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Joint Base Lewis-McChord

I Corps and the 62nd Airlift Wing
Building 1010 Liggett Ave., Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433

In Tacoma, the summers are short, warm, dry, and partly cloudy and the winters are very cold, wet, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 37°F to 78°F and is rarely below 27°F or above 88°F.


The warm season lasts for 2.7 months, from June 23 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 72°F. The hottest day of the year is August 3, with an average high of 78°F and low of 57°F. The cool season lasts for 3.7 months, from November 12 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 37°F and high of 45°F.


The wetter season lasts 6.7 months, from October 10 to May 1, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 57% on November 18. The drier season lasts 5.3 months, from May 1 to October 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 7% on August 5.

Mountains near Tacoma, WA
Old City Hall Tacoma WA

Cost of Living
The average cost of living in Tacoma, WA is 3% lower than the average of Washington and 12% higher than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Tacoma, WA, the price of goods and services are 10% higher than the average of Washington as well as 16% higher than the nation’s average.

Getting to Know the Area

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord community includes Tacoma, WA located in Pierce County.  The area offers plenty of entertaining activities — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. If you are feeling brave, take the plunge down the Raging River Ride at Wild Waves Theme & Water Park. Tee off at one of the many 18-hole golf courses the Pacific Northwest is known for. Don’t miss the Washington State Fair and Spring Fair in Puyallup or the hundreds of daffodils adorning floats in the Daffodil Festival’s annual parade. And be sure to check out the spectacular Museum of Glass in Tacoma.


Some other points of interest inlcude Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Symphony Tacoma, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Space Needle, Fremont Troll Park, Puget Creek Natural Area, Pike Place Market, and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.


Check out these websites for a list of all of the great events going on in the area.  

Glass Museum Tacoma WA
Bridge Tacoma WA
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