Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third largest in the state. It is about 30 miles south of Seattle and 30 miles northeast of the state capital, Olympia. Tacoma is one of the fastest growing cities in Washington. In 2016, Pierce County had the 18th highest domestic migration in the United States. White Coat RE specializes in Tacoma and Pierce County residential and investment property, so call us, a Tacoma real estate expert, if you are looking to move to the Grit City!
Tacoma serves as the center of business activity for the South Sound region, which has a population of around 1 million. The U.S. Oil and Refining Co. operates an oil refinery on the tide flats in the Port of Tacoma, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord operates south of the city. Both supply thousands of jobs to the local economy along with other employers such as MultiCare Health System, Franciscan Health System, Fred Meyer, and more. Since the 1990s, developments in the downtown core include the University of Washington, Tacoma; Tacoma Link, the first modern electric light rail service in the state; the state’s highest density of art and history museums; and a restored urban waterfront, the Thea Foss Waterway. The Point Ruston waterfront development near Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo has our vote for one of the best places around!
Tacoma’s main public school district is Tacoma Public Schools. The district contains 36 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, and 10 high schools. Henry Foss High School operates an International Baccalaureate program. The area also has numerous private schools, including Evergreen Lutheran High School, the Annie Wright School, Bellarmine Preparatory School, Life Christian Academy, and Charles Wright Academy.
The area is also home to several colleges and universities including: University of Puget Sound, Tacoma Community College, City University of Seattle-Tacoma, Bates Technical College, The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus, Corban University School of Ministry/Tacoma Campus, and University of Washington, Tacoma. Pacific Lutheran University is in Parkland, just south of the city; nearby Lakewood is the home of Clover Park Technical College and Pierce College.
Events, Parks and Recreation
Tacoma offers some of the best parks and cultural attractions in Washington state! From playgrounds, to the Museum of Glass, America’s Car Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, Point Defiance and the zoo, and water sports, the city is brimming with fun things to do! Learn more about these and more awesome activities by visiting Metro Parks Tacoma.
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