Let’s start by saying that Puyallup is a wonderful place to raise a family. The schools are decent, the streets are clean, people are incredibly friendly, and you’re within 45 minutes of Seattle and (give or take), high culture.
That said, Puyallup is also a typical American suburb. The town sprawls across a valley and hillside (divided into two camps, Puyallup proper and South Hill). In what was once a fertile farming valley and forested hill, Puyallup is now long stretches of backed up traffic jams and McMansions. As of 2009, Puyallup now supports two Wal-Mart Supercenters, two Applebees restaurants, two Targets, and two Fred Meyer grocery stores. Tack on the endless barrage of fast food, franchised eateries, and strip mall complexes, and you’ve got an American death trap.
For what it’s worth, though, Puyallup offers up many amenities you won’t find in other south Puget Sound cities. Wildwood Park is a wonderful, forested area for the family, there are many coffee shops to sip at, read in, and connect with friends, and the quality of people here really can’t be beat. Puyallup is definitely Mayberry 2.0, for better or for worse. It’s a great place, even for all its pitfalls.over 4 years ago