Puyallup’s close-knit community, livability, and easy access to urban amenities are among the city’s most cherished attributes. In a recent survey, Puyallup was repeatedly described by residents as a ‘great city to raise a family'. A feeling of safety, year-round community events, and recreation opportunities help to build social connections while the city’s walkability provides a physical connection between its beautiful neighborhoods and the downtown core. Puyallup’s vast park and trail system, open spaces, and natural beauty are valued for leisure and recreation.
In addition to an excellent school district, Puyallup is home to two post-secondary educational institutions. In 2019, the City hosted a ‘Higher Education Appreciation Week’ and celebrated its relationship with the Washington State University Puyallup Research & Extension Center and Pierce College.
As the City strives to enhance the community’s quality of life, there are opportunities for improvement. As the city grows, traffic congestion on major streets, the challenges of getting around town, and efficient use of downtown parking have become a significant source of frustration for residents and business owners. In addition to these, the City will continue to focus on improving housing attainability for residents of all ages and incomes, human services for those in need, and the preservation of the City’s natural resources.
The following key performance measures are used to track and share progress on the Livable & Healthy Community goal of the City Strategic Plan 2021. For each measure, the metric box indicates its current level and improvement status. Over time we expect to identify and display specific targets to measure progress, where appropriate.