Federal Way, Washington

Federal Way: A city in King County, Washington. It is located in the western part of the county. Federal Way is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Federal Way Community Center and the Federal Way Museum of History.


Federal Way is a city located in the county of King in the U.S. state of Washington. Its population at the 2010 census was 89,306. After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 96,307 inhabitants.

The city was created 34 years ago in 1989.

Federal Way is located in King County, Washington. It was incorporated in 1990 and gets its name from Federal Highway U.S. 99 which runs through the city. Prior to incorporation, Federal Way was referred to as an unincorporated urban area.


As of 2019, Federal Way had a population of 97,044 residents, making it the 8th largest city in Washington state. The population is highly diverse with over 46% being people of color. There are sizable Asian, Hispanic and African American populations.


Major employers in Federal Way include Weyerhaeuser, World Vision and Seattle Children's Hospital. The city also has a bustling retail sector with The Commons at Federal Way mall, surrounding shopping centers and auto dealerships.


Federal Way spans 35 square miles in the Puget Sound lowlands. It is bordered by Kent to the north, Tacoma to the west, and unincorporated King County to the east. The terrain is relatively flat with wetlands, streams and lakes.


Federal Way has a Council-Manager form of government with 7 elected city council members and an appointed city manager. Federal Way's current Mayor is Jim Ferrell who was elected in 2013. The city has its own police and fire departments.


The Federal Way Public School District serves over 22,000 students in the city. Federal Way is also home to Highline College, which has two campuses and enrollment of around 10,000 students annually.

Federal Way locator map
Location of Federal Way on Washington map.

Quick Facts about Federal Way

Population : 96,307 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Washington (United States)
County : King County
Phone Area Codes : 253
Altitude : 1,690 feet / 515, 157 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1990 (34 years ago)
Time Zone : America/Los_Angeles
Local time : 19:37:12 (2nd March 2024)
Postal code : 98003
Population growth : 7.27% (2010-2020)
Federal Way Transit Center Clock Skyline image
Federal Way Transit Center Clock Skyline
Federal Way Transit Center Clock Skyline image


Federal Way is located at 47°19'20"N 122°18'45"W (47.3223200, -122.3126200).

Federal Way map

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The population of Federal Way increased by 7.27% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 89,306 - census
2011 90,664 1.5% estimation process
2012 91,913 1.36% estimation process
2013 92,632 0.78% estimation process
2014 93,421 0.84% estimation process
2015 95,254 1.92% estimation process
2016 97,131 1.93% estimation process
2017 97,274 0.15% estimation process
2018 96,726 -0.57% estimation process
2019 96,289 -0.45% estimation process
2020 96,307 0.02% estimation process

Federal Way zip code is 98003. County name: King, County fips: 53033

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People born in Federal Way (24)

People born in Federal Way, including swimmer, Olympic athlete, world champion, world record-holder Ariana Kukors, Korean-baseball player Hank Conger, soccer player Lamar Neagle, .


  • Kelyn Rowe (American soccer player) he was born in 02/12/1991
  • Sanjaya Malakar (American reality television personality) he was born in 10/09/1989
  • Ciaran O'Brien (American soccer player) he was born in 17/11/1987
  • Shaun Bodiford (Player of American football) he was born in 04/05/1982
  • Aaron Broussard (American politician) he was born in 06/01/1949
  • Bronzell Miller (American football player and actor (1971-2013)) he was born in 12/10/1971
  • Michael McGrady (American actor) he was born in 30/03/1960
  • Matthew McIntosh (American writer) he was born in 01/01/1977
  • Andre Fili (American martial artist) he was born in 25/06/1990
  • Sean Okoli (American soccer player) he was born in 03/02/1993
  • Sam Kim (Singer, guitarist) he was born in 19/02/1998
  • Sean Botkin (American pianist)
  • Dave Larson (American politician) he was born in 01/01/1958
  • Cole Dickerson (basketball player (1991-)) he was born in 19/10/1991
  • Aaron Broussard (basketball player) he was born in 14/04/1990
  • Aaron Tran (American speed skater) he was born in 24/07/1996
  • Jeff Brigham (baseball player) he was born in 16/02/1992
  • Jaden McDaniels (American basketball player) he was born in 29/09/2000

Schools in Federal Way

College & universities near Federal Way, WA

Code Name City ZIP
479053 Cortiva Institute-Seattle Federal Way (WA) 98003-5475
407708 Gene Juarez Academy Federal Way (WA) 98003
235431 Highline College Des Moines (WA) 98198-9800
235343 Green River College Auburn (WA) 98092-3622
377546 Northwest College of Art & Design Tacoma (WA) 98402

Stations (14)

Amtrak & bus stations near Federal Way, WA

Code Name Address Type
TAC Tacoma Dome Station 1001 Puyallup Avenue RAIL
TUK Tukwila station 7301 South 158th St. RAIL
SEA King Street Station 303 South Jackson Street RAIL
SVF Seattle (Ferry - Pier 69), Washington 2701 Alaskan Way OTHER
OLW Centennial Station 6600 Yelm Highway S.E. RAIL

Post offices near Federal Way

Post Office Name City ZIP
Federal Way Post Office Federal Way (WA) 98003
Twin Lakes Auburn Post Office Federal Way (WA) 98023
Auburn Post Office Auburn (WA) 98002
Milton Post Office Milton (WA) 98354
Fife Carrier Annex Post Office Fife (WA) 98424

Other cities in King County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in King County , WA. (more)

City Name Population Title
Seattle 769,714 The eighteenth most populous city in the United States and the center of the Seattle metropolitan area.
Bellevue 148,073 The most populous city in Washington.
Kent 130,676 The fourth most populous city in King County, Washington.
Renton 101,494 The second most populous city in King County, Washington.
Kirkland 95,431 A city in King County, Washington.
Auburn 81,024 The second most populous city in Pierce County, Washington.
Redmond 72,507 The second most populous city in King County, Washington.
Sammamish 65,960 Town
Shoreline 58,197 Town in Washington
Burien 51,268 Town in Washington, United States
Bothell 47,524 A city in King County, Washington.
Issaquah 39,681 A city in King County, Washington.
West Lake Sammamish 33,929 Census designated place
Des Moines 32,389 City in Washington
SeaTac 28,904 Airport in SeaTac, Washington, USA
Maple Valley 27,544 City in King County, Washington, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Federal Way distances to largest Washington cities