Spoiled by the natural scenery, Tacoma, Washington is a city that has access to mountains, rivers, and lakes while simultaneously being rich in culture. With festivals and museums, residents of Tacoma always have plenty of choices for entertainment, and with a neighboring city like Seattle, there’s plenty to do nearby. The weather also gives residents the ability to enjoy all the city has to offer year round without having to worry about snowstorms or heat waves as the climate stays relatively mild throughout the seasons.
Climate & Geography
Located in Western Washington, the city has many hills and is accessible to mountains, rivers, and lakes. The weather is mild with winters that rarely fall below 45 degrees, and summers that rarely go above 70s. Tacoma is located nearby the Mount Rainier active volcano that erupts every 500 years.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Tacoma has a lot to offer in recreational activities for all walks of life. The geographic location gives Tacoma residents the option of hiking and long strolls through the state’s largest mountain. Other attractions include Point Defiance Park, LeMay America’s Car Museum, 5 Mile Drive and Trails, Museum of Glass.
The city has many festivals throughout the year including the Daffodil Festival and Norwegian Heritage Festival. The city is also a short drive away from Seattle. Whether residents prefer to live a quiet life enjoying the natural landscapes of Tacoma, or they like to explore all there is to offer in culture and entertainment, there are numerous options in the area.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Tacoma’s cost of living index falls below Washington's, but is higher than the national average. The primary reason for this is housing. However, Washington state does not have personal income taxes, including Social Security benefits or retirement income. Even though the state does levy property taxes, there are tax relief programs for senior citizens, disabled persons, widowers, veterans, and for those with limited income.
Local hospitals like St. Joseph Medical Center-Tacoma and MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital are high performing hospitals recognized by U.S News for several specialties, including heart failure and lung cancer. Other hospitals include St. Clare Hospital, MultiCare Tacoma, Western State Hospital, and St. Francis Hospital- Federal Way.