Tacoma Real Estate Information
Tacoma is one of the most populous cities in the entire Pacific Northwest, and the third largest in the state of Washington. Tacoma is a port city, and serves as the county seat of Pierce County, the second most populous county in the state. Tacoma is situated midway between Seattle and Olympia, and has a population of approximately one hundred ninety six thousand five hundred residents, a three thousand person increase over the last census. Tacoma has the nickname of the “City of Destiny”, and became a prominent city after the Northern Pacific Railroad placed the terminus of its rail line in the area. Tacoma takes its name from the nearby Mount Rainier, which was originally named Mount Tahoma or Tacoma, and is found near the scenic Puget Sound.
Tacoma has recently attained national recognition for its first-in-the-state electric light rail, which is one of the reasons that the city has been noted as being among the most walkable and liveable areas in the entire United States. The area which now constitutes Tacoma was first inhabited by Native American tribes, especially the Puyallup, and was subsequently explored by individuals including George Vancouver and Charles Wilkes. Tacoma was officially incorporated as a city in the year eighteen seventy five, and was arguably the most important settlement in the Pacific Northwest until the turn of the century and the discovery of gold in the Klondike.
Tacoma's early nineteen nineties cultural revival led to the establishment of a number of significant buildings and sites, including a branch of the University of Washington, the restored Union Station, the Museum of Glass, the Washington State History Museum, the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, the Rainbow Center, the Tacoma Art Museum, and America's Car Museum. Educational opportunities in Tacoma are offered primarily by the Tacoma Public Schools, in addition to the Annie Wright School, Bellarmine Preparatory School, the University of Puget Sound, and Tacoma Community College. Parks in Tacoma include Wapato Park, Titlow Beach, Jefferson Park, Frost Park, Wright Park, and Owen Beach.