Tacoma 66 Average
Tacoma Livability #345 ranked city in Washington#16,427 ranked city in the USARanks better than 43% of areas
A+ Tacoma Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Tacoma Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% lower than Washington
11111% more expensive than the US average
11717% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Tacoma cost of living
F Tacoma Crime Total crime is 110% higher than Washington
Total crime
6,351171% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 16171% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
5%Year over year crime is up
Tacoma crime
D+ Tacoma Employment Household income is 15% lower than Washington
Median household income
$53,5533% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$27,9476% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%8% higher than the US average
Tacoma employment
B- Tacoma Housing Home value is 21% lower than Washington
Median home value
$212,40015% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9803% higher than the US average
Home ownership
50%21% lower than the US average
Tacoma real estate or Tacoma rentals
D+ Tacoma Schools HS graduation rate is 4% lower than Washington
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
48%equal to the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:120% higher than the US average
Tacoma K-12 schools
C+ Tacoma User Ratings There are a total of 28 ratings in Tacoma
Overall user rating
67% 28 total ratings
User reviews rating
60% 4 total reviews
User surveys rating
70% 24 total surveys
all Tacoma poll results

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      Living in Tacoma, WA

      Located in the state of Washington, Tacoma is a big city with a population of 205,602 residents. With a population density of 4,135 people per square mile, Tacoma is well above the nation's average density level. Long travel times to work can be one of the most frustrating things in the world - right behind housework! If you decide that living in Tacoma is the right fit for you, your one way commute time will average 27 minutes, which is about average when compared to the national commute time of 26 minutes.

      Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Tacoma could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Washington if you know where to search. To help you find the best places to live in and around Tacoma, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, employment, housing and more.

      With a livability score of 63/100, Tacoma is ranked #19,955 in the United States and #418 in Washington. If we explore each of the categories individually, we see that Tacoma ranks well for amenities (A+) and housing (B-). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Tacoma. The following was graded with a discouraging score: crime (F), cost of living (F) and education (D-).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Tacoma, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Museum of Glass, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and Point Defiance Park.

      Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Tacoma can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Tacoma. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Tacoma are affordable. 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. Real estate appreciation rates in Tacoma are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Tacoma homes comes in at 13.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 12.2%.

      Tacoma transportation information

      Average one way commute27min27min26min
      Workers who drive to work75.5%72.3%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.7%10.2%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit4.9%6.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.7%0.9%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.3%3.6%2.8%
      Working from home3.9%5.6%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Tacoma, WA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).