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We asked readers to describe Tacoma in 5 words.  Here are some of the top 10 responses

We asked readers to describe Tacoma in 5 words. Here are some of the top 10 responses

We asked readers to describe Tacoma in 5 words.  Here are some of the top 10 responses

Comfortable, parks, waterfront views and culture.

These are all words I would use to describe the city of Tacoma, but as a recent transplant, my opinion and description of Tacoma might be quite different from those who are originally from Tacoma or have lived in Tacoma much longer.

The News Tribune asked readers to describe Tacoma in five words, based on their experiences. We received over 30 responses from readers, most of whom did not share the best feelings about the city.

Here are 10 of our favorite answers.

Let’s start with our favorite positive answers.

  • “Beautiful, diverse, serious, proud and inspiring” – Chantell

  • “Friendly, Diverse, Scenic, Patriotic, Earnest, Hardworking” – JJ McCament

  • “Casual, uncrowded, welcoming, fun, homey” – Helen Macan

  • “Easy, beautiful views, thoughtful, historic” – Nancy Traversie

  • “Beautiful, Diverse, Struggling, Happy, Home” – Chris

A common word used to describe Tacoma in a positive way was “diverse.” The News Tribune previously reported that Tacoma was one of 10 Washington cities that was ranked among the most ethnically diverse cities in the U.S., according to a study by Wallethub.

Here are a few negative answers:

  • “Depressing, dangerous, drugs, dirty, abandoned” – Jasmine

  • “Murder, Dirty, Homelessness, Fentanyl, Taxes” – Brian Lester

  • “A haven for the homeless” – Greg

  • “Drug-tainted and homeless” – Teresa

  • “Vandalism, homelessness, murder, graffiti, disaster” – Jessie

The most common word used to describe Tacoma in a negative way was “homeless” or “homeless.”

The News Tribune has covered extensively the issue of homelessness affecting Tacoma and Pierce County.

The News Tribune previously reported that more people in Pierce County experienced homelessness in 2023 than in any previous year. According to a presentation by Pierce County Social Services Program Specialist Valeri Almony to the Pierce County Council Select Committee on Homelessness, 2,148 people were registered as homeless in January 2023, up from 1,851 in 2022 and 1,005 people in 2021. .

The News Tribune also previously reported on a homeless encampment in Tacoma known as “The Jungle” that housed about 30 people before it was removed last summer.