Puyallup is the third largest city in Washington’s Pierce County with a population of more than 36,670 residents, according to the Washington State Office of Financial Management. Most of the year, it is a quiet bedroom community located 10 miles southeast of county seat, Tacoma, and also near the communities of Sumner, South Hill, Graham, Orting and Edgewood, among other suburbs. However, the city livens up considerably during the countywide Daffodil Festival in April and in September as more than a million revelers are drawn from around the region for the Washington State Fair’s annual, three-week run.
Shopping and Dining
Since 1988, locals have been able to satisfy many of their shopping needs at the South Hill Mall, located at 3500 S. Meridian, which contains a movie theater – Regal Cinemas at South Hill Mall – and more than 100 shops, the likes of Macy’s, Old Navy and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Downtown Puyallup is quaint and easy to navigate with lots of beautiful, historic buildings; and locals enjoy a wide variety of dining options with Crockett’s Public House, Karma Indian Cuisine and Mama Sortini’s Italian restaurant among the most highly recommended by TripAdvisor.com.
Parks and recreation
Puyallup is best known for its Washington State Fair Event Center with its assortment of carnival rides, livestock facilities and an 11,000-seat grandstand that draws some of the biggest names in pop music in September (the likes of Tim McGraw, Kid Rock and J. Gavin DeGraw in recent years.) The campus is also the site of the smaller Puyallup Spring Fair in April and hosts a variety of other events – conventions, gun and antique shows – throughout the rest of the year.
Puyallup is also known for its historic Meeker Mansion, the former home of founding pioneer Ezra Meeker; and the related Meeker Days Festival draws an estimated 100,000 locals to beautiful, spacious Pioneer Park for food, games and the best of local music during its three-day run in June. From May through late October, Pioneer Park is also the home of a thriving Puyallup Farmer’s Market.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Puyallup School District runs 23 elementary schools, seven junior high schools and three senior high schools. The city is also home to the Karshner Museum – the only K through 12 teaching museum owned and operated by a school district west of the Mississippi River – and Pierce College, a community college tha served more than 20,000 students.
Locals have access to the state-of-the-art Multicare Good Samaritan Hospital which includes a Family Birth Center, Children’s Therapy Unity and 24-hour Emergency Department; and the city is located a short drive from Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia, allowing residents to take advantage of the thriving job markets in those bigger cities while enjoying Puyallup’s pastoral setting and lower coast of living.