The origin of the name “Steilacoom” is unclear. According to the Legacy Washington program, the town’s name is derived from a Native American word meaning “little pink flower”. In 1824, chief factor John Work called the town “Chilacoom”. Another early spelling was “Chelakom”. The Town of Steilacoom says it was named after the Steilacoom tribe, especially their main village in the Tacoma area, located on Chambers Bay.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.07 square miles (5.36 km2), of which, 2.04 square miles (5.28 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.
There are no state highways in Steilacoom. Drivers can access Interstate 5 or State Route 512 by driving through the adjacent city of Lakewood.
Public schools are operated by the Steilacoom Historical School District #1, which was first established in 1854. Steilacoom High School is the district’s comprehensive high school.
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,985 people, 2,559 households, and 1,715 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,933.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,132.7/km2). There were 2,793 housing units at an average density of 1,369.1 per square mile (528.6/km2).
There were 2,559 households, of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.0% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.79.
The median age in the town was 42.4 years. 20.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.5% were from 25 to 44; 29.6% were from 45 to 64; and 17.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.3% male and 51.7% female. Source: (Wikipedia)