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Overview

Introduction to Puyallup, Washington

Puyallup, Washington, in Pierce county, is 8 miles SE of Tacoma, Washington (center to center) and 29 miles S of Seattle, Washington. The city is in the Tacoma area. There are 33,011 residents in Puyallup.

Puyallup History

In the 1830s and 1840s, the area now known as Puyallup was occupied by Native Americans. European settlers first arrived here in the 1850s. Ezra Meeker platted the town site in 1877. The community was named after the river valley, which in turn was named after the local Puyallup Indians tribes. "Puyallup" means "the generous people." Puyallup had become a major hop growing region by the 1880s. It was incorporated as a town in 1890. The Fairgrounds served as home to over 7,000 Japanese residents during World War II.

Puyallup and nearby Attractions

  • Meeker Mansion
  • Washington State History Museum
  • Western Washington State Fair Grounds
  • Bradley Lake
  • Grayland Park
  • Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Puyallup

Meeker Mansion, which is run by the Ezra Meeker Historical Society, concentrates on regional history. Those interested in learning about the local history and culture can visit Fort Nisqually Historic Site, Washington State History Museum, Museum of Glass, Children's Museum of Tacoma, and Tacoma Art Museum. Other interesting places to visit are the Western Washington State Fair Grounds, Linden Country Club, Willows Center, and East Meridian Square. The Meridian Place Shopping Center, Village Fair Shopping Center, South Hill Mall, and Hi-Ho One-Stop Shopping Center provide some amazing entertainment facilities for visitors. In addition, the city hosts annual celebrations including the Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade, Meeker Days, Oktoberfest Northwest, Puyallup Fair, Scandinavian Heritage Festival, and the Spring Fair.

Puyallup Transportation

Air transportation facilities are provided by the McChord AFB Airport.

Puyallup Higher Education

Residents of Puyallup can enroll at Bates Technical College, University of Puget Sound, and Pacific Lutheran University.

People

Total Population 38,720
Male Share of the Population 50.3%
Female Share of the Population 49.7%
Senior Citizens 13.7%
Employed Population 16+ 18,511
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 44.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.7%
Median Earnings25+ $41,568
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,794
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,607

Wealth

Median Family Income $77,089
% Above Poverty Level 89.5%
% Below Poverty Level 10.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,041
Median House Value $255,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26%
US/American 0.2%
English 12.3%
Irish 13.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Puyallup Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles SE of Tacoma, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 29 miles S of Seattle, Washington
County Pierce
Standard Zip Codes 98371, 98372, 98373, 98374, 98375
Phone Area Codes 253
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.185
Longitude -122.291

Puyallup Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station PUYALLUP 2 W EXP STN
Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 47 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 52 to 78 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 40.5 inches
Station MC MILLIN RESERVOIR
Distance 3.8 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 45 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 51 to 75 F
Oct Temp 41 to 59 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches
Station BUCKLEY 1 NE
Distance 13.8 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 45 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 51 to 76 F
Oct Temp 41 to 60 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Puyallup, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Alderton (98371)

Firwood (98371)

Jovita (98371)

Maplewood (98371)

Meeker (98371)

Puy (98371)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bonney Lake 18,516 $90,810
Edgewood 9,600 $91,094
Fife 9,477 $66,651
Milton 7,219 $77,109
Pacific 6,954 $63,442
Sumner 9,584 $72,188

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Puyallup Hospitals

GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL & REHAB CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
407 14TH AVE SE
(253) 848-6661
Emergency Service: Yes

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Puyallup High Schools

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GOV JOHN ROGERS HS
12801 86TH AVE E
253-841-8717
Serves 1,564 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.3

PUYALLUP HIGH SCHOOL
105 SEVENTH ST SW
253-841-8711
Serves 1,559 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

EMERALD RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
12405 184TH ST E
253-435-6300
Serves 1,409 students.

E B WALKER HIGH SCHOOL
5715 MILWAUKEE AVE E
253-841-8781
Serves 237 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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