Living in Tacoma, WA

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Updated: 2020-03-10

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Tacoma, Washington Info Snack

Tacoma (/tkom/ t-KOH-m) is a mid-sized urban port city in and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. The city is on Washington's Puget Sound, 32 miles (51 km) southwest of Seattle, 31 miles (50 km) northeast of the state capital, Olympia, and 58 miles (93 km) northwest of Mount Rainier National Park. The population was 198,397, according to the 2010 census. Tacoma is the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third largest in the state. Tacoma also serves as the center of business activity for the South Sound region, which has a population of around 1 million.
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Population over time in Tacoma

Year Population % Change
2017 210,103 1.4%
2016 207,280 0.8%
2015 205,602 1.0%
2014 203,481 0.8%
2013 201,794 0.4%
2012 200,890 0.4%
2011 200,013 0.3%
2010 199,449 0.3%
2009 198,819 -
Crime/100k Tacoma WA USA
Violent Crime 866.5 311.5 368.9
Murder 7.9 3.1 5.0
Robbery 233.2 73.9 86.2
Aggravated Assault 533.6 189.1 246.8
Property Crime 5267.8 2946.2 2199.5
Burglary 886.5 533.5 376.0
Larceny 3511.1 2045.4 1594.6
Car Theft 870.2 367.3 228.9

Race / Ethnicity in Tacoma

58.7% (123,310)
African American
9.7% (20,411)
American Indian
1.4% (2,964)
9.1% (19,093)
1.2% (2,428)
0.3% (577)
Two Or More
7.7% (16,282)
11.9% (25,038)
Race Tacoma WA USA
White 58.7% 69.1% 61.1%
African American 9.7% 3.6% 12.3%
American Indian 1.4% 1.1% 0.7%
Asian 9.1% 8.3% 5.4%
Hawaiian 1.2% 0.6% 0.2%
Other 0.3% 0.2% 0.2%
Two Or More 7.7% 4.7% 2.4%
Hispanic 11.9% 12.5% 17.8%

Household Income For Tacoma, Washington

Less than $10,000
7.7% (1,620,190)
$10,000 to $14,999
4.1% (862,913)
$15,000 to $24,999
8.8% (1,842,919)
$25,000 to $34,999
8.8% (1,853,864)
$35,000 to $49,999
13.3% (2,789,324)
$50,000 to $74,999
19.5% (4,097,441)
$75,000 to $99,999
13.1% (2,746,306)
$100,000 to $149,999
15.0% (3,142,126)
$150,000 to $199,999
5.4% (1,125,860)
$200,000 or more
4.4% (929,350)
Income Tacoma WA USA
Less than $10,000 7.7% 5.2% 6.3%
$10,000 to $14,999 4.1% 3.4% 4.6%
$15,000 to $24,999 8.8% 7.3% 9.3%
$25,000 to $34,999 8.8% 7.8% 9.3%
$35,000 to $49,999 13.3% 11.8% 12.6%
$50,000 to $74,999 19.5% 17.7% 17.5%
$75,000 to $99,999 13.1% 13.6% 12.5%
$100,000 to $149,999 15.0% 17.1% 14.6%
$150,000 to $199,999 5.4% 7.7% 6.3%
$200,000 or more 4.4% 8.4% 7.0%

Gender in Tacoma

50.1% (105,333)
49.9% (104,769)
Gender Tacoma WA USA
Female 50.1% 50.0% 50.8%
Male 49.9% 50.0% 49.2%

Highest level of educational attainment in Tacoma for adults over 25

< 9th Grade
4.0% (8,404)
9-12th Grade
8.0% (16,808)
High School / GED
26.0% (54,626)
Some College
25.0% (52,525)
Associate's Degree
9.0% (18,909)
Bachelor's Degree
18.0% (37,818)
Master's Degree
7.0% (14,707)
Professional Degree
2.0% (4,202)
Doctorate Degree
1.0% (2,101)
Education Tacoma WA USA
< 9th Grade 4.0% 4.0% 6.0%
9-12th Grade 8.0% 5.0% 7.0%
High School / GED 26.0% 22.0% 27.0%
Some College 25.0% 24.0% 21.0%
Associate's Degree 9.0% 10.0% 8.0%
Bachelor's Degree 18.0% 22.0% 19.0%
Master's Degree 7.0% 9.0% 9.0%
Professional Degree 2.0% 2.0% 2.0%
Doctorate Degree 1.0% 2.0% 1.0%

14 Reviews & Comments About Tacoma

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Sindra Sins

Tacoma resident here! Lived here my whole life, and I had lived in the more poverty struck areas as a kid, I remember everyday on the way to elementary school I passed these s****y connected houses that had their front doors missing and spray paint anarchy symbols inside if you looked, sometimes I'd hear a drummer and a base playing inside one, some of them were boarded up, others were broken into and lived in by druggies and homeless people, The homeless people were nice to me, they said high everyday I passed and were genuinely very sweet people just on tough times.

The education is pretty awful, and the safety of ours schools too, Foss, when I was going, had 7 bomb threats, and 6 shooting threats, from a f*****g death cult trying to use us for some mass murder ritual, it was f*****g nuts and the school refused to say anything about it but a few teachers did. I remember in elementary school there was a big thing about a man who killed 5 cops was on the loose and the man ended up being chased near our elementary school and we had lock down and there was gun fire, but I'm pretty sure they ended up getting a hold of him and apprehending him.

DESPITE THAT and plenty more stories I have, it's really not that bad, things are starting to chill out in this city, and me and my family now live in a better area of Tacoma, and it's nice, I don't think I'd ever choose any other place over my hometown.


Most of Tacoma doesn't look like that. The areas that did are pretty much being razed and rebuilt. University of Washington Tacoma and several new apartment buildings sit on many of those spaces now.

I've lived many places in my life and always seem to keep coming back to Tacoma. My current stint in Tacoma has been for 32 years. What does Tacoma have- Decent schools, a preponderance of good usable public parks, easy access to public services, good public transportation system, walk-ability, trees everywhere including downtown, easy access to nature and outdoor activities, wonderful mountain views and an increasing amount of museums and public art... all at half the cost and hassle of our larger neighbor to the north.

DAwn Terry

I never cared for Tacoma. I was born there and would never live there. But I would never live in any city no matter there crime rate, Murder and Robberies they have. I can not stand the City and would never raise my children in the city. Love the foot hills of Mt Rainier. That is my kind of living. i think every city has its up and downs. Never had any problems in Chehalis. When I go to the city it is for a very fast pick up and I pack my Gun. I do not trust anyone. I trust my Coyotes more then the City people. So I say if you want to live a good life live in the Foot hills or the Olympic Mountains where you are safe.


You've clealry never been to most of these places. Port Orchard is nice and not heavy with crime. White Center is a shithole, Lakewood has very high end areas but also has s****y areas, Aberdeen is druggie central. And Tacoma is not the worst. White Center is farrrrr worse. I live in Tacoma. Unless you're on the eastside or parts of the Sputh you're fine. The West end of Tacoma is now University Place which is high end water views. The North end is the same with high end water views. Clearly you just looked up a bunch of statistics and try to make a video so you can get Revenue. Long story short, you don't know what you're talking about unless you've actually been and lived in these places.

Robbie Gore

Ay I live in Tacoma and I swear it's not that bad you won't get jumped for nothing but we have two different sides down town and New Tacoma ones good ones hella messed up


I live in University Place which is separate from Tacoma. I go to a Catholic school in Lakewood and every day there is a murder in the news and we had 6 lockdowns


I lived in tacoma till someone died at a 7 11 near i lived. 56th orchard


i live in Tacoma and i enjoy it here except the schools which are garbage and when i go to seattle there is so many homeless people so much loitering there.

nirvana god253

I live in Tacoma I grew up in Tacoma.... And yes in my eyes it sure is making a turn around. I live in one of the worse parts of Tacoma.

Pyro Mafia

Welp I live in Tacoma...Hilltop Tacoma so I have the worst city...

Jammy Jam

i live in Tacoma, and it really isn't that bad imo

HomeSnacks User

Lots to do and tons of beautiful scenery. The city is generally pretty safe and people are very friendly.

There are lots of good restaurants that are fun to go and check out on weekends. Likewise, there are lots of small craft breweries. I don't really have much bad to say other than the fact that downtown all the stoplight are right at the top of the hills for some reason. It makes it very easy to accidentally roll backwards.

HomeSnacks User

Tacoma has definitely gotten better since the 90's-early 2,000's. But living over here on the eastside, theres still alot of violence you see/hear everyday. including gunshots everynow and then. Its just not like it was growin up back then.

I love the Point Defiance park and everywhere else on the northend of Tacoma. Its beautiful and a great place to take my son. Owens beach is there also. Things to look out for- honestly nothin really anymore if your not associated with any gangs or crimes or walkin by yourself at 11oclock at night. Not sayin its always safe, but you really dont need to be lookin over your shoulder anymore

HomeSnacks User

I have lived in Tacoma for over 25 years now. I moved from Michigan, where I was born and raised. I have never in my life seen or dealt with Rasicm until I moved here. Everything in this State is geared towards the Middle Class and Rich White People!! I only say that because of how high the cost of living has become in this State! Its ridiculous that in Seattle people are being put out of their homes if they don't make a certain amount of Money!! Forced to live on the Streets...and It will not get any better in the near future..not in the TrumpNation!! G*d help us ALL!! !!

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