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 95,171 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, Federal Way isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Federal Way are a mix 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 (16.48%), sales jobs (10.03%), and management occupations (8.76%).
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.
In Federal Way, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.85 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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Federal Way is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Federal Way area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The citizens of Federal Way are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.27% of adults in Federal Way having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Federal Way in 2010 was $27,483, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $109,932 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 17.57% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Federal Way include Irish, English, Norwegian, and European.
In addition, Federal Way has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (22.22%).
The most common language spoken in Federal Way is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.