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


The City of Fife sits on Indigenous land - the traditional homelands of the Puyallup People - in the shadow of Mount Rainier. Fife is located 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 5.7 square miles and holds an estimated population of 10,985 (per the July 1, 2021 U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts).

See the Google web map of the City of Fife.


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


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 upcoming expansion of SR-167 connecting to I-5, there will be an increasing demand for vacant and redevelopable land within the city limits.


In addition to all the commercial growth, Fife’s residential growth has led to a current population of over 10,985. The balance of single-family and multi-family developments help Fife maintain a quiet neighborhood feel.


Please refer to the U.S Census Bureau for the most recent demographics in our area.


Median Housing Value$337,200
Median Gross Rent$1,562

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 to 2021

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)
  • Washington State Fair (9 miles)

Major Employers 

  • Amazon
  • American Fast Freight
  • Brown & Haley
  • Cardinal Health
  • City of Fife        
  • Costco Business Center     
  • Emerald Queen Casino
  • FedEx     
  • Milgard Windows & Doors (corporate)
  • Mission Foods
  • Murrey’s Disposal
  • United Parcel Services
  • US Foods, Inc.
  • SportCo


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).


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:

  • Community Development
  • Municipal Court
  • Executive
  • Legal
  • Finance
  • Parks, Recreation and Aquatics
  • Police
  • Public Works