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Overview

Introduction to Pullman, Washington

The city of Pullman is located in Whitman County in the southeastern part of the state of Washington. Situated only six miles west of the Idaho border, Pullman is part of the wheat-producing agricultural area known as the Palouse region. Historically a pea and lentil farming area, the city is also a bustling college town owing to the presence and strong local prominence of Washington State University (WSU).

Situated at the junction of Washington State Highway 270 and U.S. Route 195, Pullman is serviced by a local airport, the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport, which also serves the neighboring city of Moscow, Idaho (6 miles to the east). Other communities close to Pullman include Colfax (to the north), and Lewiston, Idaho (to the south). The city of Spokane is located 76 miles to the north.

Incorporated in 1886, Pullman was originally named Three Forks, in reference to the convergence of three small nearby rivers (Dry Fork, Missouri Flat Creek, and the South Fork of the Palouse River). The city later changed its name to honor noted industrialist George Pullman, inventor of the Pullman railroad car. According to some accounts, the name change was inspired by a large endowment from Mr. Pullman. In 1892, the state opened its new Agricultural College and School of Science in the city. The school expanded to become Washington State College in 1905 and in 1959 became Washington State University. Still heavily influenced by the University, Pullman today boasts a mix of prominent industries: education, high technology, and of course, agriculture.

Things to do in Pullman

Pullman offers numerous cultural, artistic, and recreational activities to its visitors and residents. On the Washington State University campus are three notable museums: the Worthman Veterinary Anatomy Teaching Museum, which features hundreds of dried and skeletal preparations of large and small domestic animals as well as specimens of birds and wild species; Conner Museum, which contains the largest public collection of birds and mammals in the Pacific Northwest; and the WSU Museum of Anthropology, which chronicles cultural similarities and differences in people. The WSU Museum of Art, the largest fine arts facility in the Inland Northwest, operates a rotating program of exhibits throughout the year. The Pullman Civic Theatre, founded in 1946, performs five plays yearly and sponsors the Eclipse Theatre Program for teens. The Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum is one of the largest performing arts centers in the region, offering top-name comedians, musical acts, symphonies, and ballet and operatic touring companies.

Pullman hosts several community events throughout the year. The most famous of these is the annual National Lentil Festival. Held in August, the event celebrates the prominence of the small legume in the city's agricultural history. The weekend event commences with an evening of activities in downtown Pullman and continues with a series of activities in the city's Reaney Park and in various locations throughout the city. Pullman is also part of a Fourth of July circuit of events celebrated around the communities of the Palouse region. The communities have coordinated their events, making it possible for visitors to "town-hop" from one community to another and not miss any of the activities. Pullman's contribution to the extravaganza includes a brilliant late-evening fireworks display.

Area sports fans can enjoy the best of NCAA Division I collegiate action right in town. The Washington State Cougars, WSU's noted athletic teams, participate in the Pacific Ten (Pac-10) Conference. The University's athletic program includes men's baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, and track and field; as well as women's basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, swimming, softball, volleyball, tennis, and track and field. Professional sports can be found less than an hour away in the city of Spokane, home of Minor League Baseball's Spokane Indians. The Indians are the class single-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, and they play in the Northwest League.

Demographics

People

Total Population32,176
Male Share of the Population50.8%
Female Share of the Population49.2%
Senior Citizens5.2%
Employed Population 16+14,008
Age of the Population22

Families

% of people married25%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher66.7%
Median Earnings25+$30,935
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,250

Wealth

Median Family Income$69,594
% Above Poverty Level59.2%
% Below Poverty Level40.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time11 minutes
% Working from Home4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work24.2%
% Using Public Transportation6.9%

Housing

People Living Alone29.9%
Median Gross Rent$733
Median House Value$233,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)32.8%
German20.8%
Irish11.9%
English8.1%
Norwegian4.9%
Italian4.4%
French Except Basque3.7%
Scottish3.4%
Swedish3.1%
Polish3.1%
Dutch2.4%
African1.4%
Arab1.2%
Russian1.2%
Welsh1.1%
Danishn1%
Ukrainian0.9%
Canadian0.9%
Portuguese0.8%
Finnish0.6%
Swiss0.5%
Iranian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Czech0.4%
Basque0.3%
Nigerian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Kenyan0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Australian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Pullman Almanac

CategoryValue
County Whitman County
Standard Zip Codes99163
Company Zip Codes99164
Phone Area Codes509
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude46.72
Approximate Longitude-117.18

Pullman Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPULLMAN 2 NW
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp24 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp50 to 82 F
Oct Temp37 to 60 F
Annual Precip21 inches
StationCOLFAX
Distance13.3 miles
Jan Temp24 to 37 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp50 to 83 F
Oct Temp33 to 62 F
Annual Precip20 inches
StationLEWISTON AP
Distance26.4 miles
Jan Temp28 to 39 F
Apr Temp41 to 62 F
Jul Temp59 to 88 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip12.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Albion691$50,625
Colfax2,851$55,192
Colton418$68,000
Garfield499$63,438
Palouse1,048$72,292
Uniontown377$75,750

Pullman Public Libraries

Pullman (neill) Public Library
210 N GRAND AVE
Pullman, Washington
(509) 334-3595

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Pullman Hospitals

Pullman Regional Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
835 Southeast Bishop Boulevard
(509) 332-2541

Pullman Public Schools

Franklin Elementary
850 Se Klemgard
ZIP: 99163
(509) 334-5641
Primary
Total Enrollment 429
Jefferson Elementary
1150 Nw Bryant
ZIP: 99163
(509) 332-2617
Primary
Total Enrollment 452
Lincoln Middle School
315 Se Crestview
ZIP: 99163
(509) 334-3411
Middle
Total Enrollment 615
Pullman High School
510 Nw Greyhound Way
ZIP: 99163
(509) 332-1551
High
Total Enrollment 732
Sunnyside Elementary
425 Sw Shirley
ZIP: 99163
(509) 334-1800
Primary
Total Enrollment 456

Pullman Private Schools

Learning Center
115 Nw State St Ste B10
ZIP: 99163
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
Montessori School Of Pullman
115 Nw State St
ZIP: 99163
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 61
Pullman Christian School
345 Sw Kimball Dr
ZIP: 99163
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 52
Royal Garrison School
Nw 115 State St
ZIP: 99163
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 20
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