From 17 school districts, to world-class healthcare and Joint Base
Lewis-McChord, this is a livable Pierce County. Learn more about why
we call this part of the PNW home.
Looking to start a business or find public documents? Learn more about
what it means to work in Pierce County and find out what you need to
take care of business.
Take a walk downtown and visit some of our amazing museums, or see the
polar bears at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Find out what your next
adventure will be.
On December 22, 1852, the Territorial Legislature of Oregon determined
that Thurston County, which stretched from Olympia to the Canadian
border and from the Cascades to the Pacific Ocean, was far too large. In
response, the legislature portioned out of it King, Jefferson and
Pierce County. The legislature also passed laws appointing the first
county officers and located the county seat at Steilacoom, which was
chosen largely because it was the only town in Washington with its own