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  • Living in Tacoma-Pierce County

    A beautiful place to live, work and play 

    No matter who you are, what you like to do or what kind of surroundings you love, you’ll feel at home here.

    If you work with us, you’ll help protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County. And you’ll find Pierce County is a great place to live, learn, work and play.

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    Find your home

    Nearly one million people live in our more than 20 unique communities. If you thrive on city life, Tacoma is beautiful and hopping. Small-town charm is more your speed? We have plenty to choose from. We also offer great rural spaces, suburbs, mid-size towns and of course quick access to Seattle’s big-city amenities.

    Find your community

    If you join us, you’ll get to work in one of the most ethnically and racially diverse counties in Washington. We want our workforce to reflect the communities we serve, and we commit to recruiting accordingly. You’ll support our work to become an anti-racist, multicultural organization. And you’ll be part of an agency that creates policies, practices and actions to achieve health equity and make Pierce County a better place for everyone.  

    Find your fun

    We’ll put our natural beauty up against any place in the world. Crave the mountains? Mt. Rainier is located in East Pierce County. Bodies of water? We boast 125 miles of saltwater shoreline, plus plenty of lakes and rivers.  You’ll find the Tacoma Dome, Point Defiance Zoo and all kinds of world-class entertainment. We’re home to the Washington State Fair, one of the largest fairs in the world. And you can enjoy unreal views at Chambers Bay Golf Course, one of the best public courses in the nation and home to the 2015 U.S. Open Championship.

    About Pierce County

    Original settlers lived here thousands of years ago. They were the ancestors of today’s Nisqually, Puyallup, Squaxin, Steilacoom and Muckleshoot Indians. In 1832, Hudson’s Bay Company formed the first permanent white settlement, Fort Nisqually. Pierce County thrived on the lumber, railroad and waterway industries. Pierce County was officially established in 1852. Learn more about our history.

    You should also know we:

    • Have a population of about 915,000 people.
    • Are home to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which has more than 25,000 soldiers and civilian workers.
    • Offer 17 school districts, 300 schools and seven colleges and universities.
    • Are a quick drive from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
    • Might not get as much rain as you think! Our 39 inches a year is less than you’d get in many places, including New York.