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Is Tacoma, Washington a good place to live? How is the quality of life?

five local experts

While quality of life is something of an elusive or ill-defined concept, it can be boiled down to "Is Tacoma a good place to live?" or "Is Tacoma a bad place to live?" Here's what five local experts had to say about quality of life and overall happiness in Tacoma, Washington.

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Tacoma is a great city, because it is located close to Seattle, but doesn’t come with the same high cost of living. For nature lovers, there are plenty of hikes, day trips and adventures located nearby in places such as Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound and the Hoh Rainforest.

Gracie, says: 2020

In moving to Tacoma, the first thing to keep in mind is that Tacoma is NOT Seattle, and don’t you forget it. While it isdiverse, the blue-collar City of Destiny is much smaller and, we like to think, more grounded than its larger, younger neighbor to the north. Tacoma has some fierce local pride, and paired with the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest (we’re an hour’s drive from no fewer than five national parks!) and the more-homey-than-hipster vibe, it is a fantastic place.

Angela, says: 2020

When deciding to relocate to the Tacoma, Washington area, one must consider this. We are within two hours driving time to either the gorgeous and scenic Washington coastline, or the mountains. There’s excellent schools and several business opportunities available. There are many beautiful parks and entertainment venues. The Washington state fair draws huge crowds of people from all over the country. It’s a great place!

Samantha, says: 2020

Tacoma had a very bad reputation about 10 year ago. It no longer holds the title for worst city, thank God! The streets are clean, there’s plenty of work, and it’s very family oriented. A nice city to move your family if you have small children. The only downside that I have noticed more and more lately is homelessness I’m afraid.

Joshua, says: 2020

Tacoma is a beautiful port city with one of a kind eateries and coffee shops. It is a sprawling city that gives way into rural farmland the further east you go. If you like big city, bustling waterfronts with beautiful views than I recommend visiting Tacoma. Seafood is a hot commodity in Tacoma with many waterfront restaurants to choose from.

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