METRIC: Economic Health of Puyallup - Community Rating
DEFINITION: The resident rating of the "Overall Economic Health of Puyallup' is the community's assessment of the variety and quality of business & service establishments in Puyallup, employment opportunities, cost of living in the City, Puyallup as a place to work and visit, and the vibrancy of the City's downtown and commercial areas.
SOURCE: The National Community Survey for City of Puyallup 2021
Quality & Importance of Economic Health:
In the 2021 City of Puyallup Community Survey, 62% of respondents rated the overall health of the City's economy as excellent or good. About 90% of the residents felt it was essential or very important to focus on the economic health of Puyallup in the next two years. Both ratings are similar to the national benchmark which is comprised of resident perspectives from the most recent survey completed in over 600 communities nationwide.
Other Economic Ratings:
- At least two-thirds of residents positively reviewed Puyallup as a place to work and visit.
- The variety of business & service establishments (72%) and overall quality (76%) received high ratings of 'excellent or good'.
- Residents’ reviews of shopping opportunities (70%) were exceptional and higher than the national benchmark!
The vibrancy of Puyallup's downtown and commercial areas received a 59% rating (similar to benchmark). When asked how likely they would be to visit downtown more often if a variety of amenities were added, at least 8 in 10 respondents indicated that they were likely to visit downtown more if there were more dining options, a convenient parking system, more shopping options, and updated street amenities like benches, more lighting, trees, etc..
If Puyallup were to attract new businesses, about 90% of residents preferred to attract a bakery or a specialty food store, while at least two-thirds preferred an ice cream shop or a book store.
All ratings for the category 'Economy' were similar to the national benchmark, except 'shopping opportunities' which was rated higher than the benchmark.
The national benchmark is comprised of resident perspectives from the most recent survey completed in over 600 communities, in the last five years. When the rating for an item falls within 10 points of the benchmark, it is marked as “similar” to the national benchmark.