Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city in and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. Tacoma also serves as the center of business activity for the South Sound region, which has a population of around 1 million people. Tacoma has been named one of the most livable areas in the United States. In 2006, Tacoma was listed as one of the “most walkable” cities in the country. That same year, the women’s magazine Self named Tacoma the “Most Sexually Healthy City” in the United States.
Tacoma includes several landmarks and was home to prolific architects, including Everett Phipps Babcock, Frederick Heath, Ambrose J. Russell, and Silas E. Nelsen. The Museum of Glass boasts an iconic structure standing near the Thea Foss Waterway; the steel cone of the hot shop (glassblowing studio) is one of the most recognizable structures in the city. The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts is home to three theaters, two of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tacoma’s main public school district is Tacoma Public Schools. The district contains 36 elementary schools, eleven middle schools, five high schools, one alternative high school, a science and math institute (SAMI), and one school of the arts (SOTA).