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Pullman Area Profile


A town that has it all

Pullman stands among the half dozen best college towns in America, according to a 2012 MSN ranking. Here you won’t find smog or traffic jams. What you will find are excellent public schools and health care services, a vibrant array of cultural and community activities, a pleasant climate, and a community named one of the four safest in Washington.

Five-hour drive from Seattle
The city of Pullman lies 280 miles east of Seattle and 78 miles south of Spokane, nestled amidst the gently rolling hills of a region that National Geographic once described as "A Paradise Called the Palouse."

Two universities
The WSU community isn’t alone. Just 8 miles away is the University of Idaho in Moscow, a major teaching and research institution. Neighbors for well over 100 years, the 2 universities engage in many joint educational and research endeavors.

Many places to go
From Pullman it’s just a short drive to extraordinary destinations for outdoor recreation in Washington and neighboring Idaho: hiking, camping, mountain biking, snow skiing, fishing, boating, rafting, and more.


Great schools

College entrance exam scores of Pullman School District graduates are consistently in the top 3% of all high schools in the state.


The city spans 4 hills— Sunnyside, Pioneer, College, and Military—that divide it into 4 nearly equal quarters. As you might expect, the University sits atop College Hill. The Sunnyside Hill residential area was named one of the nation's four best college-town neighborhoods for adults by the MSN real estate website.

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