How to Feel at Home in Your New City

Puyallup moving living in new place

Moving to a new city or neighborhood is like going on a new adventure. Unpacking boxes and getting stuff sorted out in your new home is pretty time consuming and tiring. I know when I moved to Puyallup, I was overwhelmed.  The City of Puyallup has so much to do and so many places to visit.  Everything is also really close to each other whether it’s a restaurant, shopping centers, or a movie theater. There are different ways to get to know your neighborhood or City and we have chosen fun, exciting and good diversions from over-stress, tired, unpacking tasks.

Going for a walk around the neighborhood is a great way into getting to know your new area. If you have children this is also a great way to get them familiar with you in your new surroundings. On South Hill, Bradley Park is a good walking area or if you’re in the Valley, you can go towards Orting. Bradley Lake Park is one of the best in Puyallup.

Getting local newspapers to familiarize yourself with the local news, happenings, cultural events and dining. Nowadays, everything can be done online and in the local eateries and shops flyers, local free papers can also be found with additional information for getting involved and situated. These papers are a great resource to getting into recreational, family and cultural scenes.  You can try the Tacoma News Tribune or the Puyallup Herald to name a few.

Puyallup Coffee shops are usually in abundance especially anywhere you live in the Pacific Northwest. The love for coffee and the local produce and baked goods is always a great feeling of a self-sufficient community which you live in. Eating local is a great way to meet people who are eco-friendly and also environmentally sound.

Farmer’s Markets. Find your weekend produce providers! All local and fresh, these markets not only have fresh produce but meats, breads, cheese, handmade crafts and organic products. As these markets are focused on being local, you will meet locals and meet interesting people who are from your new area or have been there a while.  The Meeker Days Festival is a must visit but that only happens once a year.

Dog Parks. Should you have a canine friend, you’ll probably want to get them familiar with the new surroundings and smells as well as other dog neighbors who are close by. For most dog owners, this is a good way to meet dog friendly people as well as potential friends.

Local Library. Local libraries are a hub for intellectual and artistic happenings. Getting a membership is always a satisfying addition in getting involved and tapped into your community.  Puyallup has a very large library downtown in Pioneer Park or a smaller one on South Hill.

Most neighborhoods have a recreational center or sports center of some sort. This provides a healthy way of getting acquainted with like minded people. There are a handful of running groups, spinning classes, yoga and pools for doing laps. As some also provide sauna and steam rooms, what a great way to relax after a workout and treat yourself.  I have personally met some great people at the local recreational center while I was playing baseball on a league.

There are many activities for getting situated in new neighborhoods and with these beginners’ tips you will surely be on your way to having a nice routine and familiarity in your new area.  Get out there and meet a new friendly person!

Puyallup, Real Estate

Puyallup Is An Excellent Place To Raise a Family

Puyallup Valley Living

Located in Pierce County there is a town which goes by the name of Puyallup. From shopping, Puyallup Restaurants, bars, and colleges Puyallup is filled with everything you need. The education system viewed as one of the best in the state. The medical industry is popular as well. With that being said homes are affordable and many families feel comfortable raising their children here. Each year this city continues to grow. Puyallup gets its name from the Puyallup Tribe of Native Americans. The name means “the generous people.”

As of 2010, the population was approximately 40,000. The Washington State Office of Financial Management believes this number will continue to grow. If you’re a resident here, you know Puyallup is growing extremely fast.

Breakdown population

The population of this town is almost 100% urban. Since 2000 the population has grown at a modest clip of 15.6%. Here are some other numbers you might find interesting:

• Males – 18,498 or 48.5%
• Females – 19,649 or 51.55%
• Median age of a resident is 36.8 years
• Median household income was estimated in 2012 to be $59,700

This should tell you that this is one of those towns where people go to raise their families or start their businesses. This is the hub for:

• Retail
• Business
• Medical services

Puyallup, Washington’s ancestries includes:

• German 17.3%
• Irish 10.5%
• English 8.7%
• Norwegian 6.3%
• United States 5.6%
• French 3.2%

Puyallup has one community college in town Pierce College. It’s accredited by the state of Washington. They also have a campus just south of Puyallup in Lakewood, Washington. Education plays a large part in the town. This fits in with the comment about being a good place to raise a family. The Puyallup School District includes 4 high Schools, 7 Junior High Schools, and 21 elementary schools.

When the City of Puyallup is compared to Washington state averages here is what you come up with:

• Unemployment is below the state average;
• Median age is above average for the state;
• Percentage of foreign-born is below the state average.
Home values in Puyallup continue to appreciate each year.

Most residents work in the manufacturing industry and retail trade is not far behind. Construction is 12 percent and transportation and warehousing equal 7%. Health care and social assistant, professional, scientific, and technical services are all at 6% as is wholesale trade.

Of course you cannot think of this town without learning about the Puyallup Indians as they have lived up and down the Puget Sound shores for over hundreds of years. Their name means ‘generous and welcoming behavior to all people who enter our lands’.

The tribe membership has grown significantly in recent years and is now more than 4000 people. The majority of members live in the region of Puget Sound; however this tribe is spread out across the United States. They continue to be very active in the community.

Those tribal members who live in the Puget Sound area play spirited roles in almost all aspects of their lives. The adults in this tribe work as fisherman, attorneys, doctors and construction workers. Many are entrepreneurs who have thieving businesses. Many are actively sharing their Puyallup culture with the surrounding communities through art exhibits, pow wows, and other variety of activities. They also provide scholarships and fundraisers for the youth.

This is a small part of the Puyallup community culture and one can begin to draw a picture of a city that is perfect for growing families to live in. Good jobs, income, opportunities, plus an excellent variety of schools to choose from. Whether its community or private schools, families have so many options as it relates to education.

The beautiful country side in Washington makes this a perfect location for the outdoor families or individuals who love camping, hiking, and mountain exploration. Clark’s Creek is a small trail located in Puyallup. If you visit it at the right time of year you can witness the spawning salmon in the creek. If you really want an adventure then you can head up to Mt. Rainier. The Mt Rainier National Park is about a 1.5 hour drive.

Information provided by Puyallup.com

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