Federal Way, Washington

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Federal Way, Washington
City
Federal Way Transit Center clock, in the shape of a cut log, with The Commons At Federal Way mall and other City Center Core retail development in the background.

Federal Way Transit Center clock, in the shape of a cut log, with The Commons At Federal Way mall and other City Center Core retail development in the background.
Flag of Federal Way, Washington
Flag
Motto: It’s all within reach
Location in Washington
Location in Washington
Coordinates: 47°19′N 122°21′WCoordinates: 47°19′N 122°21′W
Country United States
State Washington
County King
Incorporated 1990
Government
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Mayor Jim Ferrell
 • Deputy mayor Jeanne Burbidge
Area[1]
 • Total 22.46 sq mi (58.17 km2)
 • Land 22.26 sq mi (57.65 km2)
 • Water 0.20 sq mi (0.52 km2)
Elevation 515 ft (157 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 89,306
 • Estimate (2013[3]) 92,734
 • Density 4,011.9/sq mi (1,549.0/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC−8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
ZIP code 980[01]/[03]/[23]/[63]/[93]
Area code(s) 253
FIPS code 53-23515
GNIS feature ID 1534582[4]
Website cityoffederalway.com

Federal Way is a city in King County, Washington, United States. Federal Way is located between Seattle and Tacoma. Its northwestern boundary is Puget Sound. It is bordered by Des Moines and Kent on the north,Auburn as well as Lakeland North and Lakeland South in unincorporated King County on the east, Milton on the south, and Tacoma as well as Fife Heights and Dash Point in unincorporated Pierce County on the southwest. The population was 89,306 at the 2010 Census.[5] Federal Way is currently the 10th largest city in Washington State and the 5th largest in King County, according to the Census Bureau’s 2013 population estimate.[3]

History

Originally a logging settlement, the area was first called “Federal Way” in 1929, when Federal Way School District #210 was created.[6] The name derived from Federal Highway U.S. 99 (now State Route 99 or Pacific Highway South), which ran from Everett and Seattle to Tacoma.[6] Federal Way High School opened in 1930, and the local Chamber of Commerce adopted the name in the early 1950s.[7] The city was incorporated on February 28, 1990.[7]