Rental market snapshot for Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma, Washington Rental Property Market Overview

The average rent for an apartment in Tacoma is $2,069. The cost of rent varies depending on several factors, including location, size, and quality.

The average rent has decreased by -3.0% over the past year.

Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city in and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. The city is on Washington's Puget Sound, 32 miles (51 km) southwest of Seattle (of which it is the largest satellite city), 31 miles (50 km) northeast of the state capital, Olympia, and 58 miles (93 km) northwest of Mount Rainier National Park. Tacoma also serves as the center of business activity for the South Sound region, which has a population of around 1 million. Tacoma adopted its name after the nearby Mount Rainier, originally called Takhoma or Tahoma. It is locally known as the "City of Destiny" because the area was chosen to be the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the late 19th century. The decision of the railroad was influenced by Tacoma's neighboring deep-water harbor, Commencement Bay. By connecting the bay with the railroad, Tacoma's motto became "When rails meet sails."

Last Updated December 23, 2022

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Average monthly rent graph in Tacoma Washington | Cost of Living

  • The most expensive ZIP Code in Tacoma is 98422 with an average price of $2,695
  • The cheapest ZIP Code in Tacoma is 98499 with an average price of $1,295

Tacoma ZIP Codes with the highest, most expensive rent

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Live near Tacoma, Washington's Top Sights and Attractions

Peck Field is a historic baseball stadium located in Tacoma, Washington. The stadium was home to the Tacoma Tigers minor league baseball team from 1912 to 1938. The stadium has a capacity of 3,500 people and is currently used by the University of Washington Tacoma for its baseball and softball teams.

Pdza Grounds is an attraction located in Tacoma, Washington that features a variety of animals, including lions, tigers, and bears. Visitors can view the animals up close, and learn about their natural habitats and behaviors.

Jefferson Park is a beautiful, serene park located in the heart of Tacoma. The park is home to a variety of birds and wildlife, and features a large pond, walking trails, and a playground. Jefferson Park is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

SERA Playground and Sprayground is an attraction located in Tacoma, Washington that features a playground, sprayground, and picnic area. The playground features a variety of equipment for children of all ages, including slides, swings, and climbing structures. The sprayground is a water play area with spraying fountains, jets, and sprinklers. The picnic area includes tables and chairs for families to enjoy a meal or snack.

Point Defiance Park is a large urban park in Tacoma, Washington. The park is located on a peninsula and features several miles of hiking trails, a beach, a marina, and a zoo.

Point Defiance Boathouse Grounds is a public park located on the waterfront in Tacoma, Washington. The park features a boathouse, picnic areas, a playground, and a walking trail. The boathouse is available for rentals and features a large deck overlooking the water.

The University of Puget Sound is a private university located in Tacoma, Washington. The university was founded in 1888 and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The university has an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students. The university's campus is located on a hill overlooking downtown Tacoma and the Puget Sound. The university is known for its strong programs in the liberal arts and sciences.

Wapato Park is a public park located in Tacoma, Washington. The park is situated on the north bank of the Thea Foss Waterway, and features a variety of amenities including a playground, picnic tables, a walking trail, and a public art installation.

Tacoma, Washington area median rent change by ZIP Code map

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How does Tacoma compare to other cities in Washington ?

citymedian price
Gig Harbor$2,310
Des Moines$2,595
North Bend$2,890
Mill Creek$2,505

Average household income in Tacoma area graph - US Census

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The median household income in Tacoma in 2021 was $64,457. This represents a 30.9% change from 2011 when the median was $49,232.

0Less than $10,0005.9%
1$10,000 to $14,9994.1%
2$15,000 to $19,9993.6%
3$20,000 to $24,9993.8%
4$25,000 to $29,9994.0%
5$30,000 to $34,9994.1%
6$35,000 to $39,9993.8%
7$40,000 to $44,9994.8%
8$45,000 to $49,9993.7%
9$50,000 to $59,9998.5%
10$60,000 to $74,99910.8%
11$75,000 to $99,99913.5%
12$100,000 to $124,99910.9%
13$125,000 to $149,9996.3%
14$150,000 to $199,9996.9%
15$200,000 or more5.4%

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