Tacoma, WATacoma, Washington, literally translates as the Mother of Waters, and it is a city that is stepping out of the shadows of its neighbor Seattle. Many people choose to live in Tacoma since the real estate market is more affordable, although prices have skyrocketed over the last decade as the city has become a part of one of the nation's leading markets for tech. With a population that has surpassed 200,000, the city is enjoying a continual stream of new residents.
The city is home to a satellite campus of the University of Washington system that is located in the downtown area. You will also find a beautiful convention center in the heart of Tacoma as well as a selection of trendy restaurants that are serving up fresh poke, delicious ramen, pho, and other Asian delicacies. One of the most interesting things about Tacoma is the huge hills that are found leading from the waterfront to the cities interior. With grades that can surpass 20% in some areas, it can be a bit stressful for someone who is learning to drive a stick shift or who is trying to get around the city on bike.
Tacoma, like Seattle, has a lot of rainy days due to its location in the Pacific Northwest. This makes the city extremely lush and green. At just a touch over 2,400 acres, the Port of Tacoma is one of the largest in America and it is one of the city's largest employers as well. For travelers in the area, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge may bring back horrible memories from your high school science class when the bridge shook uncontrollably during an earthquake and a car went plunging into the waters below. Fortunately today, the bridge is sound from an engineering perspective, and millions of cars travel over the world's fifth largest suspension bridge to get to work and play on a regular basis.
If you love to get out into nature to explore, be sure to check out Point Defiance. It is one of the largest urban parks in the United States, and it offers runners, joggers, and walkers 700-acres and beautiful trails on which you can explore. Tacoma is known for citizens who enjoy healthy lifestyles, and a large part of this is due to the citizens' love for being outdoors enjoying the beauty of nature. If you do not want to head into the woods to get your exercise in, you can also choose to go for a run along the waterfront as you enjoy the beautiful coastal views and marvel at the multimillion dollar condos that line the waterway. Tacoma is a true gem of a city for you to call home.