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Overview

Introduction to Tacoma, Washington

Incorporated in 1874, Tacoma, Washington is the third largest city in Washington state. Tacoma is located in western Washington on Commencement Bay, off the southern tip of Puget Sound. It lies 25 miles northeast of Olympia and 26 miles south of Seattle. The peak of Mount Ranier is roughly 40 miles to the southeast and dominates the skyline.

Nisqually and Puyallup Native American tribes first inhabited the area along the bay. Lumber was the reason European-Americans first settled here. In 1852, the first saw mill was constructed and many more followed. The railroad came to Tacoma in the late 1800's in order to link up with shipping vessels using the deep water bay. That provided the impetus for the city's nickname "City of Destiny." Today Tacoma is the 6th largest shipping port in North America, making the city a major player in the wave of economic globalization.

Tacoma has earned many awards including:

  • 1990 - Fourth Best Place to Live by Money Magazine
  • 1995 - Top Mid-Sized City for Small Businesses by Entrepreneur Magazine
  • 1998 - All-American City by the National Civic League
  • 2004 - Most Livable Region (Tacoma-Pierce County) by Partners for Livable Communities

Precipitation is about 37 inches per year. Snowfalls average only around 8 inches annually. July average daily high and low temperatures are 76.1 and 55.0 degrees Fahrenheit. January average daily high and low temperatures are 46.9 and 35.9 degrees Fahrenheit.

Well known companies with a presence in the area are Boeing, State Farm Insurance, Expedia.com, and REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.). The University of Washington, Tacoma is also located here.

Arts and Leisure

Cultural and other attractions include:

  • The Tacoma Art Museum
  • The International Center for Contemporary Art
  • The Tacoma Philharmonic
  • The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra
  • The Tacoma Concert Band
  • The Tacoma Opera
  • The Tacoma City Ballet
  • The Washington Contemporary Ballet
  • The South Sound Playwrights Festival
  • The Tacoma Little Theatre
  • The Washington State History Museum
  • The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
  • More than 20 marinas

While top level professional sports are in nearby Seattle, teams in Tacoma include:

  • The Tacoma Rainiers baseball team of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, affiliated with the Seattle Mariners
  • The Tacoma Navigators of the American Basketball Association

Demographics

People

Total Population205,602
Male Share of the Population49.5%
Female Share of the Population50.5%
Senior Citizens12.8%
Employed Population 16+95,948
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married41%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26.7%
Median Earnings25+$37,325
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,655
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,861

Wealth

Median Family Income$65,075
% Above Poverty Level82.1%
% Below Poverty Level17.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work4%
% Using Public Transportation4.9%

Housing

People Living Alone34%
Median Gross Rent$980
Median House Value$212,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)39.6%
German16.3%
Irish11.9%
English8.1%
Norwegian5.4%
Italian3.3%
French Except Basque3.1%
Swedish2.9%
African2.2%
Scottish2%
Polish1.9%
Dutch1.5%
Ukrainian1.3%
Welsh1%
Russian0.9%
Danishn0.8%
Canadian0.7%
Portuguese0.5%
Arab0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Croatian0.4%
Czech0.4%
Greek0.4%
Romanian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Nigerian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Tacoma Almanac

CategoryValue
County Pierce County
Standard Zip Codes98402, 98403, 98404, 98405, 98406, 98408, 98413, 98418, 98421, 98422, 98443, 98465, 98407, 98409, 98424, 98444, 98445, 98446, 98466, 98433, 98498, 98467, 98439, 98499
P.O. Box Zip Codes98401, 98411, 98412, 98415, 98417, 98419, 98490, 98448, 98464, 98496, 98497, 98438
Company Zip Codes98416, 98447, 98471, 98481, 98493, 98431, 98430
Phone Area Codes253
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude47.25
Approximate Longitude-122.44

Tacoma Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationTACOMA 1
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp35 to 47 F
Apr Temp42 to 60 F
Jul Temp55 to 76 F
Oct Temp45 to 61 F
Annual Precip38.9 inches
StationPUYALLUP 2 W EXP STN
Distance6.3 miles
Jan Temp33 to 47 F
Apr Temp39 to 61 F
Jul Temp52 to 78 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip40.5 inches
StationMC MILLIN RESERVOIR
Distance11.7 miles
Jan Temp32 to 45 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp51 to 75 F
Oct Temp41 to 59 F
Annual Precip43.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fife9,645$67,262
Fircrest6,660$73,914
Lakewood59,489$56,956
Milton7,239$81,413
Ruston969$97,500
University Place32,342$78,577

Tacoma Public Libraries

Pierce County Library System
3005 112TH STREET EAST
Tacoma, Washington
(253) 548-3300
Tacoma Public Library
1102 TACOMA AVE S
Tacoma, Washington
(253) 292-2001

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Tacoma Hospitals

Va Medical Center - American Lake Division
(Government - Federal)
9600 Veterans Dr Sw
Madigan Army Medical Center
(Government - Federal)
9040 Jackson Ave
(253) 968-1110
Tacoma General Allenmore Hospital
(Non-profit)
315 South K Street
(253) 594-1000
Va Puget Sound Hca American Lake
(Government - Federal)
9900 Veterens Drive Sw
(253) 582-8440
Va Puget Sound Health Care System - American Lake Division
(Government - Federal)
9900 Veterans Drive Sw
(253) 582-8440
Puget Sound Behavioral Health
(Proprietary)
215 S 36th St
(253) 798-4500
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital And Health Center
(Non-profit)
317 Martin Luther King Jr Way
(253) 403-1400
Madigan Army Medical Center
(Government - Federal)
Bldg 9040 Fitzsimmons Dr
(253) 968-1710
St. Joseph Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1717 South J St
(253) 627-4101
Tacoma General Hospital
(Non-profit)
315 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
(253) 403-1000
St. Clare Hospital
(Non-profit)
11315 Bridgeport Way Sw
(253) 588-1711
Allenmore Hospital
(Non-profit)
1901 S. Union Ave
(253) 459-6633
Mary Bridge Childrens Health Center
(Non-profit)
311 South L Street
(253) 403-1000

Tacoma Public Schools

Home Based
601 S 8th St
ZIP: 98401
(253) 571-5100
Tacoma Pierce County Education Center
930 Tacoma Ave S, C/o Miguel Villahermosa
ZIP: 98402
(253) 571-1032
High
Total Enrollment 2
Tacoma School Of The Arts
1102 A St, Suite 200
ZIP: 98402
(253) 571-7900
High
Total Enrollment 521
Jason Lee
602 N Sprague Ave
ZIP: 98403
(253) 571-7700
Middle
Total Enrollment 594
Lowell
810 Mr. Dahl Dr
ZIP: 98403
(253) 571-7200
Primary
Total Enrollment 440
Stadium
111 N E St
ZIP: 98403
(253) 571-3100
High
Total Enrollment 1680
Blix Elementary
1302 E 38th St
ZIP: 98404
(253) 571-7400
Primary
Total Enrollment 494
Boze
1140 E 65th St
ZIP: 98404
(253) 571-4688
Primary
Total Enrollment 374
Fawcett
126 E 60th St
ZIP: 98404
(253) 571-4700
Primary
Total Enrollment 460
First Creek Middle School
1801 E. 56th Street
ZIP: 98404
(253) 571-2700
Middle
Total Enrollment 773
Lister
2106 E 44th St
ZIP: 98404
(253) 571-2900
Primary
Total Enrollment 532
Lyon
101 E 46th St
ZIP: 98404
(253) 571-4800
Primary
Total Enrollment 341
Roosevelt
3550 E Roosevelt Ave
ZIP: 98404
(253) 571-4400
Primary
Total Enrollment 263
Sheridan
5317 E Mckinley Ave
ZIP: 98404
(253) 571-5900
Primary
Total Enrollment 606
Alternative Spcl Needs Div Occ
601 S 8th St
ZIP: 98405
(253) 571-1040
High
Bates Technical High School
1101 South Yakima Avenue
ZIP: 98405
(253) 680-7261
High
Total Enrollment 268
Bryant
717 S Grant Ave
ZIP: 98405
(253) 571-2800
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
Comm Based Trans Program
601 S 8th St
ZIP: 98405
(253) 571-2603
High
Total Enrollment 51
Delong
4901 S 14 St St
ZIP: 98405
(253) 571-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 547
Foss
2112 S Tyler St
ZIP: 98405
(253) 571-7300
High
Total Enrollment 887
Franklin
1402 S Lawrence St
ZIP: 98405
(253) 571-1400
Primary
Total Enrollment 287
Fresh Start
601 S 8th Street
ZIP: 98405
(253) 571-3273
High
Total Enrollment 195
Mccarver
2111 S J St
ZIP: 98405
(253) 571-4900
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
Re-engagement Center
1818 Tacoma Ave S
ZIP: 98405
(253) 571-3273
High
Total Enrollment 196
Special Services
601 S. 8th Street
ZIP: 98405
(253) 571-1224
Other
Total Enrollment 67
Stanley
1712 S 17th St
ZIP: 98405
(253) 571-4500
Primary
Total Enrollment 290
Tacoma Business Academy
1101 South Yakima, C/o John Page/annex Bldg.
ZIP: 98405
(253) 571-1126
High
Tcc Fresh Start
601 S 8th St
ZIP: 98405
(253) 571-1033
High
Day Reporting School
5501 6th Avenue
ZIP: 98406
(253) 571-2677
High
Total Enrollment 18
Downing
2502 N Orchard St
ZIP: 98406
(253) 571-7100
Primary
Total Enrollment 276
Grant
1018 N Prospect St
ZIP: 98406
(253) 571-5400
Primary
Total Enrollment 345
Jefferson
6501 N 23rd St
ZIP: 98406
(253) 571-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 309
Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center
5501 6th Ave
ZIP: 98406
(253) 798-7900
Other
Total Enrollment 33
Skyline
2301 N Mildred St
ZIP: 98406
(253) 571-7800
Primary
Total Enrollment 388
Wilson
1202 N Orchard St
ZIP: 98406
(253) 571-6000
High
Total Enrollment 1268
Mason
3901 N 28th St
ZIP: 98407
(253) 571-7000
Middle
Total Enrollment 827
Point Defiance
4330 N Visscher St
ZIP: 98407
(253) 571-6900
Primary
Total Enrollment 428
Science And Math Institute
5501 N. Pearl St
ZIP: 98407
(253) 571-2300
High
Total Enrollment 459
Sherman
4415 N 38th St
ZIP: 98407
(253) 571-5488
Primary
Total Enrollment 408
Truman
5801 N 35th St
ZIP: 98407
(253) 571-5600
Middle
Total Enrollment 758
Washington
6501 S 10th St
ZIP: 98407
(253) 571-5738
Primary
Total Enrollment 439
Angelo Giaudrone Middle School
4902 S Alaska St
ZIP: 98408
(253) 571-5811
Middle
Total Enrollment 640
Baker
8001 So J Street
ZIP: 98408
(253) 571-5000
Middle
Total Enrollment 697
Birney
1202 S 76th St
ZIP: 98408
(253) 571-4600
Primary
Total Enrollment 444
Mann
1002 S 52nd St
ZIP: 98408
(253) 571-6300
Primary
Total Enrollment 491
Stewart
5010 Pacific Ave
ZIP: 98408
(253) 571-4200
Middle
Total Enrollment 407
Whitman
1120 S 39th St
ZIP: 98408
(253) 571-7272
Primary
Total Enrollment 428
Arlington
3002 S 72nd St
ZIP: 98409
(253) 571-3200
Primary
Total Enrollment 267
Edison
5830 S Pine St
ZIP: 98409
(253) 571-1700
Primary
Total Enrollment 510
Goodwill Ged
714 S 27th St
ZIP: 98409
(253) 571-3273
High
Total Enrollment 33
Gray
6229 S Tyler St
ZIP: 98409
(253) 571-5200
Middle
Total Enrollment 617
Madison Headstart
3102 S 43rd Street
ZIP: 98409
(253) 571-1032
Primary
Total Enrollment 3
Manitou Park
4330 S 66th St
ZIP: 98409
(253) 571-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 620
Mt Tahoma
4634 S 74th Street
ZIP: 98409
(253) 571-3800
High
Total Enrollment 1530
Oakland High School
3319 S Adams St
ZIP: 98409
(253) 571-5100
High
Total Enrollment 234
Wava
2601 S 35th Street Suite 100
ZIP: 98409
(253) 964-1068
High
Total Enrollment 335
Lincoln
701 S 37th St
ZIP: 98418
(253) 571-6700
High
Total Enrollment 1407
Reed
1802 S 36th St
ZIP: 98418
(253) 571-6400
Primary
Total Enrollment 467
Browns Point
1526 51st St Ne
ZIP: 98422
(253) 571-7600
Primary
Total Enrollment 460
Crescent Heights
4110 Nassau Ave Ne
ZIP: 98422
(253) 571-5500
Primary
Total Enrollment 498
Meeker
4402 Nassau Ave Ne
ZIP: 98422
(253) 571-6500
Middle
Total Enrollment 656
Northeast Tacoma
5412 29th St Ne
ZIP: 98422
(253) 571-6933
Primary
Total Enrollment 383
Columbia Junior High School
2901 54th Avenue E
ZIP: 98424
(253) 517-1600
Other
Total Enrollment 581
Fife High School
5616 20th St E
ZIP: 98424
(253) 517-1100
High
Total Enrollment 778
Carter Lake Elementary School
3415 Lincoln Blvd Sw
ZIP: 98439
(253) 583-5210
Primary
Total Enrollment 406
Waller Road Elementary
6312 Waller Rd E
ZIP: 98443
(253) 841-8745
Primary
Total Enrollment 293
Brookdale Elementary
611 132nd Street S
ZIP: 98444
(253) 535-9885
Primary
Total Enrollment 482
Christensen Elementary
10232 Barnes Lane
ZIP: 98444
(253) 535-9887
Primary
Total Enrollment 431
Fern Hill
8442 S Park Ave
ZIP: 98444
(253) 571-3888
Primary
Total Enrollment 362
Gates Open Doors Program
813 132nd St. S.
ZIP: 98444
(253) 298-4000
High
Total Enrollment 13
Gates Secondary School
813 132nd Street S
ZIP: 98444
(253) 298-4000
High
Total Enrollment 185
Helen B. Stafford Elementary
1615 South 92nd St
ZIP: 98444
(253) 571-4300
Primary
Total Enrollment 519
James Sales Elementary
11213 Sheridan Ave S
ZIP: 98444
(253) 535-9891
Primary
Total Enrollment 458
Learning Support
315 129th Street So
ZIP: 98444
(253) 298-3005
Primary
Total Enrollment 81
Perry G Keithley Middle School
12324 12th Ave S
ZIP: 98444
(253) 535-9884
Middle
Total Enrollment 719
Washington High School
12420 Ainsworth Ave S
ZIP: 98444
(253) 535-9881
High
Total Enrollment 967
Chester H Thompson Elementary
303 159th St E
ZIP: 98445
(253) 683-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 524
Elmhurst Elementary School
420 133rd St E
ZIP: 98445
(253) 535-9889
Primary
Total Enrollment 415
Franklin Pierce High School
11002 18th Ave E
ZIP: 98445
(253) 298-3800
High
Total Enrollment 1192
Harvard Elementary
1709 85th Street E
ZIP: 98445
(253) 535-9890
Primary
Total Enrollment 426
Larchmont
8601 E B St
ZIP: 98445
(253) 571-6200
Primary
Total Enrollment 419
Midland Elementary
2300 105th St E
ZIP: 98445
(253) 298-4500
Primary
Total Enrollment 529
Morris Ford Middle School
1602 104th Street East
ZIP: 98445
(253) 535-9883
Middle
Total Enrollment 922
Spanaway Middle School
15701 B Street East
ZIP: 98445
(253) 683-5400
Middle
Total Enrollment 730
Thompson Preschool
15616 5th Ave E
ZIP: 98445
(206) 539-6078
Primary
Total Enrollment 24
Central Avenue Elementary
4505 104th Street E
ZIP: 98446
(253) 535-9886
Primary
Total Enrollment 435
Clover Creek Elementary
16715 36th Avenue East
ZIP: 98446
(253) 683-7800
Primary
Total Enrollment 646
Collins Elementary
4608 128th St E
ZIP: 98446
(253) 535-9888
Primary
Total Enrollment 397
Naches Trail Elementary
15305 Waller Road East
ZIP: 98446
(253) 683-8700
Primary
Total Enrollment 458
Geiger
7401 S 8th St
ZIP: 98465
(253) 571-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 415
Pearl Street Center
815 S Pearl St
ZIP: 98465
(253) 571-2600
Other
Total Enrollment 11
Whittier
777 Elm Tree Ln
ZIP: 98466
(253) 571-7500
Primary
Total Enrollment 498

Tacoma Private Schools

First Presbyterian Church School
20 Tacoma Ave S
ZIP: 98402
Elementary
Total Enrollment 94
Annie Wright Schools
827 N Tacoma Ave
ZIP: 98403
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 403
St Patrick School
1112 N G St
ZIP: 98403
Elementary
Total Enrollment 392
Cascade Christian Schools-tacoma Elementary
1819 E 72nd St
ZIP: 98404
Elementary
Total Enrollment 100
Concordia Lutheran School
202 E 56th St
ZIP: 98404
Elementary
Total Enrollment 213
Bellarmine Preparatory School
2300 S Washington St
ZIP: 98405
Secondary
Total Enrollment 1018
Community Montessori
1407 S I St
ZIP: 98405
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Life Christian School
1717 S Union Ave
ZIP: 98405
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 589
Tacoma Waldorf School
2710 N Madison St
ZIP: 98407
Elementary
Total Enrollment 31
Tacoma Baptist Schools
2052 S 64th St
ZIP: 98409
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 320
Visitation Catholic School
3306 S 58th St
ZIP: 98409
Elementary
Total Enrollment 132
Faith Baptist Christian Academy
5714 29th St Ne
ZIP: 98422
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 65
The Seabury School
1801 53rd St Ne
ZIP: 98422
Elementary
Total Enrollment 73
Mount Rainier Lutheran High School
7306 Waller Rd E
ZIP: 98443
Secondary
Total Enrollment 108
Faith Lutheran School
113 S 96th St
ZIP: 98444
Elementary
Total Enrollment 72
Imagination School
14715 Pacific Ave S # 212
ZIP: 98444
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Parkland Lutheran Church & School
120 123rd St S
ZIP: 98444
Elementary
Total Enrollment 82
Puget Sound Christian School
1740 S 84th St
ZIP: 98444
Elementary
Total Enrollment 54
St Mary's Academy
757 138th St S
ZIP: 98444
Elementary
Total Enrollment 35
Trinity Lutheran Preschool & Childcare
12115 Park Ave S
ZIP: 98444
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Cascade Christian Schools - Fredrickson Elementary
3425 176th St E
ZIP: 98446
Elementary
Total Enrollment 165
St Charles Borromeo School
7112 S 12th St
ZIP: 98465
Elementary
Total Enrollment 479
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