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Elk Plain, Washington - Basic Facts

The Elk Plain Census Designated Place had a population of 15,094 as of July 1, 2020. Elk Plain ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Washington. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Elk Plain is located at latitude 47.0532 and longitude -122.3976 in Pierce County. The formal boundaries for the Elk Plain Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 7.69 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Pierce County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 430 feet.

The Elk Plain Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2408074) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Elk Plain Census Designated Place is located within Graham-Thrift Division of Pierce County.


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Elk Plain, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 15,094 (100%)
Population in Households 15,059 (99.8%)
Population in Families 12,918 (85.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 35 ( 0.2%)
Population Density 1,962
Diversity Index2 54
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $76,600
Average Household Income $92,405
% of Income for Mortgage4 14%
Per Capita Income $30,571
Wealth Index5 98
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 5,157 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,173 (80.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 807 (15.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 176 ( 3.4%)
Median Home Value $258,646
Average Home Value $301,329
Housing Affordability Index3 158
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 4,981
Average Household Size 3.02
Family Households 3,941
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.59% 0.82%
Households 0.55% 0.81%
Families 0.46% 0.79%
Median Household Income   2.22%
Per Capita Income   2.67%
Owner Occupied HU   0.9%

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Elk Plain, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Elk Plain to the other 625 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 88 86th
Population Density # 160 75th
Median Household Income # 215 66th
Housing Affordability Index # 473 76th
Per Capita Income # 350 44th
Diversity Index # 173 73rd

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