Tacoma, WA
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Tacoma is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 207,948 people and 63 constituent neighborhoods, Tacoma is the third largest community in Washington.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Tacoma is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Tacoma is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Tacoma who work in office and administrative support (13.33%), sales jobs (9.92%), and management occupations (8.69%).

One of the nice things about Tacoma is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Tacoma use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Tacoma‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

In terms of college education, Tacoma is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.51% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Tacoma in 2010 was $26,805, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $107,220 for a family of four. However, Tacoma contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Tacoma is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Tacoma home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Tacoma residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Tacoma also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.02% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Tacoma include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Tacoma is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.