Kapowsin, WA Profile: Facts & Data


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Kapowsin, Washington - Basic Facts

The Kapowsin Census Designated Place had a population of 374 as of July 1, 2020. Kapowsin ranks in the lower 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 Kapowsin is located at latitude 46.9857 and longitude -122.2257 in Pierce County. The formal boundaries for the Kapowsin Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 4.12 sq. miles and a water area of 1.01 sq. miles. Pierce County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 643 feet.

The Kapowsin Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2584985) 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 Kapowsin Census Designated Place is located within Graham-Thrift Division of Pierce County.


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


Total Population 374 (100%)
Population in Households 374 (100.0%)
Population in Families 313 (83.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 91
Diversity Index2 31


Median Household Income $98,963
Average Household Income $107,430
% of Income for Mortgage4 17%
Per Capita Income $41,053
Wealth Index5 142


Total HU (Housing Units) 189 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 135 (71.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 20 (10.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 35 (18.5%)
Median Home Value $397,778
Average Home Value $635,634
Housing Affordability Index3 158


Total Households 154
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 113
Average Family Size 3
  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.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 1.14% 1.2%
Households 1.08% 1.27%
Families 1.81% 1.21%
Median Household Income   0.91%
Per Capita Income   2.06%
Owner Occupied HU   1.16%


Kapowsin, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Kapowsin 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 # 498 20th
Population Density # 578 8th
Median Household Income # 115 82nd
Housing Affordability Index # 470 75th
Per Capita Income # 167 73rd
Diversity Index # 383 39th

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