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 213,418 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, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Tacoma who work in office and administrative support (13.66%), sales jobs (9.36%), and management occupations (8.45%).
Also of interest is that Tacoma has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One thing that you will notice about Tacoma is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Tacoma a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
Tacoma is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Tacoma is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Tacoma, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The overall education level of Tacoma is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.58% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Tacoma in 2010 was $29,420, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $117,680 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 11.59% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Tacoma include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Tacoma is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.