Puyallup is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 41,886 people and 26 constituent neighborhoods, Puyallup is the 27th largest community in Washington.
Housing costs in Puyallup are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Puyallup is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Puyallup is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Puyallup who work in office and administrative support (12.55%), sales jobs (10.85%), and management occupations (9.89%).
Also of interest is that Puyallup has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One downside of living in Puyallup, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.43 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Puyallup is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Puyallup area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
In terms of college education, Puyallup is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.49% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Puyallup in 2010 was $35,211, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $140,844 for a family of four. However, Puyallup contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Puyallup is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Puyallup home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Puyallup residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Puyallup include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Puyallup is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.