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Tacoma is a city in Pierce County, in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for the Indian word for Mount Rainier.

The latitude of Tacoma is 47.253N. The longitude is -122.443W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 243 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 196,790.


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Median household income
Local
$37,879
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Tacoma demographic reports
Tacoma is on Commencement Bay of Puget Sound.
Tacoma was founded as a lumber town; the population soared after the city became the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The railroad moved its headquarters to Seattle in the 1920s.

Large investments of private and public funds since 1990 has sparked a resuscitation of downtown. Development includes new museums, a light rail system and housing rehabilitation.

Public transportation: Pierce Transit, Pierce County Ferries, Sounder Commuter Rail (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 2,154. The number of murders and homicides was 13. The violent crime rate was 10.8 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1992 movie, "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"
Well-known residents have included:
· Bing Crosby, singer and actor
· Dyan Cannon, actress
· Richard Brautigan, writer
· Robert Cray, musician
· Eleanor Donahue, actress
· Gary Larson, cartoonist
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade - April 21, 2007
  • Jazz & Blues Festival - April 21, 2007
  • Commencement Bay Maritime Fest - Sept. 15-16, 2007
  • Ethnic Fest - July 28-29, 2007
  • LouieFest - Aug. 18-19, 2007
Dates often change. Check Tacoma web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Northwest Sinfonietta
Nearby parks & recreation: Point Defiance Park
Tacoma attractions: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Sports teams: Rainiers (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Washington State History Museum, Fort Nisqually, Tacoma Art Museum, Camp 6 Logging Museum, Commencement Bay Maritime Center, Museum of Glass, Children's Museum of Tacoma, Job Carr Cabin Museum
Colleges and universities: University of Washington, University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 123

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Tacoma demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Pierce County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Tacoma area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 98406 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

15% of Tacoma residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Tacoma ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Tacoma was $19,130, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

20% of Tacoma residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Tacoma, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $513.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,107.


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Libraries in Tacoma include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, Fern Hill Branch Library, Kobetich Branch Library, Moore Branch Library, Mottet Branch Library, Parkland/Spanaway Public Library, South Tacoma Branch Library, Summit Library, Swan Creek Branch Library, Swasey Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Tacoma include News Tribune, Tacoma Weekly

TV stations in Tacoma include KBTC, KCPQ, KSTW, KTBW, KWDK.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KPLU-FM.

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Pierce County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Tacoma political report.

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Tacoma restaurants taking online reservations include Asado, Blue Olive, C.I. Shenanigans, Indochine Asian Dining Lounge, Pacific Grill, Stanley & Seafort's, The Melting Pot - Tacoma, Varsity Grill ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Tacoma workers is 25 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 49 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Tacoma between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Tacoma, WA

Pros: Point Defiance Park and Beach, the ferry (go see the whales and otters-sometimes they come right up to the ferry), deliciously seedy bar scene, lots of great coffeeshops, good public transportation system...

Cons: Crime...

This is a good place to Run the Sound To Narrows footrace, attend the Taste of Tacoma festival, see the Dale Chihuly (he's a local) glass museum, work and live and go to school.

General info: Be sure to see the Point Defiance Park-it's a rare gem

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