Long considered "the country," Spanaway rests in east Pierce County, and the area encompasses both suburban and rural communities. In more recent years, a new variety of amenities have moved in, including newer schools, shopping opportunities, restaurants, and other conveniences. A mix of old and new, one of Spanaway’s most notable features is Pacific Lutheran University, a college that was founded in 1890 and attracts thousands of students from across the country.
Spanaway is a city that allows its residents to enjoy a sense of community while providing space and breathing room between neighbors. Close to nature, Spanaway is a wonderful choice for those who desire easy access to all kinds of outdoorsy fun or a quiet, peaceful place to relax. Many residents choose Spanaway for its close proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and its affordable, bustling housing market. Options include big lots, old farm houses, and a variety of homes built from the 1960s all the way up to new construction.