Fircrest, Washington

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Fircrest, Washington
City
Location of Fircrest, Washington
Location of Fircrest, Washington
Coordinates: 47°13′54″N 122°30′51″W / 47.23167°N 122.51417°W / 47.23167; -122.51417Coordinates: 47°13′54″N 122°30′51″W / 47.23167°N 122.51417°W / 47.23167; -122.51417
Country United States
State Washington
County Pierce
Area[1]
 • Total 1.58 sq mi (4.09 km2)
 • Land 1.58 sq mi (4.09 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 276 ft (84 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 6,497
 • Estimate (2015)[3] 6,687
 • Density 4,112.0/sq mi (1,587.7/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 98466
Area code(s) 253
FIPS code 53-23970
GNIS feature ID 1512209[4]
Website www.cityoffircrest.net

Fircrest is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 6,497 at the 2010 census.

Based on per capita income, one of the more reliable measures of affluence, Fircrest ranks 60th of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.

Fircest was the last "dry" municipality in Washington State, prohibiting the sale of alcohol by the glass. Voters chose to allow the sale of alcohol in Fircrest in the 3 November 2015 election.[5]

History[edit]

Fircrest was officially incorporated on September 19, 1925. Like its neighbor University Place, it is a middle-class suburb of Tacoma. The community was developed by Edward Bowes, who later gained fame as the host of the Major Bowes Amateur Hour radio talent show. The town attempted to associate itself with academia by naming a number of its streets after universities (e.g. Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, Vassar, Stanford) and was originally known as Regents Park in a reference to the regents of a university.[6]

Geography[edit]

Fircrest is located at 47°13′54″N 122°30′51″W / 47.23167°N 122.51417°W / 47.23167; -122.51417 (47.231720, -122.514304).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.58 square miles (4.09 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 441
1940 486 10.2%
1950 1,459 200.2%
1960 3,565 144.3%
1970 5,651 58.5%
1980 5,477 −3.1%
1990 5,258 −4.0%
2000 5,868 11.6%
2010 6,497 10.7%
Est. 2016 6,780 [8] 4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
2015 Estimate[3]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 6,497 people, 2,705 households, and 1,773 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,112.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,587.7/km2). There were 2,847 housing units at an average density of 1,801.9 per square mile (695.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.9% White, 7.0% African American, 0.7% Native American, 5.1% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 7.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.6% of the population.

There were 2,705 households of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.5% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the city was 41.2 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 17.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.1% male and 53.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,868 people, 2,505 households, and 1,673 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,759.4 people per square mile (1,452.3/km²). There were 2,573 housing units at an average density of 1,648.4 per square mile (636.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.46% White, 5.20% African American, 0.56% Native American, 2.69% Asian, 0.51% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 3.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.69% of the population.

There are 2,505 households out of which 28.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $54,912, and the median income for a family was $61,611. Males had a median income of $46,611 versus $32,232 for females. The per capita income for the city was $27,244. 5.9% of the population and 4.6% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 10.2% of those under the age of 18 and 2.7% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on October 19, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Fircrest voters ending liquor-sale ban". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2015-12-18. 
  6. ^ "Fircrest, last dry town left in state, is voting on booze". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2013.