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Tacoma, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Tacoma is the 3rd largest city in Washington with a population of 215,291 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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, 2018)


Total Population 215,291
Population in Households 208,895
Population in Familes 154,033
Population in Group Qrtrs 6,396
Population Density2 4,329
Diversity Index3 70


Median Household Income $55,391
Average Household Income $74,948
Per Capita Income $30,193


Total Housing Units 91,878 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 43,913 (47.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 40,526 (44.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 7,440 ( 8.1%)
Median Home Value $259,388
Average Home Value $335,285


Total Households 84,438
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 48,610
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.0% 1.25%
Households 0.88% 1.25%
Families 0.75% 1.12%
Median Household Income   2.5%
Per Capita Income   2.87%

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, 2018 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 Density # 35 95th
Diversity Index # 69 89th
Median Household Income # 361 43rd
Per Capita Income # 312 50th

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