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General Information About Tukwila  

Tukwila lies in the heart of the Puget Sound region, sitting 12 miles south of downtown Seattle, 17 miles north of downtown Tacoma, just east of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and at the crossroads of two major interstate highways, I-5 and I-405. Its central location makes Tukwila an ideal site for approximately 2,000 businesses.

Tukwila (whose name in local Native American dialect means "land where the hazelnuts grow") encompasses single and multi-family residences, heavy and light manufacturing, and service-oriented companies, as well as one of the Northwest's largest concentration of retail businesses.

Tukwila's Mayor is the chief executive officer of the City, and the Council is the legislative branch and governing body. The City's management consists of eight department heads, reporting to the City Administrator. Tukwila has over 315 full-time employees, and oversees an annual general operating budget of approximately $45 million.

Tukwila strives to create a balance in addressing the needs of its residential community and the environment with the challenges of maintaining and enhancing a vibrant development climate. Information on business relocation or development is available at the "ThinkTukwila" Economic Development website.

Tukwila School District operates within Tukwila's boundaries. It consists of Foster High School, Showalter Middle School, Cascade View Elementary, Thorndyke Elementary, and Tukwila Elementary.

Tukwila has two libraries that are part of the King County Library System: Foster Library and Library Connection at Southcenter.

Tukwila is a member of the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce and information about tourism in Tukwila is available at the "Seattle Southside" website.


City Profile

Incorporated: June 23, 1908
Form of Government: Mayor-Council
Type of Government: Non-Charter, Optional Code City
Land Area: 9.65 square miles
Population: 19,107
Number of Businesses: 2,400 (approximate)
Number of people employed in Tukwila: 42,000 (approximate)
General Sales Tax Rate: 9.5%
Levy Rate: $2.90
Number of City Employees: 329 Salaried Personnel
Biennial Operating Budget: $126 million

Contact Information:

Tukwila City Hall
6200 Southcenter Blvd.
Tukwila, WA 98188-2544

Phone: 206 433-1800
Fax: 206 433-1833
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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