Federal Way, WA
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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 97,044 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 (14.83%), management occupations (9.18%), and sales jobs (8.48%).

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.

Federal Way is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

In Federal Way, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.31 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Federal Way is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Federal Way, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The overall education level of Federal Way is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.02% 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 $30,288, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $121,152 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 18.10% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Federal Way include German, English, Irish, Norwegian, and Ukrainian.

In addition, Federal Way has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (24.80%).

The most common language spoken in Federal Way is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.