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Equity Index

Tacoma's New Equity Index

The Equity Index is one of the primary tools that city staff, community members, partners, and other decision makers can use to help ensure that they are making data-informed decisions that address these indicators and improve access to opportunity for all Tacoma residents. 


screenshot of the Equity Index Tool 


The Equity Index is an interactive tool that highlights the disparities within the City. The Index uses 20 data points to determine where people are not able to access services or where services do not meet the community needs. In addition, the Index is a tool to help city and community partners make Tacoma an inclusive and equitable City to live, learn, work and play.


Equity Index Map


Equity and Tacoma 2025

The Equity Index is comprised of 20 indicators within the 2025 Strategic Plan goals; Accessibility, Economy, Education, and Livability.


Tacoma 2025 represents our community’s vision for Tacoma’s future. With defined indicators and other ways to measure progress, it is a plan that guides where the City of Tacoma – as both a local government organization and a community – is going over the next 10 years. It is also a plan that helps us direct our efforts and resources in ways that reflect our growing community’s evolving needs.


The community was clear that Equity and Accessibility was a priority and made it one of the five main goals of Tacoma 2025. By working with the community, it became clear that in order to achieve their vision of equity and accessibility, these indicators would need to be addressed:

  • Improve access and proximity by residents to diverse income levels and race/ethnicity to community facilities, services, infrastructure, and employment.  
  • All students will graduate from high school and be prepared to enter the workforce or pursue post-secondary education.
  • Increase the number of quality out of school time learning opportunities distributed equitably across the city.
  • Decrease the percentage of individuals who are spending more than 45% of income on housing and transportation costs.
  • Elected officials, boards, commissions, and volunteer leadership will reflect the diversity of the Tacoma community. 
  • Increase digital access and equity across the city.
  • Representation at public meetings will reflect the diversity of the Tacoma community. 
  • Increase the number of Tacoma households that have livable wage jobs within proximity to the city.  

Please consult out User Guide for guidance and/or use the data definition guide for more details about each indicator.

For details about the calculations or a link to download the shapefile, please reference the ArcGIS site.


Read our Equity Index Frequently Asked Questions.

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