The port city of Tacoma is the seat of Pierce County, Washington. The city is situated on Washington's Puget Sound, and local seniors can travel 32 miles southwest to Seattle or 31 miles northeast for a day in the state capital, Olympia. Impressive Mount Rainier is less than an hour away for day trips with family and friends.
Over 216,000 people live in Tacoma, 13% of whom are seniors 65 or over. The City of Destiny has been named a top 4 place to retire, thanks to its low healthcare and utility costs, great hospitals and ample green spaces and golf courses. With a temperature range of 34-74, the city's moderate weather is another draw for seniors who can expect just 4 inches of snowfall here.
Assisted living costs in the area can average $5,750 per month, much higher than the national average of $4,000 but somewhat lower than the state average cost of $5,135, according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2018.
Note: Data wasn't available for Tacoma, so figures for the closest city, Seattle, were used for the comparison.
Retiring in Tacoma offers exciting opportunities for exploring the area's natural beauty, and its assisted living rates compare favorably to the rest of the state. Check out our guide to the top 8 assisted living facilities in Tacoma to schedule tours in the ones that fit your lifestyle.
Solstice Senior Living at Point Defiance
6414 North Park Way
Tacoma, WA 98407
Nestled right next to Ruston Way Park and with quick access to the largest urban park in Tacoma and Pierce County, Solstice Senior Living at Point Defiance lets seniors live well and close to nature. The community lies on 42-acres with landscaped gardens, ponds and wooden footbridges. Many lifestyle amenities are available, including a fitness center, a beauty salon, movie room, worship center and several activity rooms. Residents are free to structure their day with individualized Vibrant Life programs which involve different hobbies, social and intellectual activities, family and community events. The Elevate dining program in Solstice gives seniors a nutritious culinary experience daily.
Weatherly Inn Tacoma
6016 N Highlands Parkway
Tacoma, WA 98406
Weatherly Inn Tacoma is easily accessible from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and is close to various commercial amenities in the Highland Hill Shopping Center. The grounds of this senior community feature landscaped courtyards and surrounding trees, while the interiors are bright and spacious. Assisted living residents receive personalized care to keep them as independent as possible, and the 24/7 presence of licensed nursing staff offers peace of mind when it comes to health-related concerns. Weatherly Inn Tacoma is also about 5 minutes from CHI Franciscan Rehabilitation Hospital and just less than 4 miles from MultiCare Allenmore Hospital and MultiCare Tacoma Medical Center.
8609 Portland Avenue East
Tacoma, WA 98445
Located within Tacoma's charming urban landscape, Kings Manor is a clean, friendly environment that's as welcoming to guests as it is to residents. The community's 64 private apartments have a homey feel and are supported by a dedicated staff who provide high-quality care. It features a party space, garden and patio and on-site barber shop. Seniors can treat themselves to arts and crafts, music, games, stories and gardening.
The Village Senior Living
4707 South Orchard Street
Tacoma, WA 98466
Located in a quiet residential area in Tacoma, Washington, The Village Senior Living is one of the city's first senior homes. Its assisted living apartments provide comfortable accommodation with spacious bathrooms, individualized heating systems and large closets. Tailored care plans include medication management, around-the-clock care, regularly scheduled health monitoring and assistance with bathing, grooming and mealtimes. Daily exercise classes, games, arts and crafts, shopping trips and special events, are organized by a full-time Activity and Life Enrichment Coordinator to help promote active social lives, physical well-being and mental stimulation for the residents. The Village Senior Living also welcomes preapproved pets.
3615 South 23rd Street
Tacoma, WA 98405-1331
Brookdale Allenmore offers exceptional assisted living with independence, wellness and convenience in mind. It's perfectly situated on a residential street just off the main road where MultiCare Allenmore Hospital and a range of commercial amenities at Allenmore Marketplace and Tacoma Central are located. This pet-friendly neighborhood has landscaped grounds with surrounding trees, a courtyard garden and walking paths for outdoor relaxation. There are a wellness center and therapy room and salon/barbershop for the residents' physical well-being, and there are opportunities for socialization at the fireside living room, dining hall, game room and library. A variety of enriching activities offered include daily exercises, scheduled outings, art classes, iPad sessions, afternoon soda socials and live music.
Merrill Gardens at Tacoma
7290 Rosemount Circle
Tacoma, WA 98465
The urban elegance and family atmosphere in Merrill Gardens at Tacoma keeps seniors happy and well-rounded. This continuing care senior complex of apartments and cottages is conveniently located next to multiple commercial amenities in James Center and in neighboring University Place and Fircrest. The community's grounds have extensive walking paths and patio areas for barbecue parties and evening entertainment, while the common indoor areas have an open contemporary design to foster socialization and easy navigation. Lifestyle amenities include a fitness area, salon, library and restaurant-style and bistro-style dining areas, while Active Living Program activities give residents a sense of purpose. Seniors 62 or older may also enjoy discounted rates through the Income Qualified Program.
8201 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 48404
With modern amenities and a lush setting right next to the woodlands of Titlow Beach, Narrows Glen Tacoma offers a serene, yet vibrant environment. Residents enjoy outdoor relaxation on landscaped grounds with walking paths, and the fitness center helps them stay active through group classes. A library, salon/barbershop, activity room for games or arts and crafts, and a full range of activities and programs are offered to keep seniors busy and engaged. Residents are encouraged to sign up for scheduled nature walks, educational tours, yoga sessions and live events. Narrows Glen Tacoma is also a pet-friendly community, and assisted living residents are provided individualized wellness plants to support their holistic well-being.
Spring Ridge Assisted Living & Memory Care
6856 Portland Avenue
Tacoma, WA 48404
With picturesque views of Mount Rainier, seniors at Spring Ridge can enjoy their retirement in a relaxed and welcoming environment. A full team of caring staff is on-site to offer assistance with the tasks of daily living while allowing residents to maintain a sense of independence and dignity. The facility's life enrichment program includes a diverse selection of activities that give seniors the opportunity to be physically active, socialize and remain involved in their community, such as bingo, exercise classes, Bible study and group cooking lessons. Scheduled transportation is available to take seniors to medical appointments, and while the facility offers regular local outings, residents are still encouraged to go out and explore the community independently to shop, run errands and attend social events.