Federal Way is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 96,757 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Federal Way is the 11th largest community in Washington.
Housing costs in Federal Way are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Federal Way is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Federal Way is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Federal Way who work in office and administrative support (16.07%), sales jobs (9.12%), and management occupations (9.07%).
Also of interest is that Federal Way has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One of the nice things about Federal Way is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Federal Way, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.77 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Federal Way use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Federal Way‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The overall education level of Federal Way is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.15% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Federal Way in 2010 was $28,947, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $115,788 for a family of four. However, Federal Way contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Federal Way is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Federal Way home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Federal Way residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Federal Way also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.74% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Federal Way include English, Irish, Norwegian, and Ukrainian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Federal Way's cultural character, accounting for 23.39% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Federal Way is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.