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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    B+
Tacoma is a city in Washington with a population of 210,103. Tacoma is in Pierce County. Living in Tacoma offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Tacoma there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Tacoma and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Tacoma are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$250,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,106
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Tacoma Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    533.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    91.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    233.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    886.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,511.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    870.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Tacoma

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$58,617
National
$55,322
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Tacoma Reviews

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I have lived in Central Tacoma since 2017 and we love it! Central Tacoma is, well, central to all there is to do and go in this city and the wider region. Super easy to get around on a bike, stroll past historic and colorful craftsman houses, 10 minute walk (for me) to 6th Ave, short bike ride to Proctor. Tacoma rocks excellent and affordable restaurants, museums, music and comedy venues, and incredible parks! Transportation is improving year by year with major upgrades to public transportation, rail access to Seattle, etc.
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Tacoma is a lively city, with an incredible history and beautiful buildings. The downtown is a particular favorite place of mine, partially because it is where I go to school. The old-mixed-with-the-new culture in Downtown is refreshing and fun, and the art scattered around the city is always breathtaking. Other parts of Tacoma are also lovely, with delicious restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines, homey residential areas and gorgeous parks. All around, Tacoma is amazing!
Tacoma is one of the most diverse cities in our state and I love it! We are blessed to have clean water, clean air, and moderate temperature. Like most places there are good areas and bad areas. The public school district needs work but Tacoma is unique in the fact that it funds a public Art School (Tacoma School of the Arts), public math and science Institute (SAMI), and an engineering/design/architecture school (IDEA) for high school students. This city is changing rapidly as the housing market is exploding. But it is also progressive when it comes to clean energy and renewable resources. Tacoma is beautiful, and will forever be my home.