Resources : Puget Sound Facts
  • Puget Sound covers 1.6 million acres and has 2,500 miles of shoreline.
  • The region’s 2.1 million acres of state-owned submerged saltwater lands are home to 211 fish species, 100 sea bird species and 13 types of marine mammals.
  • There are 68 state parks and 3 national parks, as well as wildlife refuges, national forests and other public lands that border Puget Sound.
  • The Sound helps drive $20 billion of economic activity in Washington State.
  • The Puget Sound region encompasses 12 counties populated by approximately 4.3 million people.
  • Ninety cities and towns border the Sound.
  • There are 19 major watersheds in the Puget Sound region.
  • Many major Washington rivers feed into Puget Sound:
  • Nooksack River
  • Samish River
  • Skagit River
  • Stillaguamish River
  • Snohomish River
  • Cedar River
  • Green/Duwamish River
  • Puyallup River
  • Nisqually River
  • Deschutes River
  • Skykomish River
  • Dosewallips River
  • Dungeness River
  • Elwha River
  • 10,000 streams flow into Puget Sound.
  • 12 counties are located in the Puget Sound region:
  • Clallam
  • King
  • Kitsap
  • Island
  • Jefferson
  • Mason
  • Pierce
  • San Juan
  • Skagit
  • Snohomish
  • Thurston
  • Whatcom
  • Number of tribal nations in the Puget Sound region: 15
  • Nooksack
  • Lummi
  • Samish
  • Upper Skagit
  • Swinomish
  • Stillaquamish
  • Tulalip
  • Jamestown S’Klallam
  • Port Gamble S’Klallam
  • Suquamish
  • Muckleshoot
  • Puyallup
  • Squaxin Island
  • Nisqually
  • Skokomish

More Facts at Puget Sound Partnership