For a suburban city of roughly 12.5 square miles and nearly 39,000 people, Puyallup benefits from an amazingly diverse economy. What other comparable community features:
The fifth-largest shopping mall in the region
A 14-member car dealers' association that ranks near the top in the region
A growing medical colony anchored by the current $450 million renovation and expansion of the Good Samaritan Hospital regional medical center
The seventh-largest fair in the U.S., whose downtown fairgrounds and events center have grown into a year-round venue for conventions, conferences, trade shows and other events
The region's No. 1 commuter rail station in terms of daily boardings that has inspired an aggressive push for transit oriented development for residential and commercial growth in the downtown core
Profile of the City
Incorporated on August 19, 1890, the City of Puyallup is located in the south central Puget Sound region of Western Washington in Pierce County. It is about seven miles east of the City of Tacoma, with a population of 38,900 as of April 1, 2010. Puyallup is the third largest city in Pierce County and the twenty-sixth (26th) largest city in the state. The City's boundaries now encompass approximately twelve square miles.
The City of Puyallup has a Council-Manager form of government and is an Optional Municipal Code City under the laws of the State of Washington. Six Council members are elected by district, and one is elected citywide, to four-year terms. The City Council elects a Mayor from the council membership for a two-year term. The Council appoints a City Manager who serves as chief administrator of the City.
More than any other city in the South Sound region, Puyallup features a walkable, vibrant downtown ─ with a nostalgic feel ─ packed with destination attractions and events, while Puyallup's South Hill is a major shopping hub for East Pierce County.
The labor force of the Puyallup area is divided between those who work within the City and those who commute to work outside the area, in the nearby cities of Tacoma, Seattle, Renton, Kent, Auburn and Olympia. Consequently, the Puyallup area serves as a suburban-residential community as well as a center for trade and commerce based on agriculture, retail sales, health care and light industry within its boundaries.
City of Puyallup