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278 Apartments for rent in Puyallup, WA

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Last updated October 15 at 10:14pm UTC
Riverside Park Apartments
3107 E Main
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 15 at 7:28pm UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
3 Bedrooms
Cambridge Apartments
737 7th St SE
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 15 at 8:09pm UTC
1 Bedroom
2 Bedrooms
610 9th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 15 at 5:57pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
11223 71st Ave. Ct. E
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 15 at 2:40pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
3210 Dunhill Lane
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 13 at 11:12am UTC
4 Bedrooms
7409 144th St Ct E
South Hill
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 13 at 11:12am UTC
3 Bedrooms
8502 171st St Ct E
South Hill
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 13 at 11:10am UTC
3 Bedrooms
10538 190th St E
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 12 at 1:19pm UTC
5 Bedrooms
9102 191st St E
South Hill
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 12 at 1:18pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
6719 154th St Ct E
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 12 at 1:15pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
18511 97TH AVE E
South Hill
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 11 at 11:10am UTC
3 Bedrooms
810 4th St SW
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 11 at 2:04am UTC
3 Bedrooms
18437 95th Ave Ct E
South Hill
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 10 at 9:44am UTC
3 Bedrooms
3007 Forest View Ct S
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 9 at 6:07pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
18805 87th Ave Ct E
South Hill
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 9 at 6:07pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
10602 191st Ct E
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 9 at 9:35am UTC
6 Bedrooms
609 5th Ave NW
Puyallup, WA
Updated October 12 at 7:13pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
City Guide
Is Puyallup Calling Your Name?

Puyallup may be a small town, but it’s still smack dab in the center of the Puget Sound, and living in the area isn’t exactly inexpensive. That being said, rents here are much more reasonable than they are in the surrounding areas, with one-bedrooms going for a good $300 less a month than you’d pay on average 60 miles north in Seattle.

Puyallup’s convenient location coupled with its rural ambience makes finding an apartment and moving to the city remarkably easy when compared with relocation to a lot of other communities. Apartment complexes are plentiful and openings relatively easy to come by, so you’re virtually guaranteed to find just about everything you’re looking for without having to do a lot of compromising. The other benefit of the current plethora of apartment options is that if you’re planning a move to Puyallup, it won’t take a lot of advance planning. If you have enough money to cover a deposit of an average first and last months’ rent, you should be able to find an apartment quickly and easily even if you wait until you get to the area to start looking.

In some small towns you might be able to expect to find privately owned rentals held by landlords who can be negotiated out of credit checks and rental history reports, but it’s unlikely to happen in Puyallup. This is largely the case in the whole of the Puget Sound area; the vast majority of apartments are in professionally-managed complexes and will require at least decent credit and references from previous landlords. Even if you do happen to find a daylight basement to rent (if that’s your druthers), it’s safest to expect that private landlord to run the same investigations of your background and ask for the same amounts in the way of deposits. It’s simply the way things are done in the Northwest. Happily, residents of the Puget Sound area are used to frequent transplants from other parts of the country thanks to the presence of large corporate headquarters for companies like and Microsoft, so you won’t always be required to have proof of current income, as long as you can prove that you have enough money to pay at least a few months’ worth of the rent.

Puyallup and Its Neighborhoods

Since Puyallup is a smaller place, you aren’t going to find gigantic discrepancies between qualities of life in different neighborhoods the way you would in a bigger city, but there are still things to consider in order to make the best possible decision about where to live. For instance, for many people, one of the biggest concerns when moving to Puyallup is whether or not they’ll be one of the large number of residents who commute to nearby cities for work. If you plan on working in Seattle, for instance, it might be worthwhile to consider living in a neighborhood near the downtown business district, which houses the station for the Puget Sound’s very convenient and speedy heavy commuter train, the Sounder. It wouldn’t make a lot of sense to have to fight in-town traffic trekking to the train just to avoid the out-of-town traffic, right? But then again, living too close to the railroad tracks is bound to be noisy and, in some places, leave you with an unsightly view from that balcony you paid extra for. So, if you’re a likely commuter and want to live closer to the downtown area for that reason, just do a little extra homework before you commit to a property.

Downtown/Central Business District: Primarily older buildings and houses. The majority of apartments here will be above shops and likely closer to the railroad tracks, which run through the center of downtown Puyallup. Rents here are relatively affordable, but options will be more limited and you’ll be dealing with crowds come time for the annual fair.

South Hill/South Hill Graham: Built in the ‘80s and ‘90s, these neighborhoods were a result of the expansion of the South Hill Mall area and the population boom in Puget Sound at the end of the last millennium. Most of the apartments in these areas will be in the mid- to high range when it comes to rent, but the buildings will be newer and have more amenities.

Summit: Located on the west hills of Puyallup,much of the housing available here was built in the 1960s, but there has been a recent resurgence of development in the area. Rents and housing qualities here are likely to vary quite a bit, but a little bit of homework could score you an awesome apartment in this area.

Waller: Similar in feel to the Summit neighborhood, Waller is composed primarily of houses rather than apartment buildings. There are, however, some apartments available, and a number of them are in great locations given Waller’s close proximity to neighboring Tacoma.

Alderton: A quieter neighborhood just east of downtown for those who don’t want to live directly in the center of the city. Homes here will probably be on the older side, similar to those in the Downtown area, but the location could make it a worthwhile place to live.

Outlying areas (Midland/Parkland/Fredrickson): Boundaries between towns in the Pacific Northwest can get a little fuzzy, and Puyallup is no exception. These neighborhoods can claim either Tacoma or Puyallup as their homes. They all have a distinct flavor and very different job prospects and commute times to other areas, so a little homework goes a long way if you’re considering a property in one of these zones.

Living in Puyallup

Living in Puyallup can be rewarding and comfortable for those who enjoy suburban life with access to the big city. But be sure to bring your car along. Puyallup has an extraordinarily decent public transportation system for a small town, but everything is relative: public transportation in the Puget Sound area in general is notoriously atrocious. Even the daily commuter train only runs at very restricted times of the day. If you plan on visiting surrounding towns even on a semi-regular basis, plan on either lots of three-hour bus rides or bringing that beat-up Chevy with you when you come. Don’t feel too bad about it, though: as long as that Chevy still has some horsepower to it, it’ll grant you access to the gorgeous nature and world-class hiking trails that pepper the surrounding areas, as well as the nearby Cascade Mountains and Mount Rainier National Park less than an hour away.

Puyallup is probably best known for its yearly hosting of the gargantuan Washington State Fair. Better known locally simply as the “Puyallup Fair,” the 17-day event ranks among the top ten fairs in the country on a yearly basis and regularly hosts a slough of celebrity acts, drawing more than a million people to the town every September.

Revel in the small-town feel and the genuine kindness of your new neighbors—the Puget Sound is famous for its hospitality. With a little preparation and effort on your part, Puyallup can be the perfect place to live.

October 2018 Puyallup Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2018 Puyallup Rent Report. Puyallup rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Puyallup rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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Rent Report

October 2018 Puyallup Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2018 Puyallup Rent Report. Puyallup rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Puyallup rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Puyallup rents increase sharply over the past month

Puyallup rents have increased 0.7% over the past month, and have increased sharply by 6.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Puyallup stand at $1,580 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,960 for a two-bedroom. This is the ninth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in December of last year. Puyallup's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.0%, as well as the national average of 0.9%.

Rents rising across the Seattle Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Puyallup, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Seattle metro, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Kent has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.5%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,810, while one-bedrooms go for $1,450.
  • Over the past year, Seattle proper has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.6%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,680, while one-bedrooms go for $1,350.
  • Bellevue has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,370; rents rose 2.1% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.
  • Lakewood has the least expensive rents in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,430; rents decreased 0.1% over the past month but were up 3.0% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Puyallup

As rents have increased sharply in Puyallup, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Puyallup is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased moderately in other cities across the state, with Washington as a whole logging rent growth of 1.0% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.8% in Spokane and 1.8% in Vancouver.
  • Puyallup's median two-bedroom rent of $1,960 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 6.6% increase in Puyallup.
  • While Puyallup's rents rose sharply over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+2.6%), Austin (+1.2%), and San Francisco (+1.1%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Puyallup than most large cities. For example, Spokane has a median 2BR rent of $900, where Puyallup is more than twice that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Seattle $1,350 $1,680 0.1% -1.6%
Tacoma $1,250 $1,560 0.2% 1.6%
Bellevue $1,900 $2,370 -0.0% 2.1%
Everett $1,340 $1,670 -0.5% 2.5%
Kent $1,450 $1,810 -0.4% 3.5%
Renton $1,640 $2,050 -0.6% -0.1%
Federal Way $1,400 $1,750 0.3% 2.1%
Auburn $1,360 $1,690 0.6% 3.1%
Marysville $1,370 $1,710 0.0% 0.8%
Lakewood $1,150 $1,430 -0.1% 3.0%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.