City Profile

A city on the rise, Tacoma’s revitalized downtown and ideal location offer plenty of opportunities for growth and investment.

South Sound Proud

From where we sit we can see from the connected waters of the Puget Sound to the misty top of Mount Rainier. It humbles us – but not too much – we know we are something special. We are South Sound Proud.

Tacoma Cityscape: Dome District Crowd
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With a population of more than 213,000 people, Tacoma includes a young and diverse mix of cultures, with 41% of the population under 30. Tacoma’s workers can get an education and training at one of Tacoma’s higher-education institutions, including the University of Washington Tacoma in downtown. With a median household income of $53,553 and a median home value of $288,700, Tacoma offers the best of both worlds: an affordable lifestyle and an incredible quality of life.

Point Ruston Mountain View
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Located 30 miles south of Seattle and 140 miles north of Portland, Tacoma is surrounded by Puget Sound to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east. Tacoma’s ideal location offers access to an efficient supply chain, international trade, and the vast Pacific Northwest consumer market. Tacoma is also one of the closest ports to Alaska and Pacific Rim markets–equipping you to get shipments to Asia several days faster than Californian ports. Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), the fourth largest military base in the country that employs more than 50,000 people, is also located about 10 miles south of the city.

Sound transit downtown Tacoma
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Public Transportation

With an average commute of about 15 minutes, Tacoma offers an incredibly-efficient public transportation system, with a combination of commuter rail, light rail, buses, and ferries. Tacoma Link was the first modern electric light rail service in the state and takes riders from one end of downtown to the other–for free. Likewise, Sound Transit offers affordable and environmentally-friendly transportation throughout Pierce County, with route pick-ups about every 30-60 minutes. Learn more about Tacoma’s transportation infrastructure.

Union Station Building: Tacoma, Washington
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Local Government

The City of Tacoma is committed to providing high-quality, innovative, and transparent municipal services that enhance lives and grow businesses. The City operates under a Council-Manager form of government, with eight council members and a mayor. As Tacoma’s policy-making group, the City Council serves as the link between Tacoma residents and their municipal government; they’re responsible for enacting and amending City laws, adopting the Biennial Budget, appointing citizen boards, committees and commissions, and providing guidance and direction for actions which affect the quality of life in the City. Learn more about Tacoma’s government here.

I-5 cars at night
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Tacoma is the “wired” city, with a reliable, high-speed fiber-optic network and publicly-owned broadband system, Click!. Utility rates are also among the lowest in the country and hydroelectric power, one of the most sustainable forms of energy, is abundant throughout the city. Learn more about Tacoma Public Utilities.

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