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Living in Tacoma, Washington:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Tacoma, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked seven people living in Tacoma what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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The weather where I live may play a vital part in your decision to move where I live or not. People who are not fans of the rain should not move here because it rains more often than not. The rain is subtle but unfortunately constant. It rains at least a week out of the month.

Olivier, says: 2020

Tacoma, WA is a glamorous city filled with bits and wonder. It has tons of character. And, it is unique in its tradition and cultures. my city is most though for its artsy and eccentric pop culture. If you are into the arts, then this city would be a good fit for you.

Michael, 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.

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

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

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

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

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