Just 20 minutes away from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, lies the birthplace of the world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. Tacoma is a diverse hub for artists, foodies, entrepreneurs and small business owners. Tacoma is filled with charming neighborhoods with big city amenities. Many urbanites are drawn to downtown Tacoma for its competitively priced living with mountain, city and water views. Tacoma is a city on the rise.
CURRENT POPULATION INFO: 211,304 (2017), Median Age: 35, Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 27.7%, Median Home Price: $239,100, Median Household Income: $55,996 (2016)
FUTURE GROWTH: Forecasted/Planned growth of 127,000 by 2040
Tacoma Public Schools is one of the largest districts in Washington State serving approximately 30,000 children in preschool through grade 12. The district has 35 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, 10 high schools and four early learning centers. Seventeen schools are designated as innovative, with our 18th opening in the fall. Tacoma Public Schools has nearly 5,000 employees and is one of the largest employers in Tacoma.
The district has been a “lighthouse” district for many years and often leads the way for the state’s 296 districts in piloting new programs and implementing innovative ideas.