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Tacoma, WA Moving Tips and Services

Is your destiny leading you to Tacoma? Nicknamed the “City of Destiny” due to its ties to the North Pacific Railroad, Tacoma is a port city located on the Puget Sound. As the third largest city in the state of Washington, Tacoma is home to a vibrant community of creative writers, artists, musicians, photographers, and passionate business individuals. For instance, Tacoma serves as a base for major companies like State Farm Insurance, BNY Mellon, Columbia Bank, Key Bank, and for top healthcare systems like MultiCare and Franciscan. Also, this city is the home to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), a military operation merger of Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base. JBLM employs more than 50,000 people, more than triple the second top employer in the county.


Drawing families to its safe and charming neighborhoods with big city amenities, Tacoma is a magnet for downtown dwellers looking for competitively priced urban abodes with sweeping city, mountain, and water views. It’s a great time to be moving to the city, as the downtown area has been undergoing a revival since the early 1990’s. Whether you’re living in the area or not, you’ll be able to enjoy the economic revitalization and growing arts culture in the area.


When not experiencing the lively downtown life, you could be exploring the great outdoors. A haven for hikers, runners, and cyclists, Tacoma is always abuzz with activity from its friendly, active locals. Don't fear to venture a little bit outside the city, and you’ll be able to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you everywhere.


Just 30 minutes to either downtown Seattle or downtown Olympia—and just 20 minutes away from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport—Tacoma is easily accessible from just about anywhere! Whether you are moving for a new career, military transfer, or just a change of lifestyle, you’ll find a U-Haul location staffed by locals nearby to help you transition to your new home in Tacoma.

Valuable Tips and Tricks for Moving and Living in Tacoma, Washington

We have 19 truck rental facilities in Tacoma allowing easy access to rent or return your one-way moving truck rental. Here are some tips that may help you along your journey and arrival in Tacoma.


  • When to Move – The Northeast Pacific is generally known for its countless days of rain, but this isn’t the case in Tacoma. It averages 39 inches of rain annually, comparable to Houston, Miami, New York, and Boston. However, when it snows, it tends to bring things to a screeching halt. The snow comes in heavily and often becomes ice. Premium moving times would be during the summer from June to August, but if you must move at other times, be sure to check the forecast.
  • Cost of Living – Compared to other west coast cities, the cost of living in Tacoma is fairly inexpensive. Whether you are renting or buying, you will probably be better off financially when moving to Tacoma instead of its northern counterpart, Seattle.
  • Nature’s Wonder – There are many great opportunities to explore the outdoors once you’re settled into your new home. From hiking, biking, rock climbing, snowboarding, skiing, fishing, sailing, or just enjoying nature’s mysteries, there are endless opportunities for exploration. If you want to keep your new home free of clutter, U-Haul has plenty of storage options to keep your gear out of the way when you’re not off in the wild.
  • Endless Activities – Tacoma's gourmands and culinary connoisseurs have cultivated quite a scene for foodies that has made national press, while its world renowned museums, meeting and convention spaces, theaters, and headliner concert performances have drawn visitors from across the globe as well!


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