More than you Imagined

Auburn is located along the South King and North Pierce county line. It is 15 miles from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the Port of Tacoma, while being 20 miles from the Port of Seattle, the closest deep water port to the Far East and Alaska.

Since its incorporation in 1891, Auburn has become one of the fastest growing areas in the Puget Sound region and is the home to over 73,000 residents. With a total land area of 29.8 square miles, Auburn is the center of the largest industrial complex in the Northwest. The city sits in the middle of the Interstate-5 north-south corridor and Highway 167 east-west routes. Auburn has one of the more elaborate transportation systems in the county. With a combination of rail and highway transportation, there is ready access to the county’s regional and international markets. There are numerous commuter trains coming to and from Auburn on a daily basis which carry riders from Tacoma through Auburn to Seattle and vise-versa. In addition, the bus routes are synchronized with train arrivals, which make the rail system a very convenient mode of transportation for those who live or work in Auburn.

It could be said that Auburn’s train station is an anchor for its local businesses and new development. Whether the focus is manufacturing, service, entertainment, or green technology, Auburn’s ability to draw talent from Seattle or Tacoma via the rail makes growing a business and new development in Auburn achievable and sustainable. Most recently, mixed-used developments are consuming entire blocks with the transit center being the catalyst for urban lifestyles. Capitalized developers are energizing the downtown core with market rate apartments above 12,000 square feet of retail. A second group of Seattle developers will follow with two city blocks of residential over retail projects that will increase the downtown density of the transit station area.

However, none of this could have happened without the vision of the City and its people to invest in infrastructure.  Starting in 2010, the City of Auburn aggressively pursued over $10 million in federal and state funds to complete the foundation for downtown. This funding made possible the upgrades to utilities, fiber conduits, underground power and modern aesthetics above ground. The goal was to create a 21st century infrastructure that would support 21st century innovation

Major Employers

Auburn Demographics

Total Population

Total Population

(Source: Office of Financial Management, April 2016)

Median Household income

Median Household Income

(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates)

Single Family Households

Single Family Households

(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2008-2012 American Community Survey)

Multi Family Households

Multi Family Households

(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2008-2012 American Community Survey)

For More Information

Doug Lein
25 West Main St
Auburn, WA 98001