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Tacoma, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Tacoma is the 3rd largest city in Washington with a population of 217,721 as of July 1, 2019. 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 47.2529 and longitude -122.4443 in Pierce County. The formal boundaries for the City of Tacoma 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, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Tacoma, WA Housing Affordability Index is 95
State of Washington Housing Affordability Index is 95
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Tacoma, WA Wealth Index is 81
State of Washington Wealth Index is 118
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 217,721 (100%)
Population in Households 211,409 (97.1%)
Population in Families 154,206 (70.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 6,312 ( 2.9%)
Population Density 4,380
Diversity Index2 70
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $58,594
Average Household Income $77,795
Per Capita Income $30,980
Wealth Index4 81

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 92,782 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 48,307 (52.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 37,522 (40.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,953 ( 7.5%)
Median Home Value $286,270
Housing Affordability Index3 95
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 85,829
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 49,261
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 1.01% 1.2%
Households 0.96% 1.24%
Families 0.81% 1.1%
Median Household Income   3.06%
Per Capita Income   2.94%

Tacoma, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Tacoma to the other 625 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 36 94th
Diversity Index # 69 89th
Median Household Income # 353 44th
Per Capita Income # 309 51st

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