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Moving to Tacoma? Here are the Essentials to Know

Tacoma is an urban port city housing diverse neighborhoods, delicious food, and rich culture. It has everything you’d want in a big city, but made more accessible and affordable. Also known as the “City of Destiny,” Tacoma is a gateway to the Pacific Northwest, and it gets a lot of foot traffic from tourists and locals who want to experience everything the city has to offer. Thinking of moving to Tacoma? Here are a few things you need to know.

  1. The Cost   

While it is by no means a cheap city to live in, Tacoma’s housing expenses are 3 percent lower than the national average. The median home price in Tacoma is $337,631 as opposed to nearby cities like Seattle, which stands at a whopping $723,300. The average monthly rent in Tacoma is just a little over $1,000 as opposed to Seattle’s $2,167 per month. If you want big city living with small town prices, Tacoma is a great option for you.

  1. The Weather

Despite the Pacific Northwest having a notorious reputation for having an all-around rainy season, Tacoma doesn’t really experience that much rainfall. On average, Tacoma receives less than 40 inches of rain per year, less than the annual amount of rainfall that cities such as New York or Boston receive. And the best part is those 40 inches of rainfall never show up during the summer, so you’re pretty much free to do whatever you like when the warmer months roll in.

  1. The Food

Due to its cultural diversity, you can find a fix for your various cravings in Tacoma. The city is brimming with coffee shops, dive bars, pubs, dessert shops, and a wide selection of restaurants. Moreover, being America’s apple country, Tacoma has a wide array of local orchards that you can go to for apple picking. If picking is not your thing, don’t worry. There are cider mills ready to serve you freshly made ciders and apple wine.

  1. The Places

No matter where you look, Tacoma is enveloped in beautiful landscapes. Just an hour and a half from Tacoma, Mt. Rainier watches over the city with its snowcapped peaks, inviting you to come and visit. Meanwhile, Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park is a 700-acre land that houses vast gardens, walking trails, forests, a zoo, an aquarium, and even beaches. Whether you’re into camping, hiking, kayaking, or you just want to experience life outdoors, Tacoma has everything you need to be in touch with nature.

  1. The Culture

Tacoma takes massive pride in its colorful cultural diversity. The city is especially proud of its Native American roots, having gotten its name from the Native American name for Mt. Rainier: Tacobet, meaning “Mother of the Waters”. The city doesn’t only enjoy coffee, it celebrates wine and beer festivals as well. For sports fans, Tacoma is extremely passionate about two things: The Mariners and the Seahawks.

So are you ready to make Tacoma your new home? Or maybe relocate to a bigger property in the City of Destiny? Buying or selling a property can be daunting, especially if you are not familiar with the Tacoma real estate market. This is where our real estate brokers come in. The Metropolist Real Estate firm offers an extensive array of solutions to make your real estate transactions more convenient for you.


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