Auburn is a city in King County. Considered a suburb in the Seattle Metropolitan area, it is currently ranked the fifteenth largest city in the state of Washington. Auburn is home to the Pacific Northwest’s premier outdoor concert venue: White River Amphitheater; Washington state’s only thoroughbred racing track: Emerald Downs; the largest mall within a city’s limits: The Outlet Collection; the biggest casino in the northwest: Muckleshoot Casino; and nearby Pacific Raceways, the official Western Washington stop of the NHRA.
Auburn has a total area of almost 300 square miles. Two rivers, the White River, and, to a greater extent, the Green River, flow through the city.
As of 2017, Auburn has a 4.1 percent unemployment rate. The top employers in the city are Boeing, the Super Mall, Auburn School District, Muckleshoot Tribal Enterprises, Auburn Medical Center, Green River Community College & Emerald Downs. The Auburn Boeing Plant, opened in 1966, is the largest airplane parts plant in the world, with over 5,000 employees, 2,100,000 square feet and 1,265,000 parts being manufactured each year.
Auburn Station is a major hub for the Green River Valley. There are many large roads nearby and within the city limits, including State Route 167 and State Route 18. Auburn also has its own transit center, Auburn Station in downtown, that serves as a major hub for southern King County. Sound Transit buses connect the Auburn Transit Center directly to Federal Way, Sumner, and Kent, while King County Metro Buses connect the Transit Center to Green River Community College, the Super Mall, and Auburn Way.
Sounder Commuter trains travel from Auburn to downtown Seattle in approximately 30 minutes and to Lakewood station in less than 35 minutes. Auburn has an extensive system of parks, open space and urban trails consisting of 28 developed parks, over 23 miles of trails (including Auburn’s 4.5 mile portion of the Interurban Trail for bikers, walkers, runners, and skaters), and almost 247 acres of open space for passive and active recreation.