Tacoma (Washington)

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Coordinates 47°14′29″N 122°27′34″W
Country United States
State Washington
County Pierce
Incorporated November 12, 1875
Elevation 243 ft (74 m)
Demonym(s) Tacoman (plural: Tacomans)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific (PST))
ZIP codes Zip codes 98001, 98002, 98071, 98092, 98401–98409, 98411–98413, 98415, 98416, 98418, 98421, 98422, 98424, 98430, 98431, 98433, 98438, 98439, 98442–98447, 98450, 98455, 98460, 98464, 98465, 98466, 98467, 98471, 98477, 98481, 98492, 98493, 98497–98499
Area code 253
FIPS code 53-70000
GNIS feature ID 1512713
Website cityoftacoma.org
Government (Type) Council–manager
Government (Mayor) Victoria Woodards
Government (City) 62.42 sq mi (161.68 km2)
Government (Land) 49.71 sq mi (128.76 km2)
Government (Water) 12.71 sq mi (32.92 km2)
Area (City) 62.42 sq mi (161.68 km2)
Area (Land) 49.71 sq mi (128.76 km2)
Area (Water) 12.71 sq mi (32.92 km2)
Population (2020) (City) 219,346
Population (2020) (Estimate (2021)) 219,205
Population (2020) (Rank) US: 103rd WA: 3rd
Population (2020) (Density) 4,412.51/sq mi (1,703.53/km2)
Population (2020) (Metro) 4,011,553 (Seattle metropolitan area) (US: 15th)

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Tacoma (/təˈkoʊmə/tə-KOH-mə) is the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. A port city, it is situated along Washington's Puget Sound, 32 miles (51 km) southwest of Seattle, 31 miles (50 km) northeast of the state capital, Olympia, and 58 miles (93 km) northwest of Mount Rainier National Park. The population was 219,346, according to the 2020 census. Tacoma is the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third-largest in the state. Tacoma also serves as the center of business activity for the South Sound region, which has a population of about 1 million. Tacoma adopted its name after the nearby Mount Rainier, originally and locally 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". Commencement Bay serves the Port of Tacoma, a center of international trade on the Pacific Coast and Washington's largest port. The city gained notoriety in 1940 for the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which earned the nickname "Galloping Gertie".

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