Livability, a living-quality aggregation website, confirmed in a press release on Oct. 6 that Tacoma is among the 100 cities included on its 2020 Top Best Places to Live list.
According to the release, Tacoma has outpaced more than 1,000 cities with populations comprising between 20,000 and 1 million residents.
“Creating a list of the best places to live in a year marked by uncertainty and disruption was challenging, but also clarifying,” said Winona Dimeo-Ediger, Livability’s editor in chief, in a press release. “The pandemic and ensuing economic turbulence made people rethink their commitment to big, expensive cities, and the rise of remote work provided a unique opportunity to live anywhere. The dust is still settling, but the chaos of this year made the things that have always mattered — affordability, safety, community, and opportunity — matter even more. The small to mid-sized cities on Livability’s list offer exactly what people are looking for right now.”
Per the release, the rankings this year were guided by an individual city’s “opportunity score,” which is contingent on characteristics related to job opportunities, economy, growth, unemployment, and other traits of a given city. Over 40 data points were used to determine a city’s livability.
The full list can be found here.