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Why Tacoma?

You’ve come to the right place! Find out what makes Tacoma a great place to do business.

tacoma at a glance

Tacoma isn’t your average city. Located in the Pacific Northwest, just 30 miles south of Seattle, it is situated along the shores of Puget Sound and within sight of majestic Mount Rainier. Tacoma is the main hub of business activity for the South Puget Sound and is anchored by major employers, such as State Farm Insurance, TrueBlue, DaVita, Multicare Health System, Franciscan Health System and Columbia Bank. It is also home to an eclectic mix of small and local independent businesses clustered throughout the downtown and residential neighborhoods.

Over the past two decades, Tacoma has transformed itself from a former lumber town to a city with nationally recognized museums, a University of Washington branch campus and a vibrant arts community. Rich in maritime history, the Port of Tacoma handles the 10th highest volume of cargo traffic in the United States. Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), the country’s third largest military base, is located just down the road along Interstate 5.


The hometown of crooner Bing Crosby, musicians Neko Case and Vicci Martinez, football star Marcus Trufant, sportscaster Ahmad Rashad and glass artist Dale Chihuly, Tacoma is home to an eclectic mix of residents. With a population just above  200,000, Tacoma is the third largest city in Washington … read more

Quality of Life

  There’s no doubt about it, people come to the Pacific Northwest for its beautiful scenery, outdoor adventures and laid-back atmosphere. Everywhere you go, you’re surrounded by spectacular views of Commencement Bay, the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier. Whether you … read more

Downtown + Neighborhoods

Find out what makes downtown Tacoma and the neighborhood business districts popular places to locate a business. Downtown Tacoma Downtown Tacoma has an eclectic mix of museums, unique shops, professional service firms and fine restaurants. It’s a perfect place to … read more

Universities + Colleges

Tacoma is home to four of the region’s top-rated universities and several community colleges. With over 55,000 students attending courses at local universities and colleges, Tacoma is infused with the energy of young hipsters. Here are some fast facts: Bates Technical College Bates Technical College … read more

Arts Scene

Tacoma has often been described as one of the hotspots for artists in the Pacific Northwest. Glass Blowing. Sculpture. Theater. Painting. Music. You name it, we’ve got it. The world-renowned Chihuly Bridge of Glass greets visitors as they arrive to … read more