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Sumner, Washington
Location of Sumner, Washington
Location of Sumner, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Pierce
 • Type Mayor–council
 • Total 7.65 sq mi (19.82 km2)
 • Land 7.53 sq mi (19.51 km2)
 • Water 0.12 sq mi (0.31 km2)
75 ft (23 m)
 • Total 9,451
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,384.36/sq mi (534.53/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
98352, 98390
Area code 253
FIPS code 53-68435
GNIS feature ID 1512700
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Sumner's Ryan House (home of the city's historical museum) is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Reuben Knoblauch Heritage Park near the Sounder commuter rail station that connects Sumner to Seattle and Tacoma.

Sumner is a city in northern Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 9,451 at the 2010 census. Nearby cities include Puyallup to the west, Auburn to the north, and Bonney Lake to the east.


Sumner was platted in 1883 by George H. Ryan, and was named for the 19th century U.S. Senator Charles Sumner.


Sumner is located at 47°12′21″N 122°14′9″W / 47.20583°N 122.23583°W / 47.20583; -122.23583 (47.205823, -122.235803).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.62 square miles (19.74 km2), of which, 7.51 square miles (19.45 km2) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) is water.

After Orting, Sumner and Puyallup, are geographically next in line to be hit by lahars whenever Mount Rainier erupts in the future. This is depicted in the Modern Marvels episode titled "Most Dangerous," which shows a simulation of a lahar flooding the Orting and Puyallup Valleys from an eruption.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 580
1900 531 −8.4%
1910 892 68.0%
1920 1,499 68.0%
1930 1,967 31.2%
1940 2,140 8.8%
1950 2,816 31.6%
1960 3,156 12.1%
1970 4,325 37.0%
1980 4,936 14.1%
1990 6,281 27.2%
2000 8,504 35.4%
2010 9,451 11.1%
2019 (est.) 10,427 10.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 9,451 people, 3,980 households, and 2,454 families living in the city. The population density was 1,258.5 inhabitants per square mile (485.9/km2). There were 4,279 housing units at an average density of 569.8 per square mile (220.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.3% White, 1.2% African American, 1.0% Native American, 2.4% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 3.4% from other races, and 4.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.1% of the population.

There were 3,980 households, of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.3% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 38.2 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 14.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.


In addition to road and highway connections, Sumner is also served by Sounder commuter rail which stops at the railroad station in downtown and directly connects Sumner with much of the Puget Sound region, including Seattle and Tacoma.

Pierce County Library System

Sumner has a branch of the PCLS system that is open to the public 7 days a week.

Cultural attractions

Sumner hosts part of the annual four-part Daffodil Parade, which takes place every April in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting.

Notable companies

Dillanos Coffee Roasters, Pacific Northwest Baking Company, and Bellmont Cabinets are all based in Sumner.

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