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A+ Puyallup Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Puyallup Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% higher than Washington
Puyallup
11818% more expensive than the US average
Washington
11515% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Puyallup cost of living
F Puyallup Crime Total crime is 74% higher than Washington
Total crime
6,035119% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 17119% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-16%Year over year crime is down
Puyallup crime
C- Puyallup Employment Household income is 2% higher than Washington
Median household income
$64,34216% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$32,88510% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%2% higher than the US average
Puyallup employment
B Puyallup Housing Home value is 4% lower than Washington
Median home value
$258,80040% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,08114% higher than the US average
Home ownership
53%17% lower than the US average
Puyallup real estate or Puyallup rentals
C Puyallup Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Washington
High school grad. rates
86%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
51%4% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:125% higher than the US average
Puyallup K-12 schools or Puyallup colleges

Living in Puyallup, WA

Puyallup, Washington is a mid-sized city with a population of 39,274 inhabitants. According to the most recent Census, 83% of Puyallup residents are White, 5% Asian and 3% Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 70% of the population considered married and 58% with kids under the age of 18, Puyallup could be considered a very suitable city for families.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Puyallup, Washington. Finding the best places to live in Puyallup and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, cost of living, housing and other important metrics.

Puyallup has a livability score of 70 out of 100 and is ranked #169 in Washington and #10,602 in the USA. If we consider each of the categories individually, we see that Puyallup ranks well for amenities (A+) and housing (B). On a less positive note, Puyallup does not have favorable ranks for the following: crime (F) and cost of living (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Puyallup, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Daffodil Bowl, Putting Zoo, and Paintball Sports Park.

Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Puyallup can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Puyallup. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Puyallup are affordable. Median real estate prices in Puyallup come in at $258,800, which is 3.9% lower than the Washington average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Puyallup, the home price to income ratio is 4, which is 7% lower than the Washington average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Puyallup area were 9.2% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 9.9%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Puyallup, WA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Puyallup, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
North End, Tacoma7611.124,051
Northeast Tacoma, Tacoma718.916,749
West End, Tacoma6713.226,425
Eastside-Enact, Tacoma656.431,293
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Tacoma, Tacoma639.325,639
Ruston, Tacoma6213.2962
South End, Tacoma617.639,768
Central, Tacoma611022,107

Best Cities Near Puyallup, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Maple Valley, WA8217.625,093
Medina, WA82313,169
Clyde Hill, WA8231.33,197
Yarrow Point, WA8132.41,149
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mercer Island, WA8026.724,467
Sammamish, WA8031.562,136
Redmond, WA7935.459,268
Bellevue, WA7930.1136,718

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Nice to bad to worse

Attractions2/10
Community1/10
Nightlife1/10
Dining3/10
Shopping4/10
I have lived here for more than 30 years. people have gotten so disrespectful. People here are rude and disrespectful. No real policing of the area. They just try to be everyones friend instead of handing out the tickets. I have seen a vehicle do an illegal turn with no turn signals right in front of an officer and he did nothing . i have see vehicles cut people off tailgate, bully people right in front of officers and they did nothing!
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People are the problem

Attractions5/10
Community1/10
Nightlife2/10
Dining2/10
Shopping2/10
Due to my career choice I've lived in several cities across the western and central north America's. The one thing I have always found in my travels is friendly thoughtful people. There is a severe lack of humanity and consideration in this city. A bunch of whiners and complainers and nothing is there fault. Fat, stupid and lazy are found in large quantities in puyallup. I've had neighbors park in front of driveway of my home. I've seen kids, numerous kids numerous times abuse animals on their walks to and from school. My neighbor has had multiple robberies. The good news is that the package theft companies are hiring and most are located in puyallup.
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Great place to live, but cost of living here is getting high

Attractions7/10
Community8/10
Nightlife3/10
Dining3/10
Shopping10/10
I've read some of the other reviews of Puyallup, and I have to say I do not agree with most of them. They do have a lot of churches here, and I wouldn't say they are all spiritually dead. There are always some that may try to be politically correct because they don't want to alienate the LBGT community, but there are others that choose to just speak the truth from the Word. I've been to a church here where the pastor stated his opinion as if were facts taken directly from the Bible, and I've been to a few churches where is there is something left to interpretation, the pastor chooses to state his opinion as just that, his opinion of what it means. There is plenty of shopping available here. We have South Hill Mall, and we have a couple of strip malls, a couple of WalMarts and a couple of Targets. Violent crime is very low here, but property crime can be a problem. When we first moved into our home, we had a break in. Fortunately they didn't get much because I happened to have my alarm set pretty much right for the time they broke in. We bought an alarm for the house and haven't had a problem in the three years since then. The people here may seem distant or disinterested, but I contribute that to what is commonly known as the "Seattle Freeze". People don't mean to be rude or unsocial, they're just usually so involved in whatever they're doing they tend to ignore their surroundings. We've lived in this neighborhood for a little over four years, and we've hardly ever talked with our neighbors other than a quick hello if we happen to be outside at the same time. I can't really speak much for the nightlife as I am not really into that scene. If you love coffee, you're in the right place as there are coffee stands on almost every block of the main roads here: Canyon and Meridian.
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Not what I had in mind

Attractions5/10
Community3/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining5/10
Shopping5/10
While in the company of a very honorable puyallup native i myself have witnessed many ileagle actions taken by the community,higher authority,and alson teachers and other general local buisjess in the Sunrise area of Puyallup WA. Ive been told that there is a plan construed by Jeramy Funk, Kim Saxon, and Tim Mygon . And lots of YMCA members and staff included out of Mel korums YMCA.. I am only one of several whiteness to this massive invasion of personal space and civil rights just to scratch the surface. The huge contingentcy of gypsies, and other eastern european ethnicities that involve the harassment by vehicle prowling to stalking personally in public areas. Ive delt with this harrasmrnt only on a small scale compared to my coligue. All of these strange incidents are all recorded and taped in very detailed order.. All of this started in Rebeca Ridege, and SouthWood and north and south Sunrise and Mornigview. All of these ver so called dream spots have all made me scared for my own self being and the health and being of my coligue..Iam bring this to everyones attention to prove to you that this is real.....!
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Hometown Feel

Attractions7/10
Community8/10
Nightlife6/10
Dining6/10
Shopping7/10
I have lived in or around Puyallup for most of my life and have never experienced the extreme negativity being spoken by PENNY13. There are multiple different churches in and around Puyallup for those who are looking for a church home. I have attended many of them and have never experienced any of them that are spiritually dead. When I attended high school there I think I experienced 2 pregnant teenagers at my highschool total so I'm not sure where that label came from either. I have rented multiple apartments in the south hill area and have never experienced intrusive management/staff. I can't personally say that I've dealt with any legal cases but I have never heard any negative experiences from those I know who have. My take is that Puyallup is a great community to live in especially when compared to some of the other surrounding south sound communities. There is not a lot in the way of nightlife for the single folks but there are nearby bars/restaurants that you can frequent plus nearby movie theaters. Lots of restuarants to choose from throughout both downtown and southhill area of Puyallup. There is a mall plus multiple different shopping centers on south hill and multiple different grocers to choose from. For families with kids there are local activities neaby whether it be skating, bowling, biking, or playing baseball in the park. My favorities part about living in Puyallup is the sense of community they build through local events. The summer is full of fun with a weekly farmers market, concerts and movies in the park and more. Traffic on south hill can be bad at times and I'm sure there are the few bad seeds in the city, as there would be in any, but I definitely would not peg the city to blame for those instances/people as it is definitely not the norm and "nightmare" is not an appropriate label.
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PUYALLUP NIGHTMARE

Attractions3/10
Community3/10
Nightlife3/10
Dining3/10
Shopping6/10
I WAS RAISED A GOD-FEARING CHRISTIAN WITH RESPECT FOR THE GOLDEN RULE AND MY FELLOW MAN.
FROM THE DAY I STARTED WORKING AFTER HIGHSCHOOL TO RECENT; I HAVE ENCOUNTERED NOTHING BUT CUT-THROAT, BAD PEOPLE IN PUYALLUP.
THEY SEEK NOTHING BUT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ANYONE THEY CAN, DEFRAUD THEM, FORCE THEM INTO BANKRUPTCY (AFTER THEY HIT-RUN), THE POLICE NEVER GET INVOLVED AND ARE CORRUPT(HAD ONE INTENTIONALLY THROW AWAY EVIDENCE AND SAID THEY SAW SOMETHING THEY DID NOT.) EITHER THEY ARE CORRUPT OR NUTS?
PLAN ON GETTING INTO CAR ACCIDENTS AROUND PUYALLUP, PEOPLE ACT LIKE RAMMING PEOPLE AT RUSH-HOUR IS OK AND YOU SHOULD NOT EXPECT TO GET COMPENSATION FOR THEIR DESTROYING YOUR CAR. HAVE HAD TO SUE THREE YRS AND GOING BECAUSE THE PUYALLUP TRASH REFUSE TO 'PAY' FOR WHAT THEY DO!
THE CHURCHES ARE SPIRITUALLY DEAD AND FOLLOW FALSE CONCEPTS OF GOD'S WORD. THEY ARE COMPLETE HIPOCRITES, AND REFUSE TO DEFEND THEIR BRETHEREN WHEN THE NEED ARISES. THEIR BELIEF IS TO MAINTAIN POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AT ALL COSTS.
THE MANAGERS IN PUYALLUP, APARTMENTS, ECT; BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO ENTER ILLEGALLY, AND FORCE TENANTS TO LIVE UNDER THEIR TYRANNICAL ROLE-PLAYING. ALL THE APARTMENTS I HAVE LIVED IN ARE ALL LIKE THIS. I DIRECTLY CORRESPONDS TO THE 'TYPE' OF MENTALITY OF THE PEOPLE IN PUYALLUP.
ALL THE TEENAGERS HERE ARE ALL PREGNANT. THEY ARE ALL ON THE ROAD TO WELFARE AND HAVE NO HIGHER GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS OTHER THAN TO BE PREGNANT THE EARLIER THE BETTER!
THE BEST THEIR CHURCHES DO HERE, IS TO HAVE A LOCAL FOOD BANK TO GIVE FOLLOWER'S OF CHRIST ROTTEN OLD FOOD.
I HAVE BEEN FORCED INTO BANKRUPTCY THREE TIMES NOW DUE TO THE BUSINESS IN PUYALLUP SCREWING ME OVER. PLAN ON BEING FORCED TO SUE IF YOU DON'T WANT TO LET EVERYONE AROUND PUYALLUP TREAD ON YOU. IT IS THE WORSE PLACE I HAVE EVER BEEN.
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Source: The Puyallup, WA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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