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Tacoma's Neighbor and a Great Place to Live


Puyallup Fairgrounds

Puyallup Fairgrounds in Puyallup WA

Kristin Kendle

Puyallup, Washington, is a neighboring town of Tacoma, and is both more rural and more modern than Tacoma itself (as much of the town boomed in the 2000s). Puyallup was formerly out in the country, but in the last decade has grown to be one of the primary areas of housing developments in this part of Washington. Due to this, parts of town have very different feels—the old fashioned downtown area, the suburban South Hill Mall area, and the sprawling housing developments located south on Meridian. With all of the new housing has come a bevy of places to eat and shop, making this a fine place to consider living.

Things to do in Puyallup
Puyallup is well-equipped for residents who need to head out to buy groceries, grab a bit to eat, or go shopping. With so many people living in this area, you will never want for a box store here. South Hill Mall is located close to 512 near the intersection of the main thoroughfare of Meridian and 112th. The mall itself has many stores, but the area surrounding it also has many stores and restaurants. From this area out to where many of the housing developments are located (all around 176th), stores and restaurants line Meridian.

Puyallup is also known for its many car dealers and good deals they offer. Many of these are located north of the mall along River Road. To get to the area, go north on Meridian and make a left on River Road. Near where they connect, car dealerships are also located on Meridian as well.

While Puyallup does possess a good deal of urban sprawl, that is not all it is. You can visit the heart of old Puyallup in its downtown—located along the north end of Meridian between 5th Avenue NE and 4th Avenue SW. Cute storefronts and Pioneer Park make this area worth exploring. Meeker Mansion is also in this area at 3rd Street SE and E Meeker, and here you can visit an old pioneer home and enjoy the area’s history.

Puyallup also has public parks and green spaces for a day out—some of these are great places to go hiking as well. Take a walk along the Puyallup River or even head out to Mt Rainier from this area as it is just an hour away.

Of course, one of the top draws of the town is the Puyallup Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds are most known for hosting the Puyallup Fair in September each year, but are busy with events year round, including the Puyallup Spring Fair, a Fourth of July event and fireworks, car shows, Oktoberfest, and Victorian Country Christmas.

Homes and Apartments
Puyallup is a top place to live, especially if you want a large house for a good price. There are a few major areas to look within Puyallup—the older area around downtown and the mall has mostly older homes from the 1980s and before, while Silver Creek, Gem Heights, Lipoma Firs, and other large developments to the south have large, newer homes.

Homes in Puyallup sold for an average price of $206,000 in 2011, according to Zillow.com. Home sizes are mostly in the mid-range, between 1,000 and 2,400, but smaller and larger homes are available as well.

Apartments and condos are also on offer in Puyallup. There are several large apartment complexes on Meridian just north of the mall. Condos and homes for rent are especially plentiful in Silver Creek and Gem Heights.

Puyallup Schools
For elementary schools, please see the Puyallup Schools page as there are many options throughout the valley.

Aylen Junior High - 101 15th St
Ballou Junior High - 9916 136th St
Edgemont Junior High - 2300 110th Avenue East
Ferrucci Junior High - 3213 Wildwood Park Drive
Glacier View Junior High - 12807 184th St E
Kalles Junior High - 501 7th Ave
Stahl Junior High - 9610 168th Street E
Emerald Ridge High School - 12405 184th Street East
Puyallup High School - 105 7th St SW
Rogers High School - 12801 86th Ave E
Walker High School - 5715 Milwaukee Ave


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