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Sawyer Trail
17412 44th Ave E
Tacoma, WA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,590
999 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 06:50 PM
Discover a tight-knit, Contemporary NW community nestled along ponds, creeks, and the foothills of Mt. Rainier. Sawyer Trail offers small town appeal with the convenience of nearby retail, restaurants, and grocery.
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2 Units Available
Granada
1224 South Yakima Avenue
Tacoma, WA | New Tacoma
Studio
$999
422 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Last updated September 24 at 06:53 PM
Experience the best of Washington living at Granada Apartments. Our community is situated in the heart of Downtown Tacoma.
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2 Units Available
Uptown 7
2910 North 7th Street
Tacoma, WA | North End
Studio
$1,080
332 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,525
758 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:48 PM
Welcome home to Uptown 7, a quaint apartment community located in Tacoma, Washington. Situated in the North End area, our community is surrounded by the beauty of nature. With easy access to 6th Ave. you are just minutes from Highways 16 and 163.
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9 Units Available
Bella on Broadway
436 Broadway
Tacoma, WA | New Tacoma
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,514
715 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,902
905 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:04 PM
Ideal downtown location. Lots of urban style along with a fitness center, business center, theater room and garage. Homes include impressive city views, Juliet balconies, high ceilings, and washers and dryers. Walking distance to attractions.
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12 Units Available
The Pacifica
4275 S Pine St
Tacoma, WA | South Tacoma
Studio
$1,469
630 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,385
813 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,888
1099 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:46 PM
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Met245 Apartments
245 St Helens Avenue
Tacoma, WA | New Tacoma
Studio
$1,337
665 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,126
729 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,780
1131 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:46 PM
Met245 represents the ultimate expression of vibrant Tacoma living. This stylish and pet-friendly apartment community offers a world of simple sophistication, framed with endlessly fascinating views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier.
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2 Units Available
Sienna Park
10710 17th Ave S
Tacoma, WA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,325
1000 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,575
1200 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:46 PM
Close to I-5, PLU and More! Sienna Park Apartments is a peaceful, secluded apartment community in Tacoma, Washington.
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1 Unit Available
Heatherstone Apartments
1809 105th St. Ct. S
Tacoma, WA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$1,700
1150 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:46 PM
The Community that Cares Heatherstone Apartments is a beautiful property just south of Tacoma, Washington. Our community is located in a quiet neighborhood near schools, parks, and restaurants. We are also conveniently close to I-5, Hwy. 512, Ft.
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7 Units Available
Altitude 104
2201 104th St S
Tacoma, WA
1 Bedroom
$1,200
637 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,435
942 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,775
1221 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:45 PM
Fantastic Amenities and a Great Location Altitude 104 is a recently renovated, cutting edge community located in a beautiful park-like setting. We are located within minutes of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Hwy 512 and I-5, and major shopping centers.
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4 Units Available
Northpoint Apartments
3815 N. Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA | West End
1 Bedroom
$1,374
643 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,642
864 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:45 PM
Close to Faith Evangelical College & Seminary, Vassault Park, Truman Middle School, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, bus route 10, Puget Creek Natural Area. Amenities include Indoor swimming pool, spa/hot tub, tennis court, pet-friendly apartments, fitness center, walk-in closets.
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1 Unit Available
Aero
9314 S Ash St
Tacoma, WA | South End
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,375
900 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 06:45 PM
Close to Work, Activities and Shopping Aero Apartments is conveniently located on the bus line with easy freeway access to I-5 & Hwy 512, McChord Air Force Base, Ft. Lewis Army Base and Madigan Army Medical Center.
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2 Units Available
The Lodge at Madrona
3202 South Mason Avenue
Tacoma, WA | South Tacoma
1 Bedroom
$1,200
629 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,380
877 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:34 PM
Comfort, Charm & Spectacular View of Mt. Rainier The Lodge At Madrona offers the lifestyle you've been looking for. We're conveniently located minutes from downtown Tacoma and a short drive from beautiful Gig Harbor.
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1 Unit Available
Monterra
416 111th Street Ct E
Tacoma, WA | Parkland
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$1,750
1150 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:45 PM
Quiet Community in Tacoma Monterra Apartment Homes are conveniently located just south of Tacoma, Washington. Find comfort in relaxing in our indoor/ outdoor swimming pools, hot tub and sauna.
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9 Units Available
Apex Apartments
2424 S 41st St
Tacoma, WA | South Tacoma
Studio
$1,203
583 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,344
681 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 06:45 PM
Close to I-5, Highway 16, US Post Office, Head Start School, Tacoma Mall, Whitman Elementary, Costco, Snake Lake, Lincoln Plaza Shopping Center. Located in the Tacoma School District. Pet-friendly apartments with two pet parks, massage therapy room, night patrol, hot tub, outdoor pool, complimentary tanning.
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7 Units Available
Villaggio
1328 Market St
Tacoma, WA | New Tacoma
Studio
$1,302
467 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,451
664 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 06:45 PM
Villaggio Apartments in Tacoma, Washington, offer walking access to shops, restaurants and galleries. The complex features a variety of floor plans and units, each updated with fresh flooring and countertops.
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18 Units Available
The Fairways
4901 Fairwood Blvd NE
Tacoma, WA | Northeast Tacoma
1 Bedroom
$1,425
699 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,625
975 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,880
1179 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:45 PM
Resort apartment homes in an ideal location, situated on the back nine of the North Shore Golf Course. Apartments include all appliances, in-unit laundry, stainless steel appliances and walk-in closets.
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2 Units Available
Pine Street Townhomes
2911 S 45th St
Tacoma, WA | South Tacoma
2 Bedrooms
$1,650
1348 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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4 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 06:42 PM
Conveniently situated in Tacoma's bustling South Tacoma neighborhood, Pine Street Townhomes presents a warm, quiet community just minutes away from the best Tacoma has to offer.
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6 Units Available
Midtown 15
1801 South 15th Street
Tacoma, WA | Central Tacoma
1 Bedroom
$1,125
478 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,375
767 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:15 PM
If you are looking for a welcoming apartment community in the Hilltop area of Tacoma, Washington, then come home to Midtown 15.
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1 Unit Available
Westmall Terrace
4720 South Pine Street
Tacoma, WA | South Tacoma
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,305
856 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:13 PM
Move up to a great location! WestMall Terrace is within minutes of I-5 freeway, Tacoma Mall, Downtown Tacoma & Military Bases. Do you want an easier commute to work, need to go shopping, going out to dinner and a show? Save money on gas.
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9 Units Available
Nantucket Gate
11302 10th Avenue Ct E
Tacoma, WA | Parkland
Studio
$1,155
543 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,380
940 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:11 PM
Welcome to Nantucket Gate Apartments, the premier gated community in the beautiful Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, WA. The strikingly handsome architecture of Nantucket Gate is remarkable for its large triple-bay windows and rich decor.
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8 Units Available
Boulders at Puget Sound
2602 Westridge Ave W
Tacoma, WA | West End
1 Bedroom
$1,270
688 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,400
985 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,694
1158 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 06:05 PM
Close to Oneluvdesigns, Day Island Yacht Harbor, Titlow Beach Marine Preserve, Tacoma Community College, Curtis Senior High School, Fircrest Golf Club. Pet-friendly apartments with in-unit laundry, attached and detached garages, resort-style pool, fitness center, corporate leases.
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7 Units Available
Vue 25
2368 Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA | Central Tacoma
Studio
$1,487
610 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,278
784 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,881
1061 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:44 PM
Near public transportation and I-5, as well as the Tacoma Mall and other dining and entertainment. Fully equipped studio-2 bedrooms boast modern kitchens, stainless-steel appliances, and in-unit laundry. The property features a rooftop lounge/grilling area.
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3 Units Available
Albers Mill Lofts
1821 Dock St
Tacoma, WA | New Tacoma
Studio
$1,488
481 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,593
783 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 03:44 PM
Prime location right off of I-705 and close to Tacoma Union Station and the Tacoma Art Museum. Units feature laundry, walk-in closets and hardwood floors. Community has a basketball court, pool and clubhouse.
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14 Units Available
Lakeside Landing
1414 S Mildred St
Tacoma, WA | West End
1 Bedroom
$1,214
696 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,200
850 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:43 PM
West End location just north of the James Center. Minutes from Highway 16. Refresh body and spirit in the sauna and spa before relaxing poolside. Residences include spacious walk-in closets and a patio or balcony.
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How much is rent in Tacoma?
In Tacoma, the median rent is $1,105 for a studio, $1,265 for a 1-bedroom, $1,575 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,287 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Tacoma, check out our monthly Tacoma Rent Report.
How much is rent in Tacoma?
In Tacoma, the median rent is $1,105 for a studio, $1,265 for a 1-bedroom, $1,575 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,287 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Tacoma, check out our monthly Tacoma Rent Report.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Tacoma?
You can filter cheap apartments in Tacoma by price: under $1,200, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Tacoma?
You can filter cheap apartments in Tacoma by price: under $1,200, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Tacoma?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Tacoma apartments that allow pets.
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You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Tacoma apartments that allow pets.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Tacoma properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Tacoma properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How much should I pay for rent in Tacoma?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Tacoma.
How much should I pay for rent in Tacoma?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Tacoma.
How can I find off-campus housing in Tacoma?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Tacoma. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include University of Washington-Tacoma Campus, Bates Technical College, University of Puget Sound, Shoreline Community College, and University of Washington-Seattle Campus.
How can I find off-campus housing in Tacoma?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Tacoma. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include University of Washington-Tacoma Campus, Bates Technical College, University of Puget Sound, Shoreline Community College, and University of Washington-Seattle Campus.

Median Rent in Tacoma

Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Tacoma is $1,265, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,575.
Studio
$1,105
1 Bed
$1,265
2 Beds
$1,575
3+ Beds
$2,287
City GuideTacoma
Tacoma, Washington

Greetings, future tenants of Tacoma! With a variety of affordable rental options, Tacoma is an attractive residential destination for budget-minded leasers, so we get the feeling it won’t take long to find your dream dwellings. So what do you say? Are you ready to fulfill your fate and find a place to call your own in the “City of Destiny?” Then stick with us, because your super sweet Tacoma digs may be just a few clicks away …

Tacoma, Washington
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Greetings, future tenants of Tacoma! With a variety of affordable rental options, Tacoma is an attractive residential destination for budget-minded leasers, so we get the feeling it won’t take long to find your dream dwellings. So what do you say? Are you ready to fulfill your fate and find a place to call your own in the “City of Destiny?” Then stick with us, because your super sweet Tacoma digs may be just a few clicks away …

Why Tacoma (and not Seattle)?

Outsiders often mistake Tacoma as nothing but an overblown extension of Seattle, when in fact it’s a separate city (30 miles south) with a distinct vibe, culture, and commerce. In fact, roughly half of all Tacoma workers both live and work within city limits, so Tacoma isn’t nearly as dependent on Seattle as many think. If you want a more cosmopolitan, big-city ambiance, Seattle remains your best bet, but Tacoma (especially the artsy, rejuvenated downtown area) has some chic, happening ‘hoods as well. Tacoma is also the more economic choice: apartments in “Grit City” average a mere $900 a month, while lucky leasers can often find quality rentals in the $600-$700 range.

Why Tacoma (and not Seattle)?
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Outsiders often mistake Tacoma as nothing but an overblown extension of Seattle, when in fact it’s a separate city (30 miles south) with a distinct vibe, culture, and commerce. In fact, roughly half of all Tacoma workers both live and work within city limits, so Tacoma isn’t nearly as dependent on Seattle as many think. If you want a more cosmopolitan, big-city ambiance, Seattle remains your best bet, but Tacoma (especially the artsy, rejuvenated downtown area) has some chic, happening ‘hoods as well. Tacoma is also the more economic choice: apartments in “Grit City” average a mere $900 a month, while lucky leasers can often find quality rentals in the $600-$700 range.

Life in “T-Town”

Yes, we are officially out of nicknames for Tacoma now. We aren’t, however, out of advice to help make your migration to the Pacific Northwest silky-smooth. Some things to consider before joining the ranks of Washington’s finest:

Pump it up. Especially if you live downtown, there’s a good chance you can rely on the Tacoma LINK trains or the Pierce Transit buses to bum around town. Anywhere else, though, you’ll likely need your own set of wheels to shop, bank, work, and socialize conveniently. Residents who commute to Seattle for work each morning, however, can take advantage of the Sound Transit commuter rail.

Raindrops keep falling on my head. Well, what did you expect when you moved to the Pacific Northwest? About half the time it’s raining in Tacoma, and especially from early fall through late spring, the skies are almost always overcast. On the bright side (bad pun intended), a steady dose of gray skies helps you appreciate those magically sunny summer afternoons even more.

Night and Day. Although the city’s nightlife pales in comparison to that of Seattle, Tacoma has a healthy smattering of after-hours hotspots, live music venues, lounges, nightclubs, beer dives, and upscale bistros. Point Defiance Park, meanwhile, is the city’s top outdoor destination and boasts numerous trails, gardens, museums, a zoo, aquarium, and playground. The park is also home to Owen Beach, a popular fair-weather hangout (our advice: catch some rays while you can before Mr. Rain rears his gloomy head again!)

Life in “T-Town”
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Yes, we are officially out of nicknames for Tacoma now. We aren’t, however, out of advice to help make your migration to the Pacific Northwest silky-smooth. Some things to consider before joining the ranks of Washington’s finest:

Pump it up. Especially if you live downtown, there’s a good chance you can rely on the Tacoma LINK trains or the Pierce Transit buses to bum around town. Anywhere else, though, you’ll likely need your own set of wheels to shop, bank, work, and socialize conveniently. Residents who commute to Seattle for work each morning, however, can take advantage of the Sound Transit commuter rail.

Raindrops keep falling on my head. Well, what did you expect when you moved to the Pacific Northwest? About half the time it’s raining in Tacoma, and especially from early fall through late spring, the skies are almost always overcast. On the bright side (bad pun intended), a steady dose of gray skies helps you appreciate those magically sunny summer afternoons even more.

Night and Day. Although the city’s nightlife pales in comparison to that of Seattle, Tacoma has a healthy smattering of after-hours hotspots, live music venues, lounges, nightclubs, beer dives, and upscale bistros. Point Defiance Park, meanwhile, is the city’s top outdoor destination and boasts numerous trails, gardens, museums, a zoo, aquarium, and playground. The park is also home to Owen Beach, a popular fair-weather hangout (our advice: catch some rays while you can before Mr. Rain rears his gloomy head again!)

Tips for Tenants

Because Tacoma, unlike Seattle and nearby capital city Olympia, isn’t exactly a hub for nomadic, temporary leasers, apartments don’t turn over all that often. However, new condos, lofts, and high rises continue to sprout up in areas like downtown, the Stadium District, and Old Town, and most rental properties aren’t at full capacity anyway. So you shouldn’t encounter many roadblocks on your search for the perfect pad.

Tips for Tenants
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Because Tacoma, unlike Seattle and nearby capital city Olympia, isn’t exactly a hub for nomadic, temporary leasers, apartments don’t turn over all that often. However, new condos, lofts, and high rises continue to sprout up in areas like downtown, the Stadium District, and Old Town, and most rental properties aren’t at full capacity anyway. So you shouldn’t encounter many roadblocks on your search for the perfect pad.

A few other pieces of advice to turn over in your head before signing the dotted line:

Know the basics. Standards for renting aren’t much different in Tacoma than they are anywhere else. You’ll need proper identification (wow, aren’t we wise and helpful!), proof of income, and a reputable renting history to score a lease at most apartments. Also, more and more property managers in Tacoma are now doing full-scale credit and criminal background checks on prospective leasers (at your expense usually).

Beware the hard sell. The “hard sell” is usually a surefire sign that something is wrong with the apartment. There are plenty of reputable property managers, staff, and apartment complexes in Tacoma, so stick with them.

Inspect your new digs carefully. Chances are staff members will provide you with a checklist to fill out when you move in, which gives you the chance to inspect your new place carefully, note any blemishes (even the most minor ones), and request whatever fix-ups you deem necessary. Don’t blow this off, because it’s generally easiest to get maintenance on the scene before you’ve become an official resident. Make sure the water pressure and temperature is agreeable, the appliances function, the windows and doors lock and unlock properly, and the walls, paint, floors, and ceilings appear in good shape. And bring a friend to give your new place the white glove treatment.

A few other pieces of advice to turn over in your head before signing the dotted line:
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Know the basics. Standards for renting aren’t much different in Tacoma than they are anywhere else. You’ll need proper identification (wow, aren’t we wise and helpful!), proof of income, and a reputable renting history to score a lease at most apartments. Also, more and more property managers in Tacoma are now doing full-scale credit and criminal background checks on prospective leasers (at your expense usually).

Beware the hard sell. The “hard sell” is usually a surefire sign that something is wrong with the apartment. There are plenty of reputable property managers, staff, and apartment complexes in Tacoma, so stick with them.

Inspect your new digs carefully. Chances are staff members will provide you with a checklist to fill out when you move in, which gives you the chance to inspect your new place carefully, note any blemishes (even the most minor ones), and request whatever fix-ups you deem necessary. Don’t blow this off, because it’s generally easiest to get maintenance on the scene before you’ve become an official resident. Make sure the water pressure and temperature is agreeable, the appliances function, the windows and doors lock and unlock properly, and the walls, paint, floors, and ceilings appear in good shape. And bring a friend to give your new place the white glove treatment.

The Lay of the Land

Different parts of Tacoma have drastically different perks and quirks, so spend some serious time in any neighborhood before deciding to call it your home. In general, the downtown area is home to the city’s most eclectic hotspots and also serves up a variety of lofts, condos, and high rise apartments. Similar to downtown, North Tacoma offers some of Tacoma’s most attractive (and pricey) units (usually in the $1200-plus range). The Stadium District and Old Town in North Tacoma are some of the city’s most walker-friendly neighborhoods, meanwhile, and boast some of Tacoma’s newest crash pads. West Tacoma is largely populated by property owners, but lucky leasers can sometimes find high quality waterfront digs and spacious single family homes for rent (usually for $1500 or more). East Tacoma, on the other hand, is dotted with cheap, available rental properties (often for $600 or less).

And now you’re all set to embark on your apartment finding escapades. So welcome to the City of Destiny, and happy hunting!

The Lay of the Land
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Different parts of Tacoma have drastically different perks and quirks, so spend some serious time in any neighborhood before deciding to call it your home. In general, the downtown area is home to the city’s most eclectic hotspots and also serves up a variety of lofts, condos, and high rise apartments. Similar to downtown, North Tacoma offers some of Tacoma’s most attractive (and pricey) units (usually in the $1200-plus range). The Stadium District and Old Town in North Tacoma are some of the city’s most walker-friendly neighborhoods, meanwhile, and boast some of Tacoma’s newest crash pads. West Tacoma is largely populated by property owners, but lucky leasers can sometimes find high quality waterfront digs and spacious single family homes for rent (usually for $1500 or more). East Tacoma, on the other hand, is dotted with cheap, available rental properties (often for $600 or less).

And now you’re all set to embark on your apartment finding escapades. So welcome to the City of Destiny, and happy hunting!

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City GuideTacoma
Tacoma, Washington

Greetings, future tenants of Tacoma! With a variety of affordable rental options, Tacoma is an attractive residential destination for budget-minded leasers, so we get the feeling it won’t take long to find your dream dwellings. So what do you say? Are you ready to fulfill your fate and find a place to call your own in the “City of Destiny?” Then stick with us, because your super sweet Tacoma digs may be just a few clicks away …

Tacoma, Washington
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Greetings, future tenants of Tacoma! With a variety of affordable rental options, Tacoma is an attractive residential destination for budget-minded leasers, so we get the feeling it won’t take long to find your dream dwellings. So what do you say? Are you ready to fulfill your fate and find a place to call your own in the “City of Destiny?” Then stick with us, because your super sweet Tacoma digs may be just a few clicks away …

Why Tacoma (and not Seattle)?

Outsiders often mistake Tacoma as nothing but an overblown extension of Seattle, when in fact it’s a separate city (30 miles south) with a distinct vibe, culture, and commerce. In fact, roughly half of all Tacoma workers both live and work within city limits, so Tacoma isn’t nearly as dependent on Seattle as many think. If you want a more cosmopolitan, big-city ambiance, Seattle remains your best bet, but Tacoma (especially the artsy, rejuvenated downtown area) has some chic, happening ‘hoods as well. Tacoma is also the more economic choice: apartments in “Grit City” average a mere $900 a month, while lucky leasers can often find quality rentals in the $600-$700 range.

Why Tacoma (and not Seattle)?
+

Outsiders often mistake Tacoma as nothing but an overblown extension of Seattle, when in fact it’s a separate city (30 miles south) with a distinct vibe, culture, and commerce. In fact, roughly half of all Tacoma workers both live and work within city limits, so Tacoma isn’t nearly as dependent on Seattle as many think. If you want a more cosmopolitan, big-city ambiance, Seattle remains your best bet, but Tacoma (especially the artsy, rejuvenated downtown area) has some chic, happening ‘hoods as well. Tacoma is also the more economic choice: apartments in “Grit City” average a mere $900 a month, while lucky leasers can often find quality rentals in the $600-$700 range.

Life in “T-Town”

Yes, we are officially out of nicknames for Tacoma now. We aren’t, however, out of advice to help make your migration to the Pacific Northwest silky-smooth. Some things to consider before joining the ranks of Washington’s finest:

Pump it up. Especially if you live downtown, there’s a good chance you can rely on the Tacoma LINK trains or the Pierce Transit buses to bum around town. Anywhere else, though, you’ll likely need your own set of wheels to shop, bank, work, and socialize conveniently. Residents who commute to Seattle for work each morning, however, can take advantage of the Sound Transit commuter rail.

Raindrops keep falling on my head. Well, what did you expect when you moved to the Pacific Northwest? About half the time it’s raining in Tacoma, and especially from early fall through late spring, the skies are almost always overcast. On the bright side (bad pun intended), a steady dose of gray skies helps you appreciate those magically sunny summer afternoons even more.

Night and Day. Although the city’s nightlife pales in comparison to that of Seattle, Tacoma has a healthy smattering of after-hours hotspots, live music venues, lounges, nightclubs, beer dives, and upscale bistros. Point Defiance Park, meanwhile, is the city’s top outdoor destination and boasts numerous trails, gardens, museums, a zoo, aquarium, and playground. The park is also home to Owen Beach, a popular fair-weather hangout (our advice: catch some rays while you can before Mr. Rain rears his gloomy head again!)

Life in “T-Town”
+

Yes, we are officially out of nicknames for Tacoma now. We aren’t, however, out of advice to help make your migration to the Pacific Northwest silky-smooth. Some things to consider before joining the ranks of Washington’s finest:

Pump it up. Especially if you live downtown, there’s a good chance you can rely on the Tacoma LINK trains or the Pierce Transit buses to bum around town. Anywhere else, though, you’ll likely need your own set of wheels to shop, bank, work, and socialize conveniently. Residents who commute to Seattle for work each morning, however, can take advantage of the Sound Transit commuter rail.

Raindrops keep falling on my head. Well, what did you expect when you moved to the Pacific Northwest? About half the time it’s raining in Tacoma, and especially from early fall through late spring, the skies are almost always overcast. On the bright side (bad pun intended), a steady dose of gray skies helps you appreciate those magically sunny summer afternoons even more.

Night and Day. Although the city’s nightlife pales in comparison to that of Seattle, Tacoma has a healthy smattering of after-hours hotspots, live music venues, lounges, nightclubs, beer dives, and upscale bistros. Point Defiance Park, meanwhile, is the city’s top outdoor destination and boasts numerous trails, gardens, museums, a zoo, aquarium, and playground. The park is also home to Owen Beach, a popular fair-weather hangout (our advice: catch some rays while you can before Mr. Rain rears his gloomy head again!)

Tips for Tenants

Because Tacoma, unlike Seattle and nearby capital city Olympia, isn’t exactly a hub for nomadic, temporary leasers, apartments don’t turn over all that often. However, new condos, lofts, and high rises continue to sprout up in areas like downtown, the Stadium District, and Old Town, and most rental properties aren’t at full capacity anyway. So you shouldn’t encounter many roadblocks on your search for the perfect pad.

Tips for Tenants
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Because Tacoma, unlike Seattle and nearby capital city Olympia, isn’t exactly a hub for nomadic, temporary leasers, apartments don’t turn over all that often. However, new condos, lofts, and high rises continue to sprout up in areas like downtown, the Stadium District, and Old Town, and most rental properties aren’t at full capacity anyway. So you shouldn’t encounter many roadblocks on your search for the perfect pad.

A few other pieces of advice to turn over in your head before signing the dotted line:

Know the basics. Standards for renting aren’t much different in Tacoma than they are anywhere else. You’ll need proper identification (wow, aren’t we wise and helpful!), proof of income, and a reputable renting history to score a lease at most apartments. Also, more and more property managers in Tacoma are now doing full-scale credit and criminal background checks on prospective leasers (at your expense usually).

Beware the hard sell. The “hard sell” is usually a surefire sign that something is wrong with the apartment. There are plenty of reputable property managers, staff, and apartment complexes in Tacoma, so stick with them.

Inspect your new digs carefully. Chances are staff members will provide you with a checklist to fill out when you move in, which gives you the chance to inspect your new place carefully, note any blemishes (even the most minor ones), and request whatever fix-ups you deem necessary. Don’t blow this off, because it’s generally easiest to get maintenance on the scene before you’ve become an official resident. Make sure the water pressure and temperature is agreeable, the appliances function, the windows and doors lock and unlock properly, and the walls, paint, floors, and ceilings appear in good shape. And bring a friend to give your new place the white glove treatment.

A few other pieces of advice to turn over in your head before signing the dotted line:
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Know the basics. Standards for renting aren’t much different in Tacoma than they are anywhere else. You’ll need proper identification (wow, aren’t we wise and helpful!), proof of income, and a reputable renting history to score a lease at most apartments. Also, more and more property managers in Tacoma are now doing full-scale credit and criminal background checks on prospective leasers (at your expense usually).

Beware the hard sell. The “hard sell” is usually a surefire sign that something is wrong with the apartment. There are plenty of reputable property managers, staff, and apartment complexes in Tacoma, so stick with them.

Inspect your new digs carefully. Chances are staff members will provide you with a checklist to fill out when you move in, which gives you the chance to inspect your new place carefully, note any blemishes (even the most minor ones), and request whatever fix-ups you deem necessary. Don’t blow this off, because it’s generally easiest to get maintenance on the scene before you’ve become an official resident. Make sure the water pressure and temperature is agreeable, the appliances function, the windows and doors lock and unlock properly, and the walls, paint, floors, and ceilings appear in good shape. And bring a friend to give your new place the white glove treatment.

The Lay of the Land

Different parts of Tacoma have drastically different perks and quirks, so spend some serious time in any neighborhood before deciding to call it your home. In general, the downtown area is home to the city’s most eclectic hotspots and also serves up a variety of lofts, condos, and high rise apartments. Similar to downtown, North Tacoma offers some of Tacoma’s most attractive (and pricey) units (usually in the $1200-plus range). The Stadium District and Old Town in North Tacoma are some of the city’s most walker-friendly neighborhoods, meanwhile, and boast some of Tacoma’s newest crash pads. West Tacoma is largely populated by property owners, but lucky leasers can sometimes find high quality waterfront digs and spacious single family homes for rent (usually for $1500 or more). East Tacoma, on the other hand, is dotted with cheap, available rental properties (often for $600 or less).

And now you’re all set to embark on your apartment finding escapades. So welcome to the City of Destiny, and happy hunting!

The Lay of the Land
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Different parts of Tacoma have drastically different perks and quirks, so spend some serious time in any neighborhood before deciding to call it your home. In general, the downtown area is home to the city’s most eclectic hotspots and also serves up a variety of lofts, condos, and high rise apartments. Similar to downtown, North Tacoma offers some of Tacoma’s most attractive (and pricey) units (usually in the $1200-plus range). The Stadium District and Old Town in North Tacoma are some of the city’s most walker-friendly neighborhoods, meanwhile, and boast some of Tacoma’s newest crash pads. West Tacoma is largely populated by property owners, but lucky leasers can sometimes find high quality waterfront digs and spacious single family homes for rent (usually for $1500 or more). East Tacoma, on the other hand, is dotted with cheap, available rental properties (often for $600 or less).

And now you’re all set to embark on your apartment finding escapades. So welcome to the City of Destiny, and happy hunting!

Rent Report
Tacoma

September 2020 Tacoma Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2020 Tacoma Rent Report. Tacoma rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Tacoma rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Tacoma rents increased moderately over the past month

Tacoma rents have increased 0.3% over the past month, but have been relatively flat in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Tacoma stand at $1,265 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,576 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in June. Tacoma's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of -0.6%, but trails the national average of 0.3%.

    Rents rising across the Seattle Metro

    While rents have remained steady in the city of Tacoma throughout the past year, cities across the metro have seen a different trend. Rents have risen in 7 of of the largest 10 cities in the Seattle metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Bellevue has the most expensive rents in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,368; however, the city has also seen rents fall by 2.3% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro.
    • Lakewood has the least expensive rents in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,521; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 1.8%.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Tacoma

    Rent growth in Tacoma has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. Compared to most large cities across the country, Tacoma is less affordable for renters.

    • Although rents across cities in Washington have been marginally on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.6% in Vancouver and 0.5% in Spokane.
    • Tacoma's median two-bedroom rent of $1,576 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While rents in Tacoma remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+1.7%), Austin (+-1.1%), Los Angeles (+-1.2%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,107, $1,448, and $1,740 respectively.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Tacoma than most large cities. For example, Spokane has a median 2BR rent of $910, where Tacoma is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    City
    Median 1BR Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    Seattle
    $1,340
    $1,660
    -0.5%
    -1.9%
    Tacoma
    $1,270
    $1,580
    0.3%
    0
    Bellevue
    $1,900
    $2,370
    -0.7%
    -2.3%
    Everett
    $1,390
    $1,740
    0.3%
    1.1%
    Kent
    $1,510
    $1,870
    0.2%
    1.8%
    Renton
    $1,720
    $2,140
    0.3%
    0.7%
    Federal Way
    $1,420
    $1,760
    0.6%
    -0.3%
    Auburn
    $1,390
    $1,730
    0.6%
    1.1%
    Marysville
    $1,340
    $1,660
    0.2%
    0.5%
    Lakewood
    $1,220
    $1,520
    0.6%
    1.8%
    Redmond
    $1,810
    $2,260
    -0.8%
    -2.1%
    Kirkland
    $1,750
    $2,180
    -0.4%
    1.2%
    Sammamish
    $2,780
    $3,460
    -0.4%
    -0.8%
    Puyallup
    $1,590
    $1,980
    0
    0.3%
    Lynnwood
    $1,590
    $1,980
    0.1%
    0.3%
    Bothell
    $1,820
    $2,270
    0.3%
    -0.3%
    Spanaway
    $1,330
    $1,660
    0.1%
    0.7%
    Mercer Island
    $2,010
    $2,500
    0.1%
    -3.3%
    Kenmore
    $1,680
    $2,100
    0.1%
    -1.4%
    Mukilteo
    $1,720
    $2,150
    0.2%
    -8.6%
    Mountlake Terrace
    $1,630
    $2,020
    0.7%
    0.3%
    Snoqualmie
    $1,910
    $2,380
    -0.4%
    0.8%
    See More

    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

    Read More

    September 2020 Tacoma Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Tacoma Rent Report. Tacoma rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Tacoma rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    View full Rent Report

    September 2020 Tacoma Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Tacoma Rent Report. Tacoma rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Tacoma rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    Tacoma rents increased moderately over the past month

    Tacoma rents have increased 0.3% over the past month, but have been relatively flat in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Tacoma stand at $1,265 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,576 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in June. Tacoma's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of -0.6%, but trails the national average of 0.3%.

      Rents rising across the Seattle Metro

      While rents have remained steady in the city of Tacoma throughout the past year, cities across the metro have seen a different trend. Rents have risen in 7 of of the largest 10 cities in the Seattle metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Bellevue has the most expensive rents in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,368; however, the city has also seen rents fall by 2.3% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro.
      • Lakewood has the least expensive rents in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,521; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 1.8%.

      Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Tacoma

      Rent growth in Tacoma has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. Compared to most large cities across the country, Tacoma is less affordable for renters.

      • Although rents across cities in Washington have been marginally on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.6% in Vancouver and 0.5% in Spokane.
      • Tacoma's median two-bedroom rent of $1,576 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While rents in Tacoma remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+1.7%), Austin (+-1.1%), Los Angeles (+-1.2%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,107, $1,448, and $1,740 respectively.
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Tacoma than most large cities. For example, Spokane has a median 2BR rent of $910, where Tacoma is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

      For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

      City
      Median 1BR Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      Seattle
      $1,340
      $1,660
      -0.5%
      -1.9%
      Tacoma
      $1,270
      $1,580
      0.3%
      0
      Bellevue
      $1,900
      $2,370
      -0.7%
      -2.3%
      Everett
      $1,390
      $1,740
      0.3%
      1.1%
      Kent
      $1,510
      $1,870
      0.2%
      1.8%
      Renton
      $1,720
      $2,140
      0.3%
      0.7%
      Federal Way
      $1,420
      $1,760
      0.6%
      -0.3%
      Auburn
      $1,390
      $1,730
      0.6%
      1.1%
      Marysville
      $1,340
      $1,660
      0.2%
      0.5%
      Lakewood
      $1,220
      $1,520
      0.6%
      1.8%
      Redmond
      $1,810
      $2,260
      -0.8%
      -2.1%
      Kirkland
      $1,750
      $2,180
      -0.4%
      1.2%
      Sammamish
      $2,780
      $3,460
      -0.4%
      -0.8%
      Puyallup
      $1,590
      $1,980
      0
      0.3%
      Lynnwood
      $1,590
      $1,980
      0.1%
      0.3%
      Bothell
      $1,820
      $2,270
      0.3%
      -0.3%
      Spanaway
      $1,330
      $1,660
      0.1%
      0.7%
      Mercer Island
      $2,010
      $2,500
      0.1%
      -3.3%
      Kenmore
      $1,680
      $2,100
      0.1%
      -1.4%
      Mukilteo
      $1,720
      $2,150
      0.2%
      -8.6%
      Mountlake Terrace
      $1,630
      $2,020
      0.7%
      0.3%
      Snoqualmie
      $1,910
      $2,380
      -0.4%
      0.8%
      See More

      Methodology - Recent Updates:

      Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

      Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

      Methodology:

      Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

      Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

      Read more about our methodology here.

      About Rent Reports:

      Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

      We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

      Tacoma Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      Here’s how Tacoma ranks on:

      C+
      Overall satisfaction
      C+
      Safety and crime rate
      B-
      Jobs and career opportunities
      C
      Recreational activities
      B-
      Affordability
      B-
      Quality of schools
      B-
      Social Life
      C
      Weather
      B
      Commute time
      C+
      State and local taxes
      A-
      Public transit
      D
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Tacoma’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Tacoma renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "They gave most categories average scores."

      Key Findings in Tacoma include the following:

      • Tacoma renters gave their city a C+ overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Tacoma were public transit and commute time, which received A- and B grades, respectively.
      • The areas of concern to Tacoma renters are pet-friendliness (D), weather (C) and recreational activities (C).
      • Tacoma earned similar scores compared to other cities in Washington like Spokane (C+) and Vancouver (D), but earned lower marks than Seattle (B+), Bellevue (A+) and Renton (A+).
      • Tacoma did relatively poorly compared to cities nationwide, including Houston (B+), Chicago (B-) and Raleigh (A).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.
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      Renter Confidence Survey

      Apartment List has released Tacoma’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Tacoma renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. ...

      View full Tacoma Renter Survey

      Here’s how Tacoma ranks on:

      C+
      Overall satisfaction
      C+
      Safety and crime rate
      B-
      Jobs and career opportunities
      C
      Recreational activities
      B-
      Affordability
      B-
      Quality of schools
      B-
      Social Life
      C
      Weather
      B
      Commute time
      C+
      State and local taxes
      A-
      Public transit
      D
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Tacoma’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Tacoma renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "They gave most categories average scores."

      Key Findings in Tacoma include the following:

      • Tacoma renters gave their city a C+ overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Tacoma were public transit and commute time, which received A- and B grades, respectively.
      • The areas of concern to Tacoma renters are pet-friendliness (D), weather (C) and recreational activities (C).
      • Tacoma earned similar scores compared to other cities in Washington like Spokane (C+) and Vancouver (D), but earned lower marks than Seattle (B+), Bellevue (A+) and Renton (A+).
      • Tacoma did relatively poorly compared to cities nationwide, including Houston (B+), Chicago (B-) and Raleigh (A).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.