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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.
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Senior Referral Numbers
Housing and Shelters
Family renewal shelter (253) 475-9010
Specifically for women
Another Chance for Women and Children, Pierce County First Source 253-572-8170
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