B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$212,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$980
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%

Tacoma Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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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
    614
    283
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    71
    41
  • Robbery
    257
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,153
    500
  • Theft
    4,149
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,248
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$53,553
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%
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Tacoma Reviews

210 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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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.
Tacoma is the "just right" city which has everything I ever needed. It is not too large, not too crowded, not too busy with an excellent public transport system. Besides the green trees that uplift my mood everywhere I go, Tacoma is a charming cultural city offering many interesting activities to do and places to explore. You can visit the Museum of Glass and be in awe with the live glass making show, which makes 1 hour being there feels just like 5 minutes! Tacoma has many nice places to eat and relax too. My favorite spot is Point Ruston, where I could ride a tandem bike with my bestie and watch the kids and pups playing, laughing, enjoying the beautiful sun of summer. Safe to say, Tacoma is one of the best places to live in my opinion. I secretly do not want to share this to many people because they would come visit and move here and make this place too crowded.