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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 219,205 people and 71 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 professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Tacoma who work in office and administrative support (11.24%), sales jobs (9.35%), and management occupations (8.64%).

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.

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 substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 30.17% of adults in Tacoma have a college degree.

The per capita income in Tacoma in 2018 was $34,759, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $139,036 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 11.89% 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.