Want to know what it’s like living in the Midland area of Tacoma? Since 2015 we’ve been building a neighborhood guide with information straight from the people who live in Tacoma’s neighborhoods. Their words and recommendations have built this site.  In this article we will go over what people who actually live in Midland think about living there. To learn more about Midland check out our Pierce County Neighborhood Guide.

What’s it like living in the Midland Area of Tacoma, Washington?

Midland is unique in that it offers homes with some wide open spaces within easy commuting distance to JBLM and Downtown Tacoma.

This clip is from a recent episode of the Move to Tacoma Podcast, “Tacoma Pride.” If you’d like to hear a little more about what Quincy likes about living in Midland and a whole lot about Tacoma Pride, check out the podcast page, iTunes, and Spotify:

Here’s what people who live in Midland say about what it’s like. When Quincy moved back to Tacoma he chose the Midland area to call home. Here is what he loves about it:

🏙️Close to Downtown for fun and dinners out
🏞️Great access to nature
🐴 His neighbors have animals

To see more of what there is to do in Midland and see more quotes from the neighbors visit the Midland Neighborhood Page. 

What is the sense of Community like in Midland Area?

Midland residents have a community center and meet regularly to talk about what’s going on in their community. The Midland Communnity Association meets monthly at the Mid-County Community Center. Mid-County Community Center provides a broad range of programs and services which meet the changing needs of older adults in mid-Pierce County; enhancing lives and uniting the community.

Where is the Midland Area of Tacoma located?

A map of Pierce County, Washington with the Midland Area of Tacoma highlighted on the map.

The Midland neighborhood is located about 6 miles southeast of Downtown Tacoma, Washington. As you can see in. the photo above it has a kind of reversed “L” shape. The southern border is highway 5-12 with Parkland to the south.  The western border is Pacific Avenue up til 96th Ave E where it jogs over to East McKinley Ave.  The north border is 72nd Street East with Tacoma’s Eastside Neighborhood to the north.  The western border is 24th avenue east with the Summit Neighborhood just beyond to the east.

What does it cost to buy a house in the Midland area?

The median home price in Midland is right around $470,000. This varies quite a bit by type of home. For example, a 2 bedroom condo recently sold in Midland for $229,950:

For an example of a typical median priced home in Midland check out this 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home that recently sold in Midland for $480,000:

How long does it take to commute to Downtown Seattle from the Midland Area?

People get from the Midland Area to Downtown Seattle in a few different ways. Obviously you can drive, which takes 40minutes. During peak commute times the drive can take an hour or more.

If you’re looking to take public transportation you have multiple choices leaving from downtown Tacoma depending on your schedule. From Midland you can get to Downtown Tacoma Dome Station in 10 minutes by car, 25 minutes by bike,  and 35 minutes on the #1 Bus along Pacific Avenue.

Here are the methods to get to Seattle once you reach the station:


Pierce Transit runs all of the buses in most of Pierce County. To see a system map click here. There are ST Express buses that take people from Tacoma to Seattle, Bellevue, and Everett operated by Sound Transit.


Sounder Trains run from Lakewood to Everett stopping in South Tacoma, Tacoma Dome, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, Tukwila, Seattle, Edmonds, Mukilteo, and finally Everett.

Amtrak Cascades Trains take passengers from Tacoma Dome Station all the way to Vancouver Canada (to the north) and through Portland Oregon and on to California (to the South).

How long does it take to commute to JBLM from Midland, WA?

It’s a 15 minute drive from Midland to the JBLM visitors center and just a few more minutes to the North Gate of JBLM. This can take longer in peak drive times but is a good rule of thumb. Midland’s proximity to highway 5-12 makes it a pretty easy commute for folks going to the base.

Want to learn more about neighborhoods in Tacoma?

MovetoTacoma.com was created by Marguerite Martin, a real estate agent in Tacoma since 2005. Click here to contact Marguerite for a zoom call and get answers to your questions! Marguerite has helped hundreds of people move to Tacoma over the years.

Learn about what people who live in Tacoma’s neighborhoods think about their communities. Marguerite at MovetoTacoma.com has interviewed hundreds of people over the past 10 years about life in Tacoma. These are excerpts from those interviews:


Wondering how Marguerite and Move to Tacoma can help you as you explore neighborhoods?

Step 1: Explore the Clickable Neighborhood Map of Tacoma

Our clickable neighborhood map of Tacoma’s neighborhoods is our pride and joy. Click through to find images and videos of each neighborhood. The Neighborhood guides on the map also include median home price information, blog posts about the neighborhoods, podcast episodes about the neighborhoods, and candid quotes from local neighbors.

Step 2: Listen to the Move to Tacoma Podcast

The best way to learn about Tacoma is to hear from the people who live here. On the Move to Tacoma Podcast Marguerite interviews Tacomans who’ve been here generations and Tacomans who just got here. From business and technology leaders to politicians and activists and everyone in between. The Move to Tacoma Podcast will give you insight into why people move here and how they find meaning and happiness in Tacoma.

Step 3: Read the Blog Posts on MovetoTacoma.com

On the Move to Tacoma Blog we have been writing about things to do in Tacoma, where to eat in Tacoma, hot button community topics, neighborhoods and more since 2015. There are hundreds of posts to help you find what you love in the City of Destiny. From posts about where to eat and drink to interviews with locals- the blog is a great place to keep up one what’s happening in Tacoma and Pierce County.

Step 4: Get a Realtor Referral from a Local Realtor

Marguerite Martin is a different kind of Tacoma real estate agent. Reach out to find out answers to questions you have about neighborhoods in Tacoma and Pierce County. When the time is right to start looking, Marguerite can connect you with a local real estate agent who specializes in the neighborhoods you love most. You can see reviews from past clients who’ve worked with Marguerite on Yelp and on Google.


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