Tacoma

63 Ranks better than 31% of areas

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Living in Tacoma, WA

Tacoma is a large city located in the state of Washington. The city has a population of 205,602 people. In Tacoma, there are 4,135 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. The average American spends an average of about 26 minutes on their one way commute each day. Lower travel times to work can increase overall happiness and allow for more time to be spent with family. While living in Tacoma, your commute times will be about average with a one way commute time of 27 minutes.

Are you trying to decide if living in Tacoma is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before relocating to any new city in Washington, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, education, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Tacoma and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Tacoma to Washington and the national average.

Using data and statistics Tacoma has received a livability score of 63 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 31st percentile when compared to all other cities. For each of the livability categories, we know that Tacoma ranks very well for amenities (A+) and housing (B-). There are some categories that Tacoma ranks poorly for, including: crime (F), cost of living (F) and education (D-). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Tacoma is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Tacoma come in at $212,400, which is 21.1% lower than the Washington average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Tacoma, the home price to income ratio is 4, which is 7% lower than the Washington average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Tacoma area were 13.3% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 12.2%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Best Neighborhoods In & Around Tacoma, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
North End, Tacoma751.824,051
Northeast Tacoma, Tacoma703.916,749
West End, Tacoma653.726,425
Eastside-Enact, Tacoma643.331,293
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Tacoma, Tacoma632.825,639
Ruston, Tacoma613.9962
South End, Tacoma613.539,768
Central, Tacoma610.922,107

Best Cities Near Tacoma, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Maple Valley, WA8121.425,093
Medina, WA8127.93,169
Yarrow Point, WA8129.41,149
Clyde Hill, WA8128.53,197
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mercer Island, WA8024.124,467
Redmond, WA8033.659,268
Sammamish, WA7931.162,136
Duvall, WA7840.47,534

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Attractions8/10
Community1/10
Nightlife4/10
Dining8/10
Shopping8/10
My husband and I were priced out of king county, moved to east side tacoma. Houses were in our price range. Not long after we moved here, there was a drive by shooting at the house across from us. Police didn't even show up until the next day and found out it wasn't the first time it happened. Not long after, a bum was sleeping on our porch and went through our trash and it was all over our yard. The bum also left cigarette butts all over, scary to think he could of caught our house on fire.We have had packages stolen, garage broken into a few times. Thieves don't care if you have a security system and cameras. I still don't feel safe with a security system. Druggies all around, easy to run into them when walking about. Day or night, druggies are hanging around doing drugs. Not uncommon to hear gunshots, to hear about drive by shootings and gang fights.Area is filthy, a lot of people have trash and junk all over their yards. You will see a lot of boarded up houses that were once drug dens. Alot of abandoned run down buildings. Police response time is slow, there isn't enough police officers around here. I can see why houses were cheaper here, people say this area isn't that bad but my husband and I regret moving here.
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