Federal Way, a city found in the Seattle metropolitan area, is the 10th biggest city in Washington. According to Census Bureau, in 2010, the population was 89,306, and by 2018, it went up to an estimated total of 97,044 residents. Not only it is the tenth biggest city in the state, but Federal Way also ranks fifth among the largest cities within King County.
Originally, the term “Federal Way” was used as an area name. It was around 1910 when businessmen converged in Seattle because these economic leaders wanted to build a highway that would conveniently connect California and Washington. True enough, the plans to build the said highway started in 1915.
By 1925, the Mexican and Canadian part of the Pacific Highway was given the designation of Federal Highway US-99, and the area within Seattle and Tacoma was merely dirt. So, more federal funds were assigned to develop the eastern portion in 1927 and the western portion in 1930. On October 18, 1928, it was official that the road was granted a name of US-99.
Before the construction of Interstate 5 during the 1960s, the Pacific Highway was the main road that linked Seattle and Tacoma. Then, the directors of the school district 210 named the area “Federal Way” because during this time, the newly constructed highway was next to this school. Since then, that area was called Federal Way. Eventually, when it turned into a city in 1990, the name “Federal Way” got retained.
By 2010, there were around 89,306 people living in Federal Way, and there were roughly 35,444 houses for 22,026 families. At this time, the average income per household was $49,278. One unique characteristic about Federal Way is its diverse racial structure. During the 2013 census estimates, Federal Way reported a prominent Korean American community, and they make up the 5.5% of the 2013 population.
In 2018, the previous data given by the Census Bureau in 2010 has all increased. The population went up to 97,044 residents, and 36,408 houses. Aside from that, the city’s average household income has gone up to $62,086. Moreover, 27.0% of the residents over the age of 25 finished a bachelor’s degree or even a higher educational attainment.
The newspaper is published in the city is called the Federal Way Mirror. The residents get additional news and current events updates from other media outlets that are found in nearby cities like Seattle and Tacoma. In 2008, Federal Way even collaborated with other publishing companies like Arcadia Publishing to come up with Images of America: Federal Way, a detail history of how Federal Way came to be.
As for transportation, the city plans to link Sound Transit light rail of the Federal Way Transit Center to the neighboring area of SeaTac. The final plan of the Federal Way Link Extension project was approved in January 2017, and the construction already started in 2019. By the time this infrastructure project gets done by 2024, expect more exciting things to come for Federal Way.
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