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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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population39,274
Male Share of the Population50.1%
Female Share of the Population49.9%
Senior Citizens14.2%
Employed Population 16+18,864
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married44.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26.9%
Median Earnings25+$41,956
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$31,713
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,856

Wealth

Median Family Income$78,617
% Above Poverty Level89.3%
% Below Poverty Level10.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work2%
% Using Public Transportation2.9%

Housing

People Living Alone29.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,081
Median House Value$258,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25.1%
Irish12.8%
English12.4%
Norwegian7.2%
Italian4.8%
French Except Basque3.2%
Swedish3.1%
Scottish3%
Polish2.3%
Dutch1.8%
Welsh1.4%
Russian0.9%
Danishn0.9%
Portuguese0.9%
Swiss0.9%
Canadian0.8%
Ukrainian0.7%
Finnish0.6%
Arab0.5%
Egyptian0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Czech0.3%
African0.3%
Greek0.3%
Hungarian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Belgian0.1%
Australian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Basque0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
German0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Puyallup Almanac

CategoryValue
County Pierce County
Standard Zip Codes98371, 98372, 98373, 98374, 98375
Phone Area Codes253
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude47.19
Approximate Longitude-122.33

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)

StationPUYALLUP 2 W EXP STN
Distance2.2 miles
Jan Temp33 to 47 F
Apr Temp39 to 61 F
Jul Temp52 to 78 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip40.5 inches
StationMC MILLIN RESERVOIR
Distance3.8 miles
Jan Temp32 to 45 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp51 to 75 F
Oct Temp41 to 59 F
Annual Precip43.1 inches
StationBUCKLEY 1 NE
Distance13.8 miles
Jan Temp32 to 45 F
Apr Temp39 to 59 F
Jul Temp51 to 76 F
Oct Temp41 to 60 F
Annual Precip48.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bonney Lake19,022$93,272
Edgewood9,862$92,208
Fife9,645$67,262
Milton7,239$81,413
Pacific7,042$57,694
Sumner9,691$75,455

Puyallup Public Libraries

Puyallup Public Library
324 S MERIDIAN
Puyallup, Washington
(253) 841-5454

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Puyallup Hospitals

Multicare Good Samaritan Hospital
(Non-profit)
401 15th Ave Se
(253) 697-4000
Good Samaritan Hospital
(Non-profit)
407 14th Ave Se
(253) 697-4000

Puyallup Public Schools

Riverside Elementary
5515 44th St E
ZIP: 98371
(253) 841-8741
Primary
Psd Special Services
214 W. Main
ZIP: 98371
(253) 841-8700
Other
Total Enrollment 118
Maplewood Elementary
1110 W Pioneer
ZIP: 98371
(253) 841-8737
Primary
Total Enrollment 410
Puyallup High School
105 Seventh St Sw
ZIP: 98371
(253) 841-8711
High
Total Enrollment 1664
Chief Leschi School
5625 52nd Street East
ZIP: 98371
(253) 445-6000
Other
Fruitland Elementary
1515 Fruitland Ave
ZIP: 98371
(253) 841-8734
Primary
Total Enrollment 567
Karshner Elementary
1328 8th Ave Nw
ZIP: 98371
(253) 841-8736
Primary
Total Enrollment 335
Meeker Elementary
409 5th St Sw
ZIP: 98371
(253) 841-8738
Primary
Total Enrollment 423
Quest
428 11th St Sw
ZIP: 98371
(253) 841-8751
Primary
Aylen Jr High
101 15th St Sw
ZIP: 98371
(253) 841-8723
Middle
Total Enrollment 649
Spinning Elementary
1306 E Pioneer
ZIP: 98372
(253) 841-8742
Primary
Total Enrollment 314
Phoenix Program
5715 Milwaukee Ave E
ZIP: 98372
(253) 841-8781
Other
Total Enrollment 49
Kalles Junior High
501 7th Ave Se
ZIP: 98372
(253) 841-8729
Middle
Total Enrollment 895
Stewart Elementary
426 4th Ave Ne
ZIP: 98372
(253) 841-8743
Primary
Total Enrollment 325
Shaw Road Elementary
1106 Shaw Rd
ZIP: 98372
(253) 841-8675
Primary
Total Enrollment 597
Walker High School
5715 Milwaukee Ave E
ZIP: 98372
(253) 841-8781
High
Total Enrollment 137
Rogers High School
12801 86th Ave E
ZIP: 98373
(253) 841-8717
High
Total Enrollment 1759
Zeiger Elementary
13008 94th Ave E
ZIP: 98373
(253) 841-8663
Primary
Total Enrollment 823
Ballou Jr High
9916 136th St E
ZIP: 98373
(253) 841-8725
Middle
Total Enrollment 736
Firgrove Elementary
13918 Meridian S
ZIP: 98373
(253) 841-8733
Primary
Total Enrollment 545
Woodland Elementary
7707 112th St E
ZIP: 98373
(253) 841-8747
Primary
Total Enrollment 696
Warren Hunt Elem
12801 144th St E
ZIP: 98374
(253) 841-8690
Primary
Total Enrollment 655
Emerald Ridge High School
12405 184th St E
ZIP: 98374
(253) 435-6300
High
Total Enrollment 1585
Ferrucci Jr High
3213 Wildwood Pk Dr
ZIP: 98374
(253) 841-8756
Middle
Total Enrollment 669
Pope Elementary
15102 122nd Ave E
ZIP: 98374
(253) 841-8755
Primary
Total Enrollment 554
Glacier View Junior High
12807 184th St E
ZIP: 98374
(253) 840-8922
Middle
Total Enrollment 855
Ridgecrest Elementary
12616 Shaw Rd E
ZIP: 98374
(253) 841-8753
Primary
Total Enrollment 517
Sunrise Elementary
2323 39th Ave Se
ZIP: 98374
(253) 841-8418
Primary
Total Enrollment 532
Wildwood Elementary
1601 26th Ave Se
ZIP: 98374
(253) 841-8746
Primary
Total Enrollment 484
Edgerton Elementary
16528 127th Ave Ct E
ZIP: 98374
(253) 840-8809
Primary
Total Enrollment 789
Brouillet Elementary
17207 94th Ave E
ZIP: 98375
(253) 841-8670
Primary
Total Enrollment 689
Frederickson Elementary
17418 74th Ave E
ZIP: 98375
(253) 683-6000
Primary
Total Enrollment 560
Stahl Junior High
9610 168th St E
ZIP: 98375
(253) 840-8881
Middle
Total Enrollment 835
Carson Elementary
8615 184th St E
ZIP: 98375
(253) 840-8808
Primary
Total Enrollment 968

Puyallup Private Schools

All Saints Elementary School
504 2nd St Sw
ZIP: 98371
Elementary
Total Enrollment 383
Northwest Christian School
904 Shaw Rd
ZIP: 98372
Elementary
Total Enrollment 108
Cascade Christian - Puyallup Elementary
601 9th Ave Se
ZIP: 98372
Elementary
Total Enrollment 357
Cascade Christian -junior High/high School
811 21st St Se
ZIP: 98372
Secondary
Total Enrollment 528
Kindercare Learning Center #1479
10221 152nd St E
ZIP: 98374
Elementary
Total Enrollment 94
La Petite Academy Gem Heights Dr
16028 Gem Heights Dr E
ZIP: 98375
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
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