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Demographics & Vital Statistics

POPULATION Yr 2000 Yr 2010
Total Population 40,314 70,180
Persons >18< 26,486 51,998
White 33,380 45,954
Hispanic 3,024 9,032
Black 967 3,338
Asian 1,411 6,178
American Indian 1,008 1,413
Other 2,056 4,265
HOMES Yr 2000 Yr 2010
Housing Units 16,767 27,834
Median Home Value $153,400 $246,579
Owner-occupied homes 54.10% 56.40%
Renter-occupied homes 44.10% 43.60%
Vacant Housing units 3.83% 6.42%
Cost of Living Index is 111% of National Average
EMPLOYMENT Yr 2000 Yr 2010
No. of Employees 38,742 39,061
Median Household Income $39,208 $54,616
Unemployment (Percentage) 6.10% 9.80%
Poverty Level (Percentage) 12.80% 12.80%
BUSINESS Yr. 2000 Yr 2010
Total Retail Business ($1,000) 2002 $1,252,712
Total Wholesale Business ($1,000) 2002 $3,579,013
Auburn is home to approximately 4000 businesses. Based on 2007/08 Auburn has the fastest growing retail market in Washington State, with growth of 51.6% compared to a statewide growth of 6.1%. Major employers: Auburn New Car Franchise Dealerships, Auburn Regional Medical Center, Auburn School District, Boeing, Certainteed Corporation, Emerald Downs Race Track, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Express, General Services Administration, Green River Community College, Mohawk Plastics, Muckleshoot Casino Enterprises, NorPlex, Inc., Parametrix, Oak Harbor Freight, Safeway Distribution Center, The Outlet Collection, United Parcel Service, Zones
EDUCATION Yr 2000 Yr 2010
Costs Per Student $7,560 Information not yet available
No. of Students per Teacher 20.4 Information not yet available
High School Graduates (Age 25 older) 8,172 Information not yet available
Bachelors Degree or Higher (Age 25 older) 3,997 Information not yet available
TAXES Yr 2000 Yr 2010
Property tax (per thousand) $3 $1.82
Water/Sewer/Storm & Solid Waste 6.00% 7.00%
Electric Utility Tax 7.00% 6.00%
Natural Gas 4.50% 6.00%
Telephone 4.50% 6.00%
Sales 4.50% 8.60%
Cable TV Franchise Fee 5.00% 5.00%
Cable Utility Tax 1.00% 1.00%
LOCAL CONNECTORS
State Route 167 28 mi. (North-South) Connects I-5 to I-405
State Route 18 28 mi. (East-West) Connects SR99 with I-90
Railways Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Union Pacific (UP)
Municipal Airport (General Aviation) Dick Scobee Field Self service fuel seven days a week, 24 hours a day; the Auburn Airport is also known as Dick Scobee Field. Francis R. (Dick) Scobee was a NASA astronaut who was originally from Auburn. Holds an FAA rating as an ARC:B-I facility
Commuter Train Sound Transit Commuter Rail Station Served by Sounder commuter rail and bus service from Sound Transit and King County Metro.
Inter-Urban Trail 14 mile bike/walk trail Links Tukwila, Kent, Auburn, Algona, and Pacific
MAJOR CONNECTIONS
Interstate 5 3.0 miles Main North-South Interstate Highway on the west coast
Interstate 90 30.0 miles Longest East-West Interstate Highway in the US from Seattle-Boston
Sea-Tac International Airport 15.0 miles Sea-Tac Airport is the gateway not only to the Northwest, but to spectacular destinations throughout the United States and the world.
Port of Tacoma 15.0 miles

The Port of Tacoma is among the top 10 container ports in North America, as well as a major center for bulk, breakbulk and project and heavy-lift cargoes, and automobiles and medium-duty trucks.

Port of Seattle 20.0 miles The Port of Seattle plays a key role in bringing international trade, transportation and travel to the Pacific Northwest.
Downtown Seattle 25.0 miles Seattle is a vibrant, sophisticated metropolis surrounded by pristine natural beauty and abundant recreation.
Downtown Tacoma 20.0 miles

Tacoma has historic architecture melded with urban design. Filled with premium hotel rooms, impressive dining, shopping, day spas and cultural activities.

GEOGRAPHY Yr 2000 Yr 2010
Land Area (square miles) 21 29.62
Persons Per Square Mile 1,920 2,369
Located within two Washington Counties - King County (primary) & Pierce County; In the heart of Green River Valley. Auburn enjoys both the Green River and White Rivers for recreation within its City limits.
WEATHER 1971-2000* 2010*
January average temperature 40.9 F 47 F
July average temperature 65.3 F 64.5 F
Sunny/Non-rainy days, year, average 58/151 40/161
Precipitation inches/year, average 37.07 in. 46.99 in.
Snowfall (inches/year) 2.5 in. >1 in.
*Data from the National Weather Services Seattle NOWData