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 216,279 people and 63 constituent neighborhoods, Tacoma is the third largest community in Washington.

Tacoma is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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 percentage of people in Tacoma who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.58% of adults in Tacoma 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.