Tacoma, Washington

The Flipside Of Sea-Tac

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Young Professionals

Young Professionals have a lot of options for areas to live in Tacoma. Downtown is ground zero due to the density of housing options: townhomes, lofts, condos and apartments are plentiful. Sitting astride all these residential buildings are plenty of restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Another nice perk to Tacoma’s Downtown neighborhood are Wright Park and Fireman’s Park. Both offering green space for a run and views of the city. Central is a decent alternative to Downtown, just five minutes away, but it also has its own interesting restaurant options, entertainment, and nightlife in the next door 6th avenue business district. This neighborhood also houses plenty of the areas tech business and tons of healthcare companies for walkable work-life options.

  • Downtown
  • Central

North End


North End is an interesting option for singles and couples who are ready to not live Downtown or in a dense business and commercial district. This neighborhood has amazing waterfront views of Commencement Bay, tons of park and green spaces for play, and cool bungalows and Craftsmen homes for living options. You’re also near the University of Puget Sound so the area has enough bars and restaurants to keep you happy when you’re in the mood for a night out.

  • North End



Tacoma is so LGBTQ+ friendly that in 2012 it was voted the “Gayest City in America”. Although there isn’t a singular LGBTQ+ neighborhood here, Hilltop is a strong neighborhood choice for those looking for a friendly, diverse neighborhood with a cool cultural scene. Great ethnic food, funky bars, plenty of cafes, and live music and arts venues make it ideal for anyone looking for a vibrant supportive neighborhood. https://www.autostraddle.com/queer-girl-city-guide-tacoma-washington-151404/

  • Hilltop
  • 6th Avenue
  • Stadium District

Stadium District


North Tacoma is home to some of the city's oldest and most family-friendly neighborhoods. Stadium District is a really interesting place to start. Called that because of the castle-like Stadium high School that sits perched over the city. The District has beautiful Victorian, Tudor and Colonial homes, many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood also has the incredible Wright Park, 27 acres of play space for grownups and the kiddos. Top all of that off with some of the funkiest boutique shops, ice cream and shake stores, cool bookstores, comic shops, and eclectic dining choices.

  • Stadium District
  • Ruston
  • Old Town
  • Proctor District