Moving to Tacoma

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Moving to Tacoma

The city in Washington State, named after a massive volcano, Tacoma is becoming a more and more attractive place to live in. Musicians, writers, entrepreneurs and young families are the primaryresidence in this very affordable city, much cheaper than Seattle, WA. You can read everything about relocating to Tacoma below.



People who love long hot summers and enjoy sunny days more,shouldn’t move to Tacoma, Washington. From Octobertill the end of June, the dark season starts in the city when skies are mostly cloudy, and rainy season lasts about six months. The temperatures in Tacoma are rarely going below 30 degrees or above 90 degrees. But there is not much snow in Tacoma. Only about 0.1″ per year. When moving to Tacoma, you probably will need heat for some of those chilly winter nights, and it is okay not to have air conditioning there.


Cost of Living


When moving to Tacoma, North End and Eastside are two the most affordable areas with prices from $500 to $750 for 1-bedroom apartments per month. Central, South End, and South Tacoma are in the middle with prices from $800 to  $1,000 for 1-bedroom monthly rents. New Tacoma, Northeast Tacoma, and the West End are the areas with the highest rates for leases, around $1,100 to $1,600 for 1-bedroom apartments per month.

That’s mean when moving to Tacoma, the average price in the city for one-bedroom apartments is $1,160 per month. At the beginning of 2018, it was considerred the 7th highest rent costs in the U. S. Talking about numbers in Tacoma, the cost of living there ranks 5.2% higher than the average amount in the United States, but the cost of living index in Tacoma is 5 points less than Washington State. If you want to move to Tacoma and settle down there, the average home value in Tacoma is around $260,000.

Here are some average numbers to give you a better idea about the cost of living in Tacoma:

a list price of homes$219,950
household electricity$128 per month
water bill$32 per month
curbside garbage pickup$20-$100
healthcare$3600 per year
cost of gas$2.63 per gallon




When you live in Tacoma, you are just a 45 minute drive from Seattle. Read (“Moving to Seattle”). But there are also a lot of museums and art galleries, top-notch restaurants and art-centers for everyone right in Tacoma! Stay entertained and spend an exciting,an enjoyable time will not be much of an issue in this city. The Tacoma Museum of Glass Hot Shop and Chihuly Bridge of Glass; Wright Park, Point Defiance Park Zoo, and Titlow Park for outdoor activities, or Tacoma’s many craft breweries are some places you need to visit when moving to Tacoma!



To get somewhere in Tacoma you need to have a car or use public transportation because everything is pretty spread out in the city. There are Pierce Transit System for buses and light rail serving the people for public transit. $2.63 per gallon is the price for gas and from $2.00 to $5.00 is the range of the average bus fare in Tacoma, WA. Still, Tacoma is a reasonably walkable and bikeable city, the average commute in the town is 25-30 minutes. If you are moving to Tacoma with your car, you will need to register and update your address at the Tacoma DMV office. Rush hour can last for nearly 4 hours (at the beginning and end of weekdays) and tends to be very unpredictable in Tacoma. The morning rush hour in Tacoma is from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. The evening rush hour in Tacoma can be anywhere between 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Do not forget to check the traffic when you are planning to go to Seattle from Tacoma!


For those who enjoy caffeine, music, art, and museums, and would like to have a cost of living that’s cheaper than in Seattle, it is a good idea to move to Tacoma. To both families and young professionals; the city is attractive if they are looking for the comforts of a town but with a more suburban feel at the same time.


Chris Jonas
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