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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.
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.
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 98408 ZIP code.
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.
20% of Tacoma residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Median rent in Tacoma, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $513. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,107.
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
TV stations in Tacoma include KBTC, KCPQ, KSTW, KTBW, KWDK.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KPLU-FM.
Pierce County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Tacoma political report.
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
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.
Tacoma, WAPros: 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...
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 gemBlog about Tacoma
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