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A+ South Hill Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F South Hill Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% higher than Washington
South Hill
11818% more expensive than the US average
11515% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
South Hill cost of living
F South Hill Crime Total crime is 26% higher than Washington
Total crime
4,38959% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2359% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-6%Year over year crime is down
South Hill crime
C- South Hill Employment Household income is 22% higher than Washington
Median household income
$76,62439% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$29,709equal to the US average
Unemployment rate
5%14% higher than the US average
South Hill employment
B South Hill Housing Home value is 10% lower than Washington
Median home value
$243,70032% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,29136% higher than the US average
Home ownership
73%15% higher than the US average
South Hill real estate or South Hill rentals
C- South Hill Schools HS graduation rate is 4% higher than Washington
High school grad. rates
90%9% higher than the US average
School test scores
48%3% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
South Hill K-12 schools

Living in South Hill, WA

Located in the state of Washington, South Hill is a mid-sized city with a population of 55,194 people. In South Hill, there are 3,007 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. At 77%, the majority of the South Hill population is White; this is followed by 6% Asian and 4% Black. South Hill has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 78% of the population is classified as married and 52% have kids.

Living in South Hill can be a good experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of Washington, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! Finding the best places to live in South Hill and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, education, employment and other important metrics.

South Hill has a livability score of 69 out of 100 and is ranked #189 in Washington and #11,388 in the USA. If we check out each of the categories individually, we see that South Hill ranks well for amenities (A+) and housing (B). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in South Hill. The following was graded with a discouraging score: crime (F) and cost of living (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy South Hill on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in South Hill 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.

South Hill real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in South Hill. Median real estate prices in South Hill come in at $243,700, which is 9.5% lower than the Washington average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In South Hill, the home price to income ratio is 3.2, which is 25.6% lower than the Washington average. Real estate appreciation rates in South Hill are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for South Hill homes comes in at 8.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 9.6%.

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Compare South Hill, WA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around South Hill, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
North End, Tacoma761424,051
Northeast Tacoma, Tacoma7112.616,749
West End, Tacoma6715.826,425
Eastside-Enact, Tacoma658.931,293
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Tacoma, Tacoma6311.225,639
Ruston, Tacoma6216.2962
South End, Tacoma619.439,768
Central, Tacoma6112.522,107

Best Cities Near South Hill, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Maple Valley, WA8220.725,093
Medina, WA82353,169
Clyde Hill, WA8235.43,197
Yarrow Point, WA8136.41,149
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mercer Island, WA8030.724,467
Sammamish, WA8035.262,136
Bellevue, WA7934.1136,718
Bainbridge Island, WA7937.523,576

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Country Living in the City - South Hill, Washington

I lived in South Hill, Washington for most of my 20s. South Hill is a census-designated area just south of Puyallup, Washington. I was lucky to find a home in my price range that sat on the Puyallup County Fairgrounds. Housing can be expensive in the South Hill area, and there isn't a lot of single family housing available, though there is plenty of apartment living around, and most complexs are fairly new and are really nice.

The neighborhood of South Hill is probably best known for it's shopping mall, which lends to the fast-paced living that the area is known for. Some of Pierce County's best shopping is found in South Hill. People from many nearby cities will do all of their shopping in South Hill. The South Hill Mall has more than 100 stores, and there are many other major retail stores nearby.

South Hill doesn't have an active nightlife, but there are nearby cities that do. Also, other than a few parks, there isn't a lot to do with kids other than the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, which is the largest annual attraction in the entire state of Washington. As I said earlier, the house I lived in was actually located on the fairgrounds, which are located less than a mile from the South Hill Mall.

Meridian Avenue runs the length of South Hill, and also happens to be the most direct route between a few of the area's more populated regions. So many people travel this road getting to and from work that it can take upwards of 45 minutes to get five miles in either direction. The area is almost always congested, and I would definitely recommend any other route whenever possible.
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