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About Tacoma

202,010 in city
4,158,253 in metro
129 km² (50 mi²)
116 m
Tacoma was founded in 1864, incorporated in 1872, moved four miles to present location in 1880, and reincorporated in 1884. Washington's third largest city and seat of Pierce County. Gateway to Mount Rainier National Park (natives called it Tahoma) and a very busy seaport, Tacoma refers to itself as "The City of Destiny." Strategically it is key to the US military with Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base nearby. Tacoma is renewing itself like many cities and has restored much of its central district, added world class museums, urban housing, and a light rail system. Today, citizens are justifiably proud of their "All-America City." Pierce County is the second most populous county in Washington State.

Metro Cities

Allyn, Anacortes, Anderson Island, Arlington, Ashford, Auburn, Bainbridge Island, Bangor, Baring, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Bow, Bremerton, Bucoda, Burien, Burley, Burlington, Burton, Camano, Camp Murray, Carbonado, Carnation, Cascade-Fairwood, Cathcart, Cedar Falls, Clearlake, Clyde Hill, Concrete, Conway, Cottage Lake, Coupeville, Des Moines, Dupont, East Olympia, East Renton Highlands, Edmonds, Elk Plain, Enumclaw, Everett, Fall City, Federal Way, Fife, Fircrest, Fox Island, Gig Harbor, Gold Bar, Graham, Granite Falls, Greenbank, Hamilton, Hansville, Hobart, Hunts Point, Index, Indianola, Inglewood - Finn Hill, Issaquah, Kapowsin, Kenmore, Kent, Keyport, Kingston, Kirkland, La Conner, La Grande, Lacey, Lake Forest Park, Lake Stevens, Lakebay, Lakeland, Lakewood, Langley, Lea Hill, Littlerock, Lochsloy, Longbranch, Longmire, Lyman, Lynnwood, Manchester, Maple Valley, Marblemount, Marysville, McKenna, Medina, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Milton, Monroe, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Newcastle, Normandy Park, North Bend, Oak Harbor, Olalla, Olympia, Orting, Pacific, Parkland, Port Gamble, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Puyallup, Quil Ceda Village, Rainier, Ravensdale, Redmond, Renton, Retsil, Rockport, Rollingbay, Roy, Ruston, Sammamish, Seabeck, SeaTac, Seattle, Sedro Woolley, Shelton, Shoreline, Silvana, Silver Firs, Silverdale, Skykomish, Snohomish, Snoqualmie, South Colby, South Hill, South Prairie, Southworth, Spanaway, Stanwood, Startup, Steilacoom, Sultan, Summit, Sumner, Suquamish, Tacoma, Tenino, Tracyton, Tukwila, Tulalip, Tumwater, University Place, Vashon, Vaughn, Waller, Wauna, West Lake Stevens, White Center, Wilkeson, Woodinville, Woods Creek, Woodway, Yarrow Point, Yelm

No. of Buildings

No. Current status
177 All Buildings
under construction

Tallest Buildings

# Building Height Year
1 Wells Fargo Plaza 338 ft 1970
2 Hotel Murano 245 ft 1984
3 Washington Building 237 ft 1925
4 Tacoma Municipal Building 233 ft 1931
5 Key Bank Center 232 ft 1911