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Income/capita 6%
Household income 3%
Unemployment 8%
IndexTacomaWashingtonNational
Income per capita$27,947$32,999$29,829
Median household income$53,553$62,848$55,322
Median income owner occupied$74,530$79,796$70,586
Median income renter occupied$35,892$41,061$35,192
Median earnings male$37,161$41,953$36,919
Median earnings female$27,970$27,576$26,250
Unemployment rate5.0%4.3%4.7%
Poverty level17.9%12.7%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Tacoma is 6% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Tacoma is 3% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Tacoma is 8% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Tacoma is 19% higher than the national average

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      am i middle class

      $Input your household income
      $35,698$53,553$107,106
      City
      $41,894$62,848$125,696
      State
      $36,877$55,322$110,644
      Nation
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Tacoma median earnings by income bracket

      Tacoma employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry11.5%1.0%
      Manufacturing sector12.2%1.1%
      Financial & insurance services2.3%3.8%
      Wholesale & retail services16.1%13.9%
      Public administration7.0%6.0%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities8.9%2.5%
      Education, health & social services12.6%36.3%
      Other27.7%29.8%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Canterwood, WA3,409$129,773135%
      Lake Tapps, WA13,030$105,83691%
      Dash Point, WA939$101,34683%
      Raft Island, WA342$100,88282%
      Rosedale, WA4,719$93,75069%
      Tacoma, WA205,602$53,5533%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Fontana, CA205,228$65,99519%
      Oxnard, CA204,752$61,70912%
      Fayetteville, NC203,670$43,88221%
      Modesto, CA208,512$50,9968%
      Moreno Valley, CA202,061$56,4562%
      Tacoma, WA205,602$53,5533%
      Source: The Tacoma, WA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).