Pierce County, Washington
Pierce County is a county in the U. S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 795,225, making it the second-most populous county in Washington behind King County; the county seat and largest city is Tacoma. Formed out of Thurston County on December 22, 1852, by the legislature of Oregon Territory, it was named for U. S. President Franklin Pierce. Pierce County is in the Seattle metropolitan area. Pierce County is notable for being home to Mount Rainier, the tallest mountain and a volcano in the Cascade Range, its most recent recorded eruption was between 1820 and 1854. There is no imminent risk of eruption. If this should happen, parts of Pierce County and the Puyallup Valley would be at risk from lahars, lava, or pyroclastic flows; the Mount Rainier Volcano Lahar Warning System was established in 1998 to assist in the evacuation of the Puyallup River valley in case of eruption. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,806 square miles, of which 1,670 square miles is land and 137 square miles is water.
The highest natural point in Washington, Mount Rainier at 14,410 feet, is located in Pierce County. Pierce County contains the Clearwater Wilderness area. King County — north Yakima County — east Lewis County — south Thurston County — west/southwest Mason County — west/northwest Kitsap County — north/northwest Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Mount Rainier National Park Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge As of the census of 2000, there were 700,820 people, 260,800 households, 180,212 families residing in the county; the population density was 417 people per square mile. There were 277,060 housing units at an average density of 165 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 78.39% White, 6.95% Black or African American, 1.42% Native American, 5.08% Asian, 0.85% Pacific Islander, 2.20% from other races, 5.11% from two or more races. 5.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.1% were of German, 8.6% Irish, 8.2% English, 6.3% American, 6.2% Norwegian ancestry.
There were 260,800 households out of which 35.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.80% were married couples living together, 11.80% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.90% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.60% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.10. In the county, the population was spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 31.30% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, 10.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.70 males. The median income for a household in the county was $45,204, the median income for a family was $52,098. Males had a median income of $38,510 versus $28,580 for females; the per capita income for the county was $20,948. About 7.50% of families and 10.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.20% of those under age 18 and 7.20% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 795,225 people, 299,918 households, 202,174 families residing in the county. The population density was 476.3 inhabitants per square mile. There were 325,375 housing units at an average density of 194.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 74.2% white, 6.8% black or African American, 6.0% Asian, 1.4% American Indian, 1.3% Pacific islander, 3.5% from other races, 6.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 9.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 20.5% were German, 13.1% were Irish, 10.7% were English, 6.3% were Norwegian, 4.2% were American. Of the 299,918 households, 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.6% were non-families, 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.09. The median age was 35.9 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $57,869 and the median income for a family was $68,462. Males had a median income of $50,084 versus $38,696 for females; the per capita income for the county was $27,446. About 8.1% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over. Pierce County is governed by a Charter; this is allowed by section 4 of Article XI of the Washington constitution. The Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, heads the county's executive branch; the Assessor-Treasurer Mike Lonergan, auditor Julie Anderson, Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist, Sheriff Paul A. Pastor are countywide elected executive positions; the Pierce County Council is the elected legislative body for Pierce County and consists of seven members elected by district. The council is vested with all law-making power granted by its charter and by the State of Washington, sets county policy through the adoption of ordinances and resolutions, approves the annual budget and directs the use of county funds.
The seven members of the County Council are elected from each of seven contiguous and populated districts, with each councilmember representing 114,000 county residents. Each county councilmember is elected to serve a four-year term. Dave Morell, District 1 Pam Roach, District 2 Jim McCune, District 3 Connie Lade
King County Library System
The King County Library System is a library system serving the residents of King County, United States. Headquartered in Issaquah, Washington, KCLS is the busiest library in the United States, circulating 22.4 million items in 2010. It consists of 50 libraries, a Traveling Library Center, a mobile TechLab, the ABC Express children’s library van. KCLS offers a collection of more than 4.1 million items, including books, newspapers and videotapes, films, CDs, DVDs and extensive online resources. All KCLS libraries offer free Wi-Fi connections. People can hold up to 50 items; the library system began in 1942 when voters in King County established the King County Rural Library District in order to provide library services to people in "rural" areas with no easy access to city libraries. Funding for the library system was provided from the property tax bases of unincorporated areas, from contracts with cities and towns for the provision of library services. Funding measures for the system passed in 1966, 1977, 1980, 1988, 2002, 2004, 2010.
Property taxes account for 94% of revenue today. The KCLS budget for 2017 was $120 million; the name of the organization was changed from the King County Rural Library District to the present-day King County Library System in 1978, although the old words "Rural Library District" is still part of the organization's legal name. KCLS extends access privileges to residents of its service area, which includes all unincorporated areas of King County as well as residents of every city in the county except Hunts Point, Yarrow Point. Residents of Seattle – which maintains its own library system – are allowed access to KCLS collections under reciprocal borrowing agreements between KCLS and Seattle's libraries. KCLS extends reciprocal borrowing privileges to residents of many other library systems in Western and North Central Washington; the cities of Hunts Point and Yarrow Point do not have library service at all. Under a $172 million capital bond passed in 2004, the King County Library system is rebuilding and expanding most of its existing libraries, as well as building new libraries.
KCLS has annexed the city of Renton's public library system, the result of a vote by the city's residents in February 2010. This library system includes a 22,500-square-foot library branch built over the Cedar River. In 2011, KCLS won the Gale/Library Journal "Library of the Year" award. KCLS consists of 50 branches, Traveling Library Center, ABC Express Vans, mobile TechLab, a service center located in Issaquah that houses the library's administrative offices. A program to build 17 new libraries and renovate or expand 26 other libraries was completed in 2019 with the opening of the Panther Lake Library in Kent. Official website
Carbonado is a town in Pierce County, United States. Carbonado is located near the Carbon River in northern Pierce County 50 miles southeast of Seattle. Carbonado is the last town before entering Mount Rainier National Park and is a popular spot for jeeping. Carbonado served as an important coal mining community in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when the town operated the largest coal mine in Pierce County; the population was 610 at the 2010 census. Carbonado was one of quite a few towns in the Carbon River valley to be settled during an economic boom in the region; the boom was brought on by raw material demands in nearby growing towns such as Tacoma. Starting with the town of Burnett and moving on through Wilkeson, Montezuma and Manley Moore, these settlements sprawled up the valley to the boundary of Mount Rainier National Park. Most of these towns were company towns, meaning that they specialized in the harvest of raw materials owned the plot of land that the town was situated on and that the resources were harvested from.
Often—and such was the case of Carbonado—the company owned the houses and the energy resources as well. The energy resource in Carbonado was the raw material that the citizens of the company town were harvesting, coal. During the time of the initial boom in the valley Carbonado grew to rival the size of Tacoma at the time; the railroad, integral to the transportation of people, of the raw materials harvested and the supplies need by the towns, stretched all the way up the valley too. Not only did it service the towns but several homesteads farther up the valley; these homesteads were settled predominantly by Polish immigrants. They supplied the towns down the valley with fresh milk and eggs. Two survive to present day, one known as Carbon River Ranch and the other known as Huckle-Chuck. At Huckle-Chuck the original homesteaders house and one of their barns are still used and functional. At the peak of the boom both of these homesteads and the towns which they supplied were quite productive and lively.
However, the boom did not last as the economy took a downturn and with it came the end of the need for the lower grade coal being mined at Carbonado and the timber being harvested for use in the settlements further up the valley. Since the decline of the mining era, Carbonado has experienced extreme shrinking and small booms ending with a steady population. All of the current residents work elsewhere and what was once an economic center for the valley is now a residential community; the railroad pulled out and destroyed its towns quite recently. The Rails to Trails project has most of the actual rail line land in its possession; the time that Carbonado did spend as a coal mining town is forever kept by the cemetery, abandoned mines, a grown-over coal slag pile, a school, the company houses left behind. The cemetery holds the memories of older and more recent dead with many of the graveholders family still living nearby. Huge concrete monoliths that once held that cables for the mining carts, point straight towards the old mine shafts and openings and stand overgrown and utilized now only by the town's children.
One hill in town now has been carpeted by ivy and trees. The school makes up what is known as the Carbonado Historical School District and grades K-8th still attend there. Many of the houses that the company built and owned still line main street, they look similar to each other as was the style of the company builders at the time. And though many of the miners abandoned the town, in some of those houses still live the direct descendants of the original miners. Carbonado was incorporated on September 13, 1948. Carbonado is located at 47°04′47″N 122°03′05″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.42 square miles, all of it land. As of the census of 2010, there were 610 people, 208 households, 153 families residing in the town; the population density was 1,452.4 inhabitants per square mile. There were 218 housing units at an average density of 519.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 93.1% White, 0.7% African American, 1.0% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.5% from other races, 2.5% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.8% of the population. There were 208 households of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 9.1% had a male householder with no wife present, 26.4% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.37. The median age in the town was 34.9 years. 43.2% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the town was 52.5% male and 47.5% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 621 people, 200 households, 158 families residing in the town; the population density was 1,527.9 people per square mile. There were 210 housing units at an average density of 516.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 96.46% White, 0.48% Native American, 0.64% from other races, 2.42% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.93% of the population. There were 200 households out of which 48.0% have children under the age of 18 living
Timberland Regional Library
Timberland Regional Library is a public library system serving the residents of western Washington state, United States including Grays Harbor, Mason and Thurston counties. Timberland Regional Library has 27 community libraries, 2 cooperative library centers, 3 library kiosks, it was founded in 1968, following a four-year demonstration project, is funded through property taxes and timber taxes. A two-year demonstration library system, the Timberland Library Demonstration, was established in 1964 to serve Grays Harbor, Mason and Thurston counties, using $310,000 in funds from the federal Library Services and Construction Act and local sources; each of the counties had cities with independent library systems and several rural library districts, including the Grays Harbor County Rural Library District and South Puget Sound Regional Library, who chose to either join or opt out of the demonstration project. The Timberland Library Demonstration relied on the Washington State Library to process its books, which were stored in municipal libraries.
The system debuted its bookmobile in September 1964, based in Centralia and traveling on ten routes between rural areas in all five counties. The formation of a permanent library district would require a public vote, pushed back from 1966 to 1968, waiting for a more favorable general election; the South Puget Sound Regional Library, which comprised Mason and Thurston counties, threatened to leave the demonstration in 1966 over the effectiveness of the program for their counties. After months of negotiation, the two counties reversed their decision, allowing the demonstration project to continue for another two years. On November 5, 1968, residents of unincorporated areas in the five counties approved the establishment of an intercounty rural library district, with four counties having large margins in favor of the library; the Timberland Regional Library became the state's third intercounty district, following the North Central Regional Library in northeastern Washington and the Sno-Isle Regional Library in the northern Puget Sound area.
The new library formed its board the following month and opened its headquarters at the 1914 Carnegie library in Olympia. On February 3, 2009 53% of voters within TRL's five-county district turned down "Levy Lid Lift Proposition 1" in a special election; this proposition would have lifted the 34.5-cent cap on TRL's property tax levy rate. As a result, the Library Board determined that 2.5 million dollars would need to be cut from TRL's 2010 budget. The Timberland Regional Library system has 27 community libraries and four kiosks serving most cities in its five-county area; the cities of Mossyrock, Ocean Shores, PeEll, Vader are not part of the library's district. TRL offers access to information services via online reference databases, library catalog, toll-free telephone 6 days a week as well as many other resources 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Ebooks and digital audiobooks, provided by the digital distributor OverDrive, can be downloaded from the library's website. TRL participates in reciprocal borrowing agreements with the following public library systems in Washington State.
Under this program, TRL cardholders can obtain free accounts at these library systems, vice versa. Fort Vancouver Regional Library District King County Library System Kitsap Regional Library Longview Public Library North Central Regional Library North Olympic Library System Pierce County Library Seattle Public Library Sno-Isle Regional Library System Whatcom County Library System Timberland Regional Library
Longmire, encompassed by the Longmire Historic District, is a visitor services center in Washington State's Mount Rainier National Park, located 6.5 miles east of the Nisqually Entrance. The area is in the Nisqually River valley at an elevation of 2,761 feet between The Ramparts Ridge and the Tatoosh Range. Longmire is surrounded by western red cedar and western hemlock; the Longmire Historic District comprises the former headquarters district of the park and its chief developed area. The district includes 58 contributing buildings and structures, including four structures individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is home to the largest concentration of National Park Service Rustic–style structures in the park, one of the most notable groups of such structures in any U. S. national park. The district lies on either side of the Paradise-Nisqually Road, with the Longmire Meadows area on the north side and the park concession and administration facilities on the south side of the road.
Individually listed structures on the National Register include the Longmire Buildings, a National Historic Landmark comprising the park's former headquarters, the Longmire Cabin, three comfort stations, L-302, L-303 and L-304. The district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 13, 1991. Longmire is the location of Mount Rainier's National Park Inn, the Longmire Museum; these buildings are constructed in rustic style. The National Park Inn is the only accommodation in the park open all year round; the Longmire Historic District is in turn part of the Mount Rainier National Historic Landmark District, which encompasses the entire park and which recognizes the park's inventory of Park Service-designed rustic architecture. Longmire is the second most popular destination for visitors to Mount Rainier National Park after Paradise. Of the more than 1.3 million people who visited the park in 2000, 38% visited Longmire. The Cougar Rock Campground is about 2 miles north east of Longmire.
Longmire is one of the starting points of the Wonderland Trail. In 1883 James Longmire built a trail from Succotash Valley in Ashford 13 miles to the hot springs where he built cabins in the area which now bears his name. John Muir described staying there on the way to his ascent of Mount Rainier in 1888; the oldest surviving structure in the National Park is a cabin built by Longmire's son Elcaine Longmire at the springs in 1888. It is located north of the road in the area now called Longmire Meadows. From 1899 to 1904 500 people a year visited Longmire Springs in the summer months, they reached the area by train to Ashford and on Longmire's wagon trail. They enjoyed the view of Mount Rainier, they could hike to Paradise or Indian Henry's Hunting Grounds, both about 6 miles from Longmire Springs on trails built by the Longmire family. In 1890, Longmire built a five-room hotel, expanded. By 1906, the Longmire's hotel with assorted tents and cabins totaled 30 rooms. In that year, the Tacoma and Eastern Railroad built the original National Park Inn at Longmire, a three-story building with accommodation for 60 guests.
Having a competitor establish in the Longmire area soured relations between the National Park and the Longmire family. There followed some legal disputes between the Longmires and park officials including the opening of a saloon by Robert Longmire and its subsequent closure by Acting Superintendent Grenville F. Allen who thought it a "public nuisance". Constructed in an early rustic style, a Hiker's Center was built in 1911 by the Tacoma and Eastern Railroad, it is now the Longmire general store. The Longmires wearied of park pressures to improve their facilities, after Elcaine's death in 1915, they leased their property to the newly formed Longmire Springs Hotel Company in 1916; the new operators promptly built an additional hotel structure along with 16 wood-frame cabins. Although the property was cleaned up and improved, operating as "The New Longmire Springs Hotel", it still did not meet the quality level of the National Park Inn across the road. Steven T. Mather, the first director of the National Park Service developed a policy which favored regulated monopolies over competing concessioners in the National Parks.
Over a number of years the National Park Service worked to make the Rainier National Park Company the only concessionaire in the park. This was completed in 1919 when the Rainier National Park Company purchased the Longmire family buildings and a 20-year lease on the Longmire's private inholding for $12,000 in a three-way deal which included J. B. Ternes and E. C. Cornell, owners of the Longmire Springs Hotel Company, they bought the Longmire family property, after the lease expired in 1939. Rainier National Park Company moved the 1916 Longmire Springs Hotel structure next to the National Park Inn in 1920. Smaller than the existing inn, it became known as the National Park Inn Annex. A 2 1⁄2-story building with plain exteriors, it contained seventeen guest rooms; the Rainier National Park Company demolished the original 1890 Longmire Springs Hotel and utility buildings in the area to "improve the appearance" of the area. Once the road to Paradise and the Paradise Inn opened, visitors to the park preferred to stay at Paradise, making the Longmire hotel and annex unprofitable.
The Rainier National Park Company intended to promote the area by advertising the medicinal qualities of the spring water. However, the Bureau of Chemistry's Hygienic Lab in Washington, D. C. concluded that they didn't have any medicinal value. The National Park Service prohibited the Rainier National Park Company from making false claims about the waters; the springs were neve
Eatonville is a town in Pierce County, United States. It is 51 mi south of Seattle; the population was 2,758 at the 2010 census. The town motto is "Better Together" For centuries, Nisqually people roamed the rivers and streams of the Eatonville area. Leschi, one of the main leaders of Nisqually was born in this area in 1808. In 1889, Indian Henry was one of the Nisqually who guided the town's Euro-American founder, Thomas C. Van Eaton, from Mashell Prairie to the present site of Eatonville. Legend has it. Not much snow." Area white settlers and the accompanying Nisqually were in need of goods, which "T. C." provided at his trading post. Supplies were carried by his stage from Spanaway over a rough trail through dense forest. In 1891, the settlers built the town's first school, still in use. For years Eatonville was a waypoint for visitors to Mount Rainier. In 1902, the Tacoma Eastern Railroad arrived, providing freight and passenger service and a vital link to Tacoma. Soon after the railroad's arrival, several small mills sprang up in the vicinity.
In the 1970s, the Wildlife park of Northwest Trek was opened and it remains to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area, other than Mount Rainier itself. Eatonville was incorporated on October 28, 1909, after the Eatonville Lumber Company brought in more people to work in its mill; the mill's closure in 1954 was a blow to the town, but community spirit and good schools have kept Eatonville alive and growing. History found at EatonvilleChamber.com, comes directly from a Pierce County Landmark marker found at the intersection of Mashell Ave and Center St. in Eatonville, Washington. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.84 square miles, of which, 1.82 square miles is land and 0.02 square miles is water. This region experiences warm and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Eatonville has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps; as of the census of 2010, there were 2,758 people, 992 households, 714 families residing in the town.
The population density was 1,515.4 inhabitants per square mile. There were 1,059 housing units at an average density of 581.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 90.1% White, 0.5% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.9% from other races, 4.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.9% of the population. There were 992 households of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, 28.0% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.26. The median age in the town was 34.4 years. 30.4% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the town was 48.1% male and 51.9% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 2,012 people, 748 households, 542 families residing in the town.
The population density was 1,176.4 people per square mile. There were 805 housing units at an average density of 470.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 91.35% White, 0.25% African American, 0.75% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.65% Pacific Islander, 2.24% from other races, 3.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.62% of the population. There were 748 households out of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.5% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.16. In the town, the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.2 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males. The median income for a household in the town was $43,681, the median income for a family was $50,733. Males had a median income of $41,950 versus $25,380 for females; the per capita income for the town was $19,513. About 11.0% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over. Mark Fuhrman, former Los Angeles Police Detective, key figure in the murder trial of O. J. Simpson. Gordon Hultengren, Morning Show Producer for 106.1 KISS FM Official site of the Town of Eatonville Eatonville, Washington at Curlie
Orting is a city in Pierce County, United States. The population as of the 2010 census is 6,746, according to the City of Orting. Orting is a city located 30 miles from Mount Rainier; the first recorded claims for the land in Orting were made in 1854 by William Henry Whitesell, Thomas Headley, Daniel Lane and Daniel Varner. These 4 people all have streets in the city named after them, plus a monument in the Orting City Park commemorating them; the city was incorporated on April 22, 1889. Early growth came as the area developed fields to grow hops and logging industries. Christmas tree and bulb farms became important to the local economy. Orting was a supply town for the coal mining towns of Wilkeson and Carbonado; the first railroad in the city was built in 1877 by the Northern Pacific Railway. It was called "Whitesell's Crossing". Population rose after this railroad was built, as it made transportation in and out of the city much easier. What's left of the railroad is now the Meeker Southern Railroad which runs between Puyallup and McMillin.
On November 7, 2006, there was a flash flood in Orting. At around 8:00 AM on November 7, 2006, the neighborhood Village Green in Orting flooded, it took only about 2 hours for the water to be as high as halfway up some houses. This flood was part of the major Pineapple Express flooding which devastated many parts of Western Washington; the cause of the Orting Flood has been debated. Some people say. Others say, but because of the Pineapple Express, the freezing and snow levels on Mount Rainier rose too fast, the snow started to melt. The Orting School District closed all of Orting's schools for 2 days due to the massive clean up, needed. Both the Carbon River and the Puyallup River were responsible for this flooding, due to the city of Orting being surrounded by these two rivers. Orting is located at 47°5′46″N 122°12′19″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.80 square miles, of which, 2.73 square miles is land and 0.07 square miles is water. As of the census of 2010, there were 6,746 people, 2,184 households, 1,688 families residing in the city.
The population density was 2,471.1 inhabitants per square mile. There were 2,361 housing units at an average density of 864.8 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 87.9% White, 1.5% African American, 1.4% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 2.4% from other races, 5.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.2% of the population. There were 2,184 households of which 48.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, 22.7% were non-families. 16.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.34. The median age in the city was 32.7 years. 30.7% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 50.7% male and 49.3% female. The median income for a household in the city was $53,464, the median income for a family was $55,335.
Males had a median income of $41,486 versus $26,438 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,951. About 4.2% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under the age of 18 and 15.8% of those 65 and older. Orting is nestled between the Puyallup Rivers; the Voights Creek Hatchery is located just outside Orting and plays a large part in the healthy runs of salmon that bring fishermen from far and wide to enjoy the challenge of landing a big salmon. Orting is home to the beautiful historic buildings and park-like grounds that facilitate all levels of care and housing for soldiers; the soldiers cemetery, on the hill just above the Soldiers Home, having an abundance of Historical knowledge. Gravestones for soldiers dating back to service in the Civil War; the Soldiers Home is located on the Orting Kapowsin Hwy and can be reached by leaving Orting on Calistoga and heading toward Graham where it can be found at the base of the hill. Orting is known for its beautiful parks filled with huge shade trees making places for picnics and relaxing right in the center of the historic downtown area.
Visitors will enjoy the Orting Valley Farmer's Market in the North Park, Fridays from 3pm-7pm, during the summer months. A walking tour map is available at the library on the corner of Washington; the map shows the route to the historic murals scattered on buildings throughout the town. Throughout town there are views of Mt. Rainier in the distance; every year, Orting is the final stop in the annual Daffodil Festival Parade. The parade has gone through downtown Orting since 1934, it draws over 10,000 people in early April to the festivities in the downtown Orting Parks and the parade viewing in late afternoon. The parade goes through the cities of Tacoma and Sumner. Orting school band plays; the town sits in a fertile valley between two major rivers, the Carbon and Puyallup Rivers, it is built on several layers of lahar deposits. Based on past lahar flow and the structure of Mount Rainier, Orting has been designated the most at-risk town in the event of