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Edgewood, Washington
Location of Edgewood, Washington
Location of Edgewood, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Pierce
 • Total 8.42 sq mi (21.81 km2)
 • Land 8.41 sq mi (21.78 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 354 ft (108 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 9,387
 • Estimate (2015) 9,826
 • Density 1,116.2/sq mi (431.0/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 98371, 98372, 98390
Area code(s) 253
FIPS code 53-20645
GNIS feature ID 1512179

Edgewood is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 9,387 at the 2010 census. Neighboring towns include Milton to the northwest, Federal Way to the north, and Puyallup to the south.


The history of Edgewood can be traced to the Puyallup Indian tribe that lived along the Puyallup River. Dr. William Tolmie, a Scotsman working for the Hudson's Bay Company, passed through Edgewood in 1833 soon after becoming Chief Trader at Fort Nisqually. Tolmie had arrived at Fort Vancouver by ship from Britain in May 1833. Trappers with Native American wives had moved to the area in the 1830s and settlers in the 1850s.

Washington's first telegraph line paralleled Military Road that ran through the heart of Edgewood. Approximately 420 Americans (apart from Indians) resided in what is now Pierce County in 1858. By 1862, 681 non-Native Americans were reported to be residents of Pierce County. Evidence indicates that the first building on the North Hill (Surprise Lake) was a one-room log building formed as School District 27 in 1891. One of the first known residents in Edgewood was Peter Nyholm in 1895.

The first official run of the interurban line from Tacoma to Seattle, by the way of the valley, was in October 1902. The State Spiritualists, who had six churches in Western Washington, had a summer camp at Edgewood that was purchased in 1903. Construction of a campground hotel began in 1927, and before completion a fire destroyed it in 1948.[1]

Edgewood was officially incorporated on February 28, 1996.


The Edgewood and Milton areas are also known informally as North Hill. This contrasts with the South Hill area on the opposite side of the Puyallup River valley.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.42 square miles (21.81 km2), of which, 8.41 square miles (21.78 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 8,677
2000 9,089 4.7%
2010 9,387 3.3%
Est. 2015 9,826 4.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,387 people, 3,609 households, and 2,697 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,116.2 inhabitants per square mile (431.0/km2). There were 3,801 housing units at an average density of 452.0 per square mile (174.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.4% White, 1.0% African American, 0.9% Native American, 2.5% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 1.4% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.4% of the population.

There were 3,609 households of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.3% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the city was 44.3 years. 21.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 34.9% were from 45 to 64; and 14% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.9% male and 50.1% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,089 people, 3,421 households, and 2,637 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,067.6 people per square mile (412.4/km²). There were 3,562 housing units at an average density of 418.4 per square mile (161.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.75% White, 0.62% African American, 0.91% Native American, 2.24% Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.37% of the population.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 101.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $56,658, and the median income for a family was $74,518. The per capita income for the city was $24,797. About 3.5% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line.

Nyholm Windmill

The Nyholm Windmill is a windmill located at 2284 Meridian Ave E in Edgewood. It is the only recognized landmark in Edgewood. Originally the site where the windmill now resides was a farm that produced hay, vegetables, fruit and dairy products. It was moved from its previous location at Jovita Blvd and Meridian (SR-161), in the 1970s, with major efforts of volunteers from the Edgewood Volunteer Fire Department. It has also been adopted as the formal symbol of Edgewood.

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