Tukwila is a city in King County Washington which is at the center of commerce in the Puget Sound Region with a confluence of freeways, railroads and rivers.  It's name is from the Duwamish Indian tribe and means "land where the hazelnuts grow." The population of the city is around 17,000 but 45,000 are employed in the city.

The city is a diverse one in terms of businesses and people. It has single family and multiple family residences, heavy and light manufacturing, many service-oriented businesses and a large concentration of retail establishments.  It is divided up into distinct areas: Allentown, Cascade View, Duwamish, Foster, McMicken, Riverton, Ryan Hill, Southcenter and Thorndyke.

Incorporated in 1908, Tukwila is 8.6 square miles in size. It is located 12 miles south of downtown Seattle, 17 miles north of downtown Tacoma, 16 miles southwest of downtown Bellevue and just east of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.


Tukwila is at the crossroads of two major interstate highways: Interstate 5 which is the major north-south highway along the West Coast and takes motorists from Olympia to Bellingham and Interstate 405 which runs north-south on the east side of Lake Washington and bypasses Seattle, providing access to Bellevue and Kirkland before rejoining Interstate 5 around Lynnwood.


The Tukwila School District serves the city with one high school, Foster High.

Major Employers

The population of the city swells with a workforce of nearly 45,000 people. The Boeing Company has several facilities in the city. The city also hosts internet and corporate data centers for following businesses:  AboveNet, digital.forest, Fortress Colocation, HopOne, InterNAP University of Washington, Microsoft and SAVVIS.

The Southcenter Mall is the largest shopping complex in the region and it is located in Tukwila.