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Pullman Area Profile


Economy and government

In addition to WSU students, faculty, and staff, the city’s 27,600 residents include families and individuals employed in education, agriculture, technology, retail, health care and other services, and government.


Washington State University and the University of Idaho dominate the local economy, together employing nearly 10,000 individuals. Research conducted at WSU contributes significantly to Pullman’s economy.


The Palouse area is known as one of the world’s top producers of lentils and dry peas, as well as wheat and barley. Area farmers contribute several million dollars to the local economy. The annual National Lentil Festival features a famed Lentil Cook-off.


Palouse Knowledge Corridor A coalition of the 2 land-grant research universities, local economic development councils, and the private sector, the PKC promotes sustainable economic growth in Pullman and neighboring Moscow, Idaho through support of research and technology transfer. Its nearly 40 member companies span industry clusters that include electronics/engineering, biotechnology, environmental services, advanced materials, manufacturing support, and information services.

Pullman Industrial Park
The north end of Pullman is home to an expanding high-tech industry, with major employers like power systems protection company Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, founded by a WSU Ph. D. graduate, and scientific instrument maker Decagon Devices, founded by WSU faculty members.


Stroll through Pullman's charming downtown, dotted with specialty stores and restaurants. The city also has a growing retail base beyond the downtown area.

Health care

Pullman Regional Hospital, one of the newest hospitals in the Pacific Northwest, consistently ranks in the top 3 percent nationally in customer satisfaction (Press Ganey survey results).

Government profile

Pullman Mayor and City Council
The city is run by these elected officials (there are 7 council members) and an appointed city supervisor.

Whitman County Board of Commissioners
This 3-person board levies taxes and manages the budget for county operations, adopts and amends county ordinances, and appoints citizen committees and non-elected county department heads.

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