Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city in the state of Washington. The city is located on a peninsula on the southern end of Washington's Puget Sound, in an area 32 miles SW of Seattle, 31 miles NE of the State capital, Olympia, and 58 miles NW of Mount Rainier National Park. Tacoma has an estimated population of almost 200,000. Tacoma is the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area, the third-largest in the state, and the seat of government of Pierce County.
Tacoma adopted its name after the nearby Mount Rainier, which was originally called Mount Tacoma or Mount Tahoma. It is known as the City of Destiny because the area was chosen to be the site of the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the late 1800s. The decision of the railroad was influenced in part because of Tacoma's neighboring Commencement Bay. Today Commencement Bay serves the Port of Tacoma, a major player in international trade on the Pacific Coast.
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