Puyallup (pronounced ‘pew-AL-up‘ ) was named for the native Puyallup Tribe that occupied the valley, and the name actually means “generous people.” Today, the moniker still fits as the inhabitants of this suburban town are friendly, gracious and community-centered. Puyallup is rapidly growing in size and also in popularity among military families. It’s roughly 20 minutes from JBLM and you don’t need to traverse I-5!


Outdoor recreation and enjoying nature are fundamental to life in Puyallup and this is demonstrated by their robust city parks, dog park and outdoor community events and markets. The population here is a diverse mix of military and civilians, with the military commuting to JBLM and most of the civilians commuting to Tacoma.

Neighborhood Feel

There are historic homes in the older areas downtown, but most newcomers focus on the freshly planned communities under development. The area is expanding rapidly, giving rise to abundant options in customizable new builds, more land and scenic backdrops.

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Neighborhood Location

McChord Field North Gate (112th St. & Tacoma Way)
Drive Time to Gate
15 to 20 minutes
By Transit
30 minutes – Puyallup Station to SR 512 P&R

Neighborhood Info

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Points of Interest

Washington State Fair

Daffodil Festival

Pioneer Park

Sunrise Village Shopping Center

South HIll Mall

Antique District

Farmer’s market

Big Plus

Slower-paced suburban life, yet still close to the bigger cities.

Super family friendly with highly rated schools.

Though it’s farther away from JBLM than some other areas, the avoidance of I-5 makes for a more consistent and scenic commute.

Things to Consider

If you need to be close to the city, this may not be the best option. Some consider Puyallup to be pretty far out, but the scenic commute and slower pace is attractive to others.

How’s the Market?

The median home value is $270,500 according to the Zillow Home Value Index.

Home Values are forecasted to increase by 4.4% in the coming year.

According to Zillow’s Rental Index, the median rental rate for single-family homes in Puyallup is $1,653.

School Scoop

Puyallup has 20 primary and secondary schools. One of the best schools is Shaw Road Elementary School, which has a rating of 10 according to GreatSchools.org. Public schools in Puyallup belong to Puyallup School District.

Highlighted Areas

South Hill

Puyallup Valley