

Lakewood

McKenna

McKenna

Milton

Milton

Orting

Orting

Pacific

Pacific

Parkland

parkland

Puyallup

Puyallup

Roy

Roy

Ruston

Ruston

Spanaway

Spanaway

Steilacoom

Steilacoom

Sumner

Sumner

Tacoma

Tacoma

University Place

University Place
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