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What light? Honestly, officer, I was just following the crowd.
Horses travel down Meridian St. during the yearly Puyallup Gallop.

Not many cities throw a 17-day long party every year, and even fewer throw such a party that brings over a million people every time. Puyallup does it every year, though. The Western Washington Fair (or Puyallup Fair) brings in 3 times the number of people that live in this quiet community. The fair isn't the only thing Puyallup is known for, though.

They grow flower bulbs, rhubarb, berries and football players in Puyallup, also. In fact, Paul Sulkosky, Chuck Bond, Billy Joe Hobart and Damon and Brock Huard are just a few who have achieved fame on the Husky gridiron.

Although Cul-de-sacs and blacktop have come to the valley, Puyallup residents still try to live up to the name of their city, which comes from an Indian word meaning "generous people."

But is this really a "quiet community"? Puyallup is the second largest city in Pierce County, and ranks 24th. in the state of Washington. Steady growth has brought a seemingly inevitable increase in crime as well. The city has had its share of drug problems and non-violent offenses in recent years. There has been an occasional homicide, as well. One crime that shook the community was in 1935, when Orting bank robber Roy Jacobs shot and killed Puyallup Police Chief Frank Chadwick and Officer Harry Storem while trying to escape. Jacobs was convicted and was hanged in 1943.

But the startling statistics of Puyallup are the burglary, larceny, and vehicle theft reports, which rank Puyallup as #1 in Pierce County, beating out even Tacoma per capita. Puyallup only has about 1.5 police officers to take care of every one thousand residents, though, and that doesn't leave much room for the department to be proactive (the average in Pierce County is 2.2 police officers per 1000 people, based on a 2003 report).

Even so, the rest of the city is trying to maintain an atmosphere where people feel safe and secure, despite the loss of farmland and the growth of suburbia. Residents and officials say they're convinced they'll succeed.

Community Phone Numbers

Bullpen Batting Cages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .841-1234
Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . .845-6755
City Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .841-4321
DSHS (Puyallup) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-877-501-2233
Puyallup Football Roughriders . . . . . . . . .848-1548
Mainstreet Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .840-2631
Soccer South Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .845-4848
Senior Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .841-5555
Sparks Stadium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .841-8785
Washington State Dept. of Parks . . . (360) 902-8593
Christmas Tree Permits . . . . . . . . . . . . . .494-5515
Tenant/Landlord Information . . . . . . . . . .591-7240
or 1-800-752-9993
Puyallup Fair
Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .845-1771
General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . .841-5045

Senior Referral Numbers

SENIOR INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE
City of Tacoma and Pierce County. . . . . . . . . . . . . 253-591-5090
or 1-800-562-0332
Home & Community Services
Long Term Care Services
(DSHS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .253-593-6164
or 593-6165
or 1-800-442-5129
Pierce County Human Services
Aging & Long Term Care . . . . . . . .253-798-7236
or 1-800-642-5769
Food Stamp Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-877-501-2233
Energy Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-877-501-2233
Prescription Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-877-501-2233
Low Income Housing
Pierce County
Community Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .798-7240
or 1-800-562-0336
Pierce Co Housing Authority . . . . . . . . . . . .535-4400
Meals on Wheels
Lutheran Social Services . . . .(Ext. 225) 474-1300

Housing and Shelters

Family renewal shelter (253) 475-9010
UWPC - HelpLine Quicklist 253-627-3962
Emergency Family Shelter The Salvation Army - Northwest Division  253-272-1974
Family Renewal Shelter (domestic violence) 253-475-9010
G Street Shelter (MLKHDA) 253-627-6466
Men’s Mission 253-383-4493
Single Men’s Overnight Shelter (MLKHDA) Martin Luther King Housing Development Association 253-627-6466
Tacoma Avenue Shelter 253-572-0131
Exodus Housing: Transitional Housing for South King and Pierce Counties 253-862-6808
Guadalupe House 253-572-6582
Helping Hand House 253-848-6096
Hope Guest Home 253-627-3620
Jump Start, Faith Homes 253-572-0458
Lakewood Area Shelter Association 253-581-8689
Meet Me Ministries 253-404-1745
Network Tacoma 253-474-9334
Phoenix Housing Network 253-471-5340
Shared Housing  253-272-1532
Sojourner Housing 253-272-1529
The Caring Place 253-272-3011
Veterans Independent Enterprises of Washington 253-922-5650
Tyler Square 253-627-4308

Specifically for women

Another Chance for Women and Children, Pierce County First Source 253-572-8170
Women In Transition 253-383-4050
Single Women’s Overnight Shelter (MLKHDA) Martin Luther King Housing Development Association  253-627-6466
YWCA Women’s Support (domestic violence) 253-383-2593
Tacoma Ave Women's Shelter (253) 572-0131 ext.12

 

Click here for Puyallup Fair Information

Puyallup TRAFFIC ADVISORY

2003 Puyallup Fair:
How to Spend $80 in one minute and three seconds

Click here for pictures of the 2003 Meeker Days Festival.

City of Puyallup Citizen's Academy

City of Puyallup Fire and Rescue

Puyallup Quick Facts (from 2002)

Incorporated in Washington State: 1890
Area in Limits: 11.6 square miles
Elevation: 48 ft
Congressional District: 9
Legislative District: 25

Population: 33,011 (up app. 38 percent since 1990).
Median age: 34.1 (state average: 35.3).
Race: 87.9 percent white; 3.3 percent Asian; 1.5 percent black; 3.4 percent Hispanic; 1 percent American Indian/Alaska native.
Median home value: $155,100 (state average: $168,300).
Industry employing the most people: Education, health and social services.
Median household income: $47,300 (state average: $45,776).
Percent of families in poverty: 9 percent (state average: 7.3 percent).
Mean travel time to work: 26.9 minutes.
Bachelor's degree or higher: 22.8 percent.
Married: 54.5 percent.
In the armed forces: 0.7 percent.
School districts: Puyallup School District
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