The City of Tacoma (population 199,600) is an international, ethnically diverse community and the third largest city in the State of Washington. With a backdrop of Mt. Rainier, the Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges and Puget Sound, residents enjoy the Northwest’s pristine environment and natural recreational opportunities. Three times named an All-American City by the National Civic League, in 2004 Tacoma-Pierce County was rated as one of only five of “America’s Most Livable Regional Communities.”
The community supports professional theater and dance companies, classical and contemporary musical events including a resident symphony orchestra, chamber of orchestra and opera company, numerous community theaters, art galleries, art and historical museums and a AAA baseball team.
The City is served by excellent public and private educational facilities, including the University of Washington Tacoma, Evergreen State College, two private universities, three community/technical colleges, and numerous trade and business schools. Only 27 miles from Seattle, Tacoma is close enough to enjoy all the advantages of a major metropolitan area nearby.