Tacoma, WA
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Living in Tacoma


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, Tacoma isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Tacoma are a mix 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 noticeable about Tacoma, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Tacoma is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Tacoma a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Tacoma is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Tacoma area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

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.