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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Puyallup is a suburb of Seattle with a population of 39,637. Puyallup is in Pierce County. Living in Puyallup offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Puyallup there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Puyallup and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Puyallup are above average.
About Puyallup...
Population
39,637

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$278,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,125
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Puyallup Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    137.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    79.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    808.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,257.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    555.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Puyallup

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$65,719
National
$55,322
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Puyallup Reviews

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I moved to Puyallup about 4 years ago and since then it has became overcrowded. They keep letting builders build new developments and not supporting the schools or the now overcrowded streets. Traffic is awful! Besides the overcrowding, I truly do like living here and has everything you could want, besides a Trader Joe's. I have two school-aged children and they are thriving but have to switch schools next year due to the overcrowding.
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Okay, so I grew up here and it really is a good place to grow up, however not to settle down in. The vibe here is very heavy in the suburb feel. Plus, because Seattle is becoming so expensive to live in, all those people who go there for work are coming to Puyallup to live. This is making the traffic very bad, the roads in Puyallup were not designed for this many people! It is also driving the price of housing through the roof! Also, the diversity here is pretty minimal. We definitely need some more diversity here. Elementary and Junior Highs are wonderful. High Schools here are horrible. Avoid PHS at all costs and do Running Start!
There are definitely good and bad things involving Puyallup. One of my favorite things about living here is how close you are to the state fair, which is something people come from everywhere to go to and you have it in your backyard here! It's also a convinent place for shopping as theres a mall here, for eating as theres many restaurants here, and to do different activities like going to a park or going to the movies. One negative thing about Puyallup is it isn't the safest place to live right now. There's been many incidents in the past few years that deem Puyallup not very safe, but as long as you're taking precautions like not leaving valuables in your car overnight, or locking your house up when you're gone or sleeping, or even just walking around with another person helps.