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Overall Niche Grade
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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
    A-
Tacoma is a city in Washington with a population of 207,280. Tacoma is in Pierce County. Living in Tacoma offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Tacoma there are a lot of 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
$227,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,015
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%
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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
    540
    283
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    80
    41
  • Robbery
    189
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    971
    500
  • Theft
    3,626
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    977
    284
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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%

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Tacoma Reviews

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Home to a conglomerate of different racial and national identities, there is no lack of cultural and artistic diversity in Tacoma! From easily accessible healthy food choices to the vibrant impressionist street art in the rustic downtown, Tacoma is a melting pot of fascinating personalities from people of all different walks of life. Sadly, though many parts of Tacoma are undergoing modernization (the breathtaking Point Ruston for example), an epidemic of poverty and homelessness is on the uprise like never before. There are simply too many people, not enough homes, and not enough jobs. Public schools are underfunded and in desperate need of more teachers. The high cost of living has also taken an unfortunate toll on many families and the extent to which they are able to provide for their children. If the community is able to stand together to bring about lasting transformational development for the future, I believe Tacoma will become a very popular place to live an visit!
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If you love down to earth people who love coffee, art, music, and gardening you are in the right place. Tacoma is a city in the Puget Sound area of Washington state. 30 minutes away from Seattle, with a smaller more close knit feel. People of all ages enjoy this cute city from adults who love quite spaces to those who love to party even kids with an adventurous side find Tacoma a great place to be! Local community is an important aspect that Tacoma prides itself on, with great schools for all ages and neighborhoods for everyone to thrive in.
Some people dream of moving away from their hometown, but I can confidently say that I wouldn't mind living out the rest of my days here in Tacoma, Washington. Perhaps I am set in my comfort zone, but I think Tacoma is perfect for being a comfort zone. There are affordable places around Tacoma, but prices for safer areas are going up. I'm not saying that's a bad thing; Tacoma's value overall is increasing. However it does make it harder for the minimum wage folks to find a safe place to live. While the search is more difficult, it isn't impossible! Diversity in Tacoma is wonderful, part of me is afraid of leaving because I find Tacoma to be extremely accepting of all people. It is true I haven't experienced racism firsthand, but can't we count that as a positive for not seeing it?
Ask any Tacoma resident and they'll tell you they're happy to be living here. Tacoma is a place you move to, not from.