Community Profile

City Goal Statement

Fife will be a vibrant community in which to live, work, shop and play with interconnected green infrastructure, open space and robust commercial and industrial areas that support a great quality of life and promotes a city of neighbors.

The City of Fife

Location

The City of Fife sits in the shadow of Mount Rainier in North Pierce County, Washington. To the North of the City is the Port of Tacoma. To the East are the cities of Milton and Edgewood. Fife covers approximately 5.6 square miles and holds an estimated population of 9,346 (per the 2010 to 2014 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates).

See the Google web map of the City of Fife.

History

Although Fife wasn’t incorporated as a City until 1957, it has a long history of agriculture. The fertile farmlands attracted many nationalities including Indians, Swiss, Scandinavian and Japanese. This rich mixture of culture and history helps make Fife a diverse and vibrant city.

Business

The City of Fife has established itself as a thriving warehouse, distribution, and transportation district. Easy access to the Port of Tacoma and I-5 makes the City prime real estate for development and business opportunities, such as lodging, manufacturing, distribution and retail businesses. With the expected expansion of SR-167 connecting to I-5, there will be an increasing demand for vacant and redevelopable land within the City limits.

Residents

In addition to all the commercial growth, Fife’s residential growth has led to a current population of over 9,200 (nearly doubled from a decade ago). The balance of single-family and multi-family developments help Fife maintain a quiet neighborhood feel.

Population

Population Change Bar Graph; 2,900 in 1990, 4,800 in 2000, 9,200 in 2010 (approximate)

Housing

Median Housing Value$235,500
Single Family (Includes mobile homes and boats. Recreational Vehicles (RVs), vans, etc.)52.2%
Multi-Family47.8%
Owner Occupied42.1%
Renter Occupied57.9%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 to 2013 5-Year American Community Survey

Closer Than You Think

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) (15 miles)
  • Mt. Rainer National Park (80 miles)
  • Pacific Ocean Beaches (90 miles)
  • Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (12 miles)
  • SeaTac International Airport (13 miles)
  • Seattle (28 miles)
  • Tacoma Dome (2 miles)
  • Western Washington Fair (9 miles)

Major Employers (100+ Employees)

  • American Fast Freight
  • Comcast
  • Continuant
  • Costco Wholesale Corporation
  • Emerald Queen Hotel and Casino
  • FedEx Freight
  • Gensco, Incorporated
  • Milgard
  • Mission Foods
  • Motel 6
  • Odom Corporation
  • Pexco LLC
  • ProLogix Distribution Services
  • Smith Fire Systems
  • United Parcel Service
  • US Foodservice
  • Valdo’s Catering

Schools

The majority of the City of Fife is served by the Fife School District, which offers a primary school, two elementary schools, a middle school, a junior high school and a high school. A large southeastern portion of the City is served by the Puyallup School District, with elementary and middle schools in Edgewood and the high school in downtown Puyallup (see School District Boundary Map).

Government

The City of Fife has a council-manager form of government, with an elected seven-member City Council. The City has many operating departments including:

  • Administration
  • Community Development
  • Courts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Parks Recreation and Community Services
  • Police
  • Public Works