One of the most vibrant cities in the Seattle/Tacoma metropolitan areas, Federal Way, Washington continues to experience growth and a booming economy. If you're looking for an affordable alternative to living within the city, or you just want close proximity without being in the middle of all the activity, Federal Way will be the perfect home for you.
Most residents in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area pay a little higher than average to enjoy their lifestyle and Federal Way is part of the pack. In 2014, the cost of living index was 5.7% higher than the national average. When looking for apartments in Federal Way WA, you can expect to pay between $700 and $1000 for a one bedroom apartment. Some of the factors that affect the price of rent include the amount of space you require, the part of town you live in, and the type of amenities you are afforded.
Federal Way is home to the area's largest and one of its most popular amusement and water parks, Wild Waves. With more than 60 different rides, water slides and attractions, the park is known for its eclectic collection of roller coasters and number of thrilling waterslides.
Federal Way is also home to the Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden. The Pacific Northwest may be most well-known for its evergreen vegetation, but residents here also know and love the wide variety of rhododendron plants that pepper their roadsides and backyards, and this botanical garden is tops for checking them all out.
Located just a few short miles south of Seattle, Federal Way WA apartments are a great location for any individual looking to further their education. The University of Washington's main campus in Seattle is located 24 miles away, and is most well-known for its medical programs. For an option that's a little closer to home, Federal Way residents can attend UW's Tacoma campus, which is only 15 miles away. Individuals looking for a top-notch liberal arts education may want to attend the University of Puget Sound, also located in nearby Tacoma, Washington.
Approximately 22,000 people work in Federal Way, with many individuals commuting from neighboring cities such as Kent, Bellevue and Tacoma for job opportunities found here. One of the largest employers for the city is the Weyerhauser Company, most famous for its lumber products, whose U.S. headquarters is located in Federal Way. Federal Way Public Schools are also a top employer, so residents in the education field may find the opportunities for employment more plentiful here than elsewhere in the area.