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
$203,600
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$947
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%

Tacoma Rankings

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

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    508
    273
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    71
    41
  • Robbery
    234
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,234
    525
  • Theft
    4,105
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    977
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$52,042
National
$53,889
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    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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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.
I love the size of the town and the ease with which you can get from one place to another without having to take a freeway. I grew up in Los Angeles where the traffic is the central point of everyone's existence, so this is important to me. I burned out on traffic! I also love the Puget Sound. In Tacoma, we're mostly surrounded by water! It's so beautiful here. There is a small town vibe, although not TOO small and the people I have met here are welcoming and friendly for the most part. I love the school I attend, Tacoma Community College. I've had wonderful teachers who have come from near and far. My only "complaint" about Tacoma is that there are just not enough live music venues.