Tacoma, WA

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2019 Population
212,869
1.32% 1-year growth
US Senator
Patty Murray
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maria Cantwell
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
35.7
0.279% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
14.6%
7.78% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$62,358
6.38% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$277,900
11% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
104,932
2.24% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Tacoma, WA had a population of 213k people with a median age of 35.7 and a median household income of $62,358. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Tacoma, WA grew from 210,103 to 212,869, a 1.32% increase and its median household income grew from $58,617 to $62,358, a 6.38% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Tacoma, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (58.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (10.2%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (8.64%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (8.06%), and White (Hispanic) (6.27%). 0% of the households in Tacoma, WA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

93.9% of the residents in Tacoma, WA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Tacoma, WA are Tacoma Community College (1,992 degrees awarded in 2019), University of Washington-Tacoma Campus (1,909 degrees), and Bates Technical College (946 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Tacoma, WA was $277,900, and the homeownership rate was 52%. Most people in Tacoma, WA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 28.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Tacoma, WA was 2 cars per household.

About the photo: This is the outside of the "hot shop", at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. The cone design was inspired by the wood "beehive burners" of the sawmills that once lined the waterways of Tacoma. It is made of 2,800 diamond-shaped stainless steel panels.

Diversity

Tacoma, WA is home to a population of 213k people, from which 93.9% are citizens. As of 2019, 23.5% of Tacoma, WA residents were born outside of the country (50.1k people).

In 2019, there were 5.75 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (125k people) in Tacoma, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 21.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 18.4k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Tacoma, WA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    125k ± 1.72k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    21.7k ± 1.38k
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    18.4k ± 944
12%
Hispanic Population
25.5k people

In 2019, there were 5.75 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (125k people) in Tacoma, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 21.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 18.4k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

12% of the people in Tacoma, WA are hispanic (25.5k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Tacoma, WA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

23.5%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
50.1k people
13.5%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
28.4k people

As of 2019, 23.5% of Tacoma, WA residents (50.1k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Tacoma, WA was 13.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

34
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
44
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 0.9

In 2019, the median age of all people in Tacoma, WA was 35.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Tacoma, WA are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Tacoma, WA residents was 36.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    247,214 ± 12,002 people
  2. India
    80,685 ± 6,936 people
  3. China
    72,521 ± 6,579 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 247,214 Washington residents, followed by India with 80,685 and China with 72,521.

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Citizenship

93.9%
2019 Citizenship
93.6%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 93.9% of Tacoma, WA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Tacoma, WA was 93.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    5,678 ± 687
  2. Vietnam
    4,881 ± 415
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,951 ± 409

Tacoma, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.16 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Washington, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Washington (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Washington. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Washington.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Washington across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Tacoma, WA is $62,358. In 2019, the place with the highest median household income in Tacoma, WA was Census Tract 9400.01 with a value of $127,656, followed by Census Tract 605 and Census Tract 9400.11, with respective values of $123,250 and $121,389.

Males in Washington have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,599. The income inequality in Washington (measured using the Gini index) is 0.468, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Tacoma, WA employs 105k people. The largest industries in Tacoma, WA are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,584 people), Retail Trade (12,392 people), and Educational Services (9,115 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($85,769), Public Administration ($62,024), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($58,250).

Wages

Median Household Income

$62,358
2019 value
± $1,312
6.38%
1 Year Growth
± 2.77%

Households in Tacoma, WA have a median annual income of $62,358, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $58,617 in 2018, which represents a 6.38% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$79,606
Average Male Salary in Washington
± $1,492
$58,599
Average Female Salary in Washington
± $1,218

In 2019, full-time male employees in Washington made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Washington by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Washington
  1. Asian
    $74,594 ± $3,333
  2. White
    $62,706 ± $1,032
  3. Two or More Races
    $50,542 ± $3,350

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Washington workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Washington.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Washington by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Tacoma, WA is from Washington.
0.468
2019 Wage GINI in Washington
0.469
2018 Wage GINI in Washington

In 2019, the income inequality in Washington was 0.468 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.222% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Washington across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9400.01
  2. Census Tract 605
  3. Census Tract 9400.11

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Tacoma, WA was Census Tract 9400.01 with a value of $127,656, followed by Census Tract 605 and Census Tract 9400.11, with respective values of $123,250 and $121,389.

The following map shows all of the places in Tacoma, WA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Tacoma, WA (30.6k out of 209k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    17,119 ± 1,065
  2. Hispanic
    5,438 ± 619
  3. Black
    4,323 ± 550

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Tacoma, WA is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

105k
2019 Value
± 2,291
2.24%
1 Year growth
± 3.08%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Tacoma, WA grew at a rate of 2.24%, from 103k employees to 105k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Tacoma, WA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,869 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,772 people), and Management Occupations (8,853 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Tacoma, WA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Tacoma, WA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,869 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,772 people), and Management Occupations (8,853 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Tacoma, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (1.69 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.41 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.35 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Tacoma, WA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($74,415), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($73,313), and Management Occupations ($70,674).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

105k
2019 Value
± 2,291
2.24%
1 Year growth
± 3.08%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Tacoma, WA grew at a rate of 2.24%, from 103k employees to 105k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Tacoma, WA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,584 people), Retail Trade (12,392 people), and Educational Services (9,115 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Tacoma, WA, though some of these residents may live in Tacoma, WA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Tacoma, WA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,584 people), Retail Trade (12,392 people), and Educational Services (9,115 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Tacoma, WA has an unusually high number of Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.46 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.4 times), and Public Administration (1.4 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Tacoma, WA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($85,769), Public Administration ($62,024), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($58,250).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $79.3B
  2. $39.1B
  3. $32.9B

In 2018, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $79.3B, followed by Mixed freight ($39.1B) and Electronics ($32.9B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Washington products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for Washington.
$443B
2018 Value in Washington
$972B
Projected 2045 Value in Washington
120% growth

In 2018, total outbound Washington trade was $443B. This is expected to increase 120% to $972B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Washington trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $31.9B
  2. $19.7B
  3. $10.9B

In 2018, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $31.9B, followed by California with $19.7B and Illinois and $10.9B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Washington shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Pierce County, WA went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 49.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (42.1%), followed by Other (8.36%). The most partisan county was King County, WA with 71.9% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing the state of Washington. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Pierce County, WA
49.5% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Washington
  1. 71.9% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 71.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 68.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Washington was King County, WA with 71.9% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Washington colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Washington

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Patty Murray
Senator from Washington3
Assumed office on January 3, 1993
Maria Cantwell
Senator from Washington1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing Washington.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Washington over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Washington

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Washington have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Tacoma, WA awarded 5,853 degrees. The student population of Tacoma, WA is skewed towards women, with 8,129 male students and 10,805 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Tacoma, WA are White (2,959 and 52.6%), followed by Unknown (621 and 11%), Hispanic or Latino (575 and 10.2%), and Asian (549 and 9.77%).

The largest universities in Tacoma, WA by number of degrees awarded are Tacoma Community College (1,992 and 34%), University of Washington-Tacoma Campus (1,909 and 32.6%), and Bates Technical College (946 and 16.2%).

The most popular majors in Tacoma, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (714 and 12.2%), General Computer & Information Sciences (269 and 4.6%), and General Psychology (237 and 4.05%).

The median tuition costs in Tacoma, WA are $29,785 for private four year colleges, and $7,249 and $23,321 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 237 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 195 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 159 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Tacoma, WA was General Psychology with 237 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Tacoma, WA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,992 degrees awarded
  2. 1,909 degrees awarded
  3. 946 degrees awarded
$7,249
Median In-State Public
$29,785
Median Private

In 2019, the Tacoma, WA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Tacoma Community College with 1,992 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,550
Degrees Awarded to Men
3,303
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 2,550 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Tacoma, WA, which is 0.772 times less than the 3,303 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Tacoma, WA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,959 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    621 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    575 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Tacoma, WA was White students. These 2,959 degrees mean that there were 4.76 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 621 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Tacoma, WA was $277,900 in 2019, which is 1.16 times larger than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $250,400 to $277,900, a 11% increase. The homeownership rate in Tacoma, WA is 52%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Tacoma, WA have an average commute time of 28.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Tacoma, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$277,900
2019 Median
± $3,671
$250,400
2018 Median
± $4,401

In 2019, the median property value in Tacoma, WA grew to to $277,900 from the previous year's value of $250,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Tacoma, WA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Tacoma, WA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$62,358
Median Household Income
± $1,312
83.7k
Number of Households
± 1,968

In 2019, the median household income of the 83.7k households in Tacoma, WA grew to $62,358 from the previous year's value of $58,617.

The following chart displays the households in Tacoma, WA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Tacoma, WA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Tacoma, WA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

52%
2019 Homeownership
50.8%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 52% of the housing units in Tacoma, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 50.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Tacoma, WA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

28.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Tacoma, WA have a longer commute time (28.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 5.26% of the workforce in Tacoma, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (73.6%)
  2. Carpooled (10.6%)
  3. Public Transit (6.69%)

In 2019, 73.6% of workers in Tacoma, WA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.6%) and those who used public transit to get to work (6.69%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Tacoma, WA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Tacoma, WA have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

92.8% of the population of Tacoma, WA has health coverage, with 45.8% on employee plans, 23.4% on Medicaid, 8.32% on Medicare, 12% on non-group plans, and 3.3% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Washington was $7,913 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,609).

Primary care physicians in Pierce County, WA see 1363 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.16% decrease from the previous year (1379 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1199 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 205 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Wahkiakum County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.8%). Additionally, Pend Oreille County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (41.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,363 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Pierce County, WA

Primary care physicians in Pierce County, WA see an average of 1,363 patients per year. This represents a 1.16% decrease from the previous year (1,379 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Pierce County, WA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,913
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Washington
$4,328
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,851
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$8,997
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Washington (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4%, from $7,609 to $7,913.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.24%
Uninsured
45.8%
Employer Coverage
23.4%
Medicaid
8.32%
Medicare
12%
Non-Group
3.3%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Tacoma, WA declined by 14.5% from 8.47% to 7.24%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Tacoma, WA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 14.8% prevalence
  2. 14.2% prevalence
  3. 14% prevalence

Wahkiakum County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Washington, at 14.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Washington by county over multiple years.

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