Browns Point, Washington

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Browns Point
Browns Point is located in Washington (state)
Browns Point
Browns Point
Location within the state of Washington
Coordinates: 47°18′21″N 122°26′38″W / 47.30583°N 122.44389°W / 47.30583; -122.44389Coordinates: 47°18′21″N 122°26′38″W / 47.30583°N 122.44389°W / 47.30583; -122.44389
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.403 sq mi (1.04 km2)
 • Land0.403 sq mi (1.04 km2)
 • Water0.000 sq mi (0.00 km2)
118 ft (36 m)
 • Total1,198
 • Density3,000/sq mi (1,100/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)253

Browns Point is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pierce County, Washington, United States, bordered by Tacoma on the east and Puget Sound on all other sides. The population was 1,198 at the 2010 census. The Tacoma neighborhood immediately adjacent to Browns Point is also referred to locally as "Browns Point" (although it is also often referred to as Northeast Tacoma).


Browns Point is located at 47°18′21″N 122°26′38″W / 47.30583°N 122.44389°W / 47.30583; -122.44389 (47.305833, -122.443889).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.403 square miles (1.04 km2), all land.


Originally named Point Harris, after Alvin Harris, a sailmaker on the Wilkes Expedition, Browns Point was later renamed by residents for an early landowner.


Browns Point is home to the Browns Point Lighthouse, which, although now fully automated, was once fully manned and was first lit on December 12, 1887.[2]

The community is supported by the local Browns Point Improvement Club, which owns much of the land adjacent to the lighthouse. The club is best known in the Pacific Northwest for its fundraiser, the Browns Point Salmon Bake. Started in the 1940s by Browns Point pioneer and Puyallup tribal member Jerry Meeker, the festival is held in the first weekend of August in even-numbered years.


The area is served by Tacoma Public Schools, a public school district.[3] It is zoned to Browns Point Elementary School, Meeker Middle School, and Stadium High School.[4]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2014". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
  2. ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 81. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6.
  3. ^ U.S. Census Bureau Geography Division (December 23, 2009). 2020 Census – School District Reference Map: Pierce County, WA (PDF) (Map). 1:80,000. U.S. Census Bureau. p. 2. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  4. ^ "School Boundaries". Tacoma Public Schools. Retrieved 2022-08-04.

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