Tacoma, WA boasts a population of 198,397 and is locally known as the city of destiny because it was chosen to be the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the late 19th century. Tacoma’s proximity to the deep water harbor Commencement Bay is one of the main reasons it was chosen, and once the pay was connected by railroad to, adopted the motto “When Rails Meet Sails.” Today Commencement Bay serves as the Port of Tacoma and is a center of international trade on the Pacific Coast and Washington state’s largest port.
Though Tacoma suffered surging crime rates during the 1980s and early 1990s, the problems have been reduced drastically thanks to community policing and other community policies. By 2004, Tacoma was ranked among the top 30 most livable communities in an annual survey conducted by the Partners for Livable Communities.
As the crime rate lowered, Tacoma’s downtown revival began. University of Washington established a branch campus in Tacoma in 1990, and Union Station, Tacoma, was restored the same year. The heart of the, now boasts a theatrical district just anchored by that Pantages Theater, which first opened in 1918. , also hosts film Festival every year the Grand Cinema and is home to the first ever legal marijuana farmer’s market.
Other cultural attractions in Tacoma include the Museum of Glass cruises steel cone of the hot shop is one of the city’s most recognizable structures. There is also America’s Carter Museum which opened in 2012 and boasts over 300 vehicles in various exhibits from vintage to modern automobiles. The museum also pays respects to Harold LeMay’s collection, which is one of the world’s largest.
Notable to Tacomans include legendary singer and entertainer Bing Crosby, musician Neko Case, and newly crowned UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.