The city of Tukwila has long been a central hub of activity in this region of Western Washington nestled between Lake Washington and Puget Sound. Located just off of I-405 and I-5, Tukwila residents enjoy their easy access to larger cities like Tacoma, Seattle and Bellevue yet also appreciate the slower pace of life in this city of 19,400-plus residents, according to 2010 census statistics. There are Tukwila apartments for rent to match every lifestyle and budget, so residents looking to settle into a well-connected community should start their search here.
Living in Tukwila, WA
The original stomping grounds of the Duwamish Tribe (whose most famous tribe member is Seattle's namesake, Chief Sealth), the area was named Tukwila, which means "land where the hazelnuts grow," by the tribe. The area was also plentiful with fish and wild berries. Pioneers came to the area around 1851 and settled in to take advantage of the rich soils along the Duwamish River. As more settlers moved into the area, Tukwila's place at the intersection of multiple rivers and several trails soon made it a hub of central activity.
Today, Tukwila has remained a well-connected city, with light rail options and easy access to local freeways and highways making the city seem even closer to all its neighboring communities. Located just five minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Tukwila also has the unique distinction of being one of the most accessible communities in terms of traveling to international or more distant domestic destinations as well.
Tukwila Work and Study
Individuals who are currently furthering their education while taking advantage of Tukwila rentals are doing so in a variety of fields. Aspiring chefs attend the Tukwila campus of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. The University of Phoenix also has its Western Washington campus in Tukwila, which is conveniently located near the Westfield Southcenter Shopping Center.
Residents and those who commute from nearby communities to work in Tukwila find employment opportunities in a range of fields. Manufacturing jobs account for the largest number of employment options, while the fields of education, health and social services follow closely behind. According to the city's website, top employers include Group Health Cooperative, Boeing Company, Costco Wholesale, as well as retail mega stores Macy's and Nordstrom, Inc.
Rentals in Tukwila, WA and Cost of Living
Being such an interconnected city, residents of Tukwila often pay a little higher than the national average for their cost of living. According to City-Data, Tukwila has a cost of living index of just over 111, which is 11 points higher than the national average. However, rent prices here are on average lower than Seattle, so settling into a Tukwila apartment can still be a more affordable option.
Tukwila Attractions and Special Events
Tukwila is home to attractions that allure both urban socialites and adventurous outdoor-types of all ages. A city that largely caters to families, Tukwila is home to one of the three area locations of the Family Fun Center & Bullwinkle's Restaurant. Visitors can enjoy endless rounds of laser tag and bumper cars inside, while go-karts and mini golf provide hours of fun outside.
Located just beyond Tukwila's city center is The Museum of Flight, a world-class museum that houses more than 150 different aircrafts from throughout history, including the Bell UH-1H Iroquois, Air Force One for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, as well as the world's fastest jetliner, the Concorde.
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