Tacoma : Washington

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What it's Like to Retire in Tacoma

Tacoma is a port city of 200,000 on Puget Sound, about 32 miles southwest of Seattle. Commencement Bay is the deep water port for the City, one reason why Tacoma was chosen as the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railway in the late 1800's. The University of Washington has a branch in Tacoma. The city has invested heavily in restoring the downtown, which has numerous museums and theaters. Photo of the historic South J St. neighborhood courtesy of Wikipedia and Ben Cody.

Where to Retire in Tacoma and Home Prices

Tacoma has several nice neighborhoods that are suitable for retirees as well as families with children. Some of them include North Tacoma, Old Town, Ruston area, University Place, and Fircrest. Several people have suggested the urban condos in the downtown as being an attractive alternative. There are also active adult communities in the area (see link at top right).  Zillow.com reported the price to be about $237,000 in mid-2016.


What is special about Tacoma

Tacoma has numerous parks enjoyed by its residents. At 700 acres, Point Defiance Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country. It has a scenic 5 mile drive through it.  Ruston Way is a waterfront area with several parks.

What is not special about Tacoma

The crime rate is high.

Who will like retirement in Tacoma

People who want to live in a mid-sized city with good access to the outdoors and the water might like it here.

Local economy is driven by

The port is very important to the local economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Tacoma is located on Puget Sound in western Washington. The median January temperature is in the low 40's. Most winter months tend to have annual precipitation between 5 and 6 inches, with the summer months relatively dry.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

In restored downtown Tacoma there is a thriving Theatre District with the 89-year-old Pantages Theater as its anchor. The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts manages the Pantages, the Rialto Theater, and the Theatre on the Square. Other attractions include the Grand Cinema and the Temple Theatre. Other museums include the Washington State History Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Museum of Glass. A car museum is under construction.


The crime rate in Tacoma is almost double the national average, including all categories of crime.

Medical facilities

St. Joseph Medical Center and Tacoma General Allenmore serve the Tacoma area.


There is a commuter bus service to Seattle, as well as a 1.6 mile light rail to the UW-Tacoma campus. Seattle and Tacoma share a very large airport.

Valuable Links

Tacoma Visitors Bureau


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Facts about TACOMA
  • State: WA
  • Environment: College Town,Small-mid Sized City,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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