Moving to Tacoma, WA
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Moving to Tacoma, WA
Although we truly love the Bay Area we are considering moving to a
more affordable area where we can buy a house and send our kids to
good schools. We have a job oppoortunity in Tacoma, WA. What is it
like there? The reviews we find online are not promising. It was
recently rated ''Most Stressful City in the US'' due to
unemployment, crime, suicide, divorce and weather. Is it really
that bad? Does it have the cultural climate of the East Bay? Is
the weather truly depressing (we are both from sunnly climes)?
I lived in Tacoma from birth until college graduation, so I
feel highly qualified to answer your question! My
recommendation would be to find a place in what's called ''the
north end.'' The north end includes the largest and most
beautiful park in the city (old-growth forest, beaches,
incredible views) and the area right outside the park is the
only place that you'll find a culture that resembles the Bay
Area. The rest of the city, it's true, has been plagued with
crime the last ten years or so and doesn't have much to offer
in the way of culture.
As for the rain...I love it dearly and I always surprise people
when I tell them how much I miss it. I'm sure that's because I
grew up with it from day one and took it for granted as a part
of daily life. You might be depressed about it, but your kids
won't be. They'll be fine. My friends and I just played outside
in the rain and didn't give it any thought.
If you happen to have a dog, the bad news is that there are no
off-leash parks in the city.
I could write more, but my baby is crying! E-mail me with
specific questions if you like.
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