Many Historic Hilltop residents are descendents of Hilltop's early settlements by Germans, Italians, Scandinavians, Japanese, Southeast Asians, Filipinos, African-Americans, Russians, Jews, Hungarians, Austrians, and Irish who immigrated here for work or made their home here after World War II.
Hilltop has recently transformed from an abandoned, blighted area to a vivacious and thriving community and is still a wonderful work in progress. It is an urban community that is rich in diversity, culture, and art.
Hilltop’s estimated 12,500 residents are proud of their grand Victorian homes, craftsmans with huge covered porches, and lovely parks. The Hilltop area offers community gardens such as the one at 8th & I Street: Neighbors Park and the Guadelupe Garden.
Historic Hilltop is full of art and cultural displays to be seen throughout the neighborhood, boasting huge murals, lovely gardens, and historical buildings. Hilltop is also where you’ll find an abundance of medical care: Tacoma General, St Joseph’s Hospital, and Mary Bridge Childrens Hospital.
The Tacoma Hilltop neighborhood is located just south of Downtown Tacoma. Freeways and light rail links are easily accessible from 21st St.