Welcome to Puyallup
Bucolic, suburban area with stunning scenic views
Located in Pierce County, Puyallup is a picturesque, suburban community that is a spectacular place to live. Complete with an old-fashioned downtown area, views of the Puyallup River, and within proximity to spots for outdoor recreation, it is easy to fall in love with this city. It is currently home to a steadily growing population of just over 40,000 residents.
Neighborhoods in Puyallup are primarily suburban. However, many locales feel like they are in the countryside due to the peaceful atmosphere. This city is also reasonably convenient for commuters. While providing a breathtaking escape from city life, the area is only 36 miles south of Seattle and 10 miles southeast of Tacoma. Puyallup also borders one of the region’s more spacious natural areas and is a reasonable 50-mile drive to Mount Rainier National Park.
What to Love
- Charming downtown area
- Excellent community parks and outdoor recreation
- Convenient shopping and dining
- Countryside vibes
- Washington State Fair
Life in Puyallup is all-encompassing. Stores, restaurants, businesses, schools, and parks are all within minutes from home, and the vibe here is a unique mix of suburban and countryside. Downtown has the feel of a cozy small town, while commercial areas (like you’ll encounter along South Meridian near 37th Avenue SE) are convenient and easy to access. Anything and everything you could want or need can be found in Puyallup.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Compared to other Seattle-area cities, Puyallup has one of the best selections of restaurants and stores. Favorite national retailers and locally-owned establishments are scattered throughout the town.
Want to try some of Puyallup's highly-rated places to eat? As a new resident, be sure to head to the downtown area, where you’ll have endless choices. Stroll along North Meridian to find beloved establishments such as Fiesta Taqueria & Tequila Bar, Trackside Pizza, Perry’s (an upscale cocktail bar), The Rose Restaurant, Wicked Pie Pizza, Crockett’s Public House, Meridian Cafe, and The Forum. Nearby, you should also plan visits to British Bites, which serves up fresh, authentic bakery items, The Pickled Pepper sandwich shop, and RAM Restaurant & Brewery.
Shopping is a breeze in Puyallup. This is especially true for those who live on the southern side of town. At the South Hill Mall, explore the one million square-foot property — which boasts an impressive 120 stores. Browse the latest selection at shops such as H&M, Macy’s, Bath & Body Works, and many more. Across the street, check off everything on your to-do list at national retailers such as Total Wine & More, Hobby Lobby, The Home Depot, Target, and T.J. Maxx.
Things to Do
Puyallup is overflowing with fun activities for its residents. Individuals who consider themselves to be nature enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of outdoor adventures that await.
Seasonally, be sure to check out the food and entertainment at the Washington State Fair. Hosted in September, this fair features concerts from top performers, thrilling amusement rides, and outstanding food vendors.
Year-round, there are plenty of parks, trails, and other outdoor spaces to visit. One of Puyallup’s largest parks is Wildwood Park. Containing over 80 acres of trails, playgrounds, and sports fields, this park is not to miss. Other top places to check out include Foothills Trail, Grayland Park, Bradley Lake Park, and DeCoursey Park. Venturing just outside of the city, residents can also enjoy good times at High Cedars Golf Club and Lake Tapps.
Public schools in Puyallup have an excellent reputation among locals. They are all rated favorably and are situated close to top neighborhoods.