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Best Cities 2010: Tacoma, WA

City: Tacoma

State: Washington

Best Cities Overall Rank: 64

About Tacoma:

Tacoma is home to the Museum of Glass, which has stunning glass structures such as the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, the Seaform Pavilion, the Crystal Towers and the Venetian Wall.

Tacoma has 2,721 acres of parkland, which includes Mount Rainier National Park where the elevation ranges from 1,880 feet to 14,411 feet.

County: Pierce

Population: 197,181

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitors' bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The News Tribune 

Tacoma blogs:

Word on the Street

Tacomamama

In Your Neighborhood

Tacoma's Facebook page: Follow Tacoma on Facebook 

Tacoma's Twitter page: Follow Tacoma on Twitter 

 

Education rank: 52

High School graduation rate 2008: 71.8%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 2

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.01

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 1

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 0.51

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 267

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 18.1

Total Expenditures Per Student: $12,772

 

Health rank: 58

Quality children's hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.51

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 1.33

 

Safety rank: 69

Violent Crimes, 2008: 1965

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 996.55

Sex Offenders: 389

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 197.28

 

Economy rank: 38           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 25.1

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 9.6           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 516.3

Median Home Sale Price: $206,700                         

5-Year Home Value Index: 1.05%                         

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 25.79%           

 

Recreation Rank: 47

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 2,721.75           

Parkland per 100,000: 1,380.33

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