SEATTLE — Long frustrated by standing in the shadow of booming Seattle, the city of Tacoma has just vaulted into the upper rankings of Forbes’ annual list of the nation’s top 200 big cities for business and careers.
True, Seattle took the top spot for the first time this year, boosted by the astronomical growth of Amazon. But Tacoma rated 10th, above such high-profile spots as Atlanta, Nashville, San Francisco and Minneapolis, because of its comparatively lower costs and high quality of life.
Home prices in Tacoma — at a median of $344,000 — are far less than those in Seattle, where the cost of living is 37 percent higher than the national average.
For two decades, Forbes has measured cities against one another through a system of 14 metrics, including projected economic growth, affordability and the number of residents who hold college degrees. The 200 metro areas highlighted on the magazine’s list range in size from 14.5 million people (New York) to 269,000