Tacoma, WA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Tacoma, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Tacoma is the 3rd largest city in Washington with a population of 207,621 as of July 1, 2016. Tacoma ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Washington. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Tacoma is located at latitude 47.2522 and longitude -122.4598 in Pierce County. The formal boundaries for the City of Tacoma (see map below) encompass a land area of 49.73 sq. miles and a water area of 12.68 sq. miles. Pierce County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 249 feet.

The City of Tacoma (GNIS ID: 2412025) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Tacoma is located within Tacoma Division of Pierce County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Tacoma population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Tacoma: Chebaulip, Commencement City, Puyallup, T'kope, T'kopt.

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Tacoma, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 207,621
Population in Households 201,316
Population in Familes 147,544
Population in Group Qrtrs 6,305
Population Density1 4,175
Diversity Index2 69


Total Households 82,028
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 47,318
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 90,283 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 42,936 (47.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 39,092 (43.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 8,255 ( 9.1%)
Median Home Value $234,219
Average Home Value $295,236


Median Household Income $51,195
Average Household Income $67,142
Per Capita Income $27,342
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.73% 0.9%
Households 0.7% 0.88%
Families 0.55% 0.79%
Median Household Income   0.96%
Per Capita Income   1.63%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Tacoma, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Tacoma to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 3 100th
Population Density1 # 34 95th
Diversity Index2 # 70 89th
Median Household Income # 359 43rd
Per Capita Income # 308 51st

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