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From another perspective, Tacoma really is Washington’s second city


Our good friends at the political blog at The News Tribune in Tacoma appear to be challenging us to a friendly Swivel chart war.

Responding to our bar chart showing that Spokane is the second largest city in the state -- with a 2,000-person lead over Tacoma -- The News Tribune's Political Buzz reminded us that Pierce County has a signficant lead over Spokane County and easily claims the highly coveted title of "Washington's Second County." We at Spin Control do not dispute this title, only its relevance.

We provide this hypothetical conversation between a stranger and a Tacoman while he is on vacation out of state:

Tacoman: Hi, my name is Beavis Simpson. I live in Tacoma.

Stranger: Tacoma, that's the second largest city in Washington, right?

Tacoman: Actually, that's Spokane.

Stranger: That's too bad.

Tacoman: Oh, don't feel bad for us. Tacoma actually is in Pierce County, and that's the second largest county in the state.

Sound desperate?

If Tacoma wants the title of Second City, our new Swivel Chart provides the proof to support such a claim without resorting to the irresponsible behavior mentioned on The News Tribune blog post.

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Jonathan Brunt
Jonathan Brunt joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. He is the government editor. He previously was a reporter who covered Spokane City Hall, Spokane County government and public safety.

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