Sumner, WA

Sumner is a city in northern Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 9,451 at the 2010 census.[3] Nearby cities include Puyallup to the west, Auburn to the north, and Enumclaw to the east.


Sumner was platted in 1883 by George H. Ryan, and was named for the 19th century U.S. Senator Charles Sumner.[4]


Sumner is located at 47°12′21″N 122°14′9″W (47.205823, -122.235803).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.7 square miles (17.4 km²), of which, 6.7 square miles (17.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.45%) is water.

After Orting, Sumner along with Puyallup, are geographically next in line to be hit by lahars whenever Mount Rainier erupts in the future. This is depicted in the Modern Marvels episode titled “Most Dangerous”, which shows a simulation of a lahar flooding the Orting and Puyallup Valleys from an eruption.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 580
1900 531 −8.4%
1910 892 68.0%
1920 1,499 68.0%
1930 1,967 31.2%
1940 2,140 8.8%
1950 2,816 31.6%
1960 3,156 12.1%
1970 4,325 37.0%
1980 4,936 14.1%
1990 6,281 27.2%
2000 8,504 35.4%
2010 9,451 11.1%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,504 people, 3,517 households, and 2,215 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,271.0 people per square mile (490.8/km²). There were 3,689 housing units at an average density of 551.4 per square mile (212.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.32% White, 0.93% African American, 1.41% Native American, 1.66% Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 2.42% from other races, and 3.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.97% of the population.

There were 3,517 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the age distribution of the population shows 26.5% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,598, and the median income for a family was $42,602. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $29,221 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,696. About 4.5% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

Cultural attractions

Sumner hosts part of the annual four-part Daffodil Parade, which takes place every April in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting.

External links

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Municipalities and communities of Pierce County, Washington, United States
County seatTacoma
Indian reservations
Ghost towns

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

Source: Wikipedia

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