In this podcast, we are talking about the city of Auburn in the state of Washington – we are located almost exactly between Seattle (to our north) and Tacoma (to our south). We are lucky to live in the shadow of the majestic Mt. Rainier and are one of the few cities in our state that sits within two counties – King County and Pierce County. We also share our land with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.
Here are some of the basics about our beautiful city here in the Pacific Northwest.
- We now have a population of over 87,000 which makes us the 14th largest city by population of Washington’s 281 cities – Auburn has been experiencing steady growth for decades
- Auburn was incorporated as a city on June 13, 1891 – we were originally named Slaughter after Lt. William Slaughter – that name was changed to Auburn in 1893 for obvious reasons
- Over the years Auburn has been known for many things:
- In the early years we were a large farming community – most notably for our bountiful hops and berry farms.
- In the early 1900s Auburn was a bustling railroad town that helped spring up well known businesses like Borden’s Condensed Milk and the Northern Clay Company
- Later in the 20th century Auburn welcomed Green River Community College and The Boeing Company and many other wonderful additions to our growing community
- The Auburn School District is one of our largest employers on top of being a world class educational system! They employ over 2,000 people and have in their care over 17,000 students in three comprehensive high schools, one alternative high school, four middle schools and 15 elementary schools.