In the 1800’s Tacoma took on the nickname “City of Destiny” when it beat Seattle to become the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The rail access, combined with a bustling port, solidified the blue-collared and diverse population that still exists today. Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city located on the Puget Sound and is a major maritime shipping hub. This industrial city has experienced ebbs and flows of prosperity over the years that mirror other major American manufacturing epicenters. Recent downtown revitalization efforts have helped to bring back the cultural offerings of the city and draw more residents and tourists in.
Young professionals, singles and younger military tend to show interest in Tacoma. Families often focus on areas outside of the city for more space and school considerations, but younger couples and singles enjoy the amenities and social pace of a larger city. Families tend to settle in the suburbs and outskirts to the north and east.
Condos, apartments, townhomes, single family homes — you name it — are available in Tacoma. Nautical, historic neighborhoods are found nearer the water and in pockets throughout Northeast Tacoma. Newer developments and buildings are becoming more widely available and offer fantastic amenities. Most of the area is walkable to dining, shopping and entertainment.