The Lay of the Land

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 10:40

According to the Washington Office of Financial Management, Pullman’s June 2015 estimated population was 32,110. As much of the community’s population consists of undergraduate students, the population takes a slight dip during the summer months. Summer is a great time to visit Pullman. The Pullman Chamber of Commerce takes the lead on the community 4th of July celebration and the two-day National Lentil Festival in August--fun for everyone!

The city is built upon 4 major hills with main traffic arterials in the valleys. Pullman is located in Whitman County between Lewiston, Idaho (30 minutes to the south), Spokane, Washington (90 minutes to the north), and Moscow, Idaho (10 minutes east) on the rolling hills of the Palouse.

The city is home to Washington State University, Community Colleges of Spokane Institute for Extended Learning at Gladish and nearby Moscow is home of the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College is down the hill in Lewiston, Idaho.

The Port of Whitman County , Southeast Washington Economic Development Association (SEWEDA) and the Palouse Knowledge Corridor promote business development. The health care needs of the community are served by Pullman Regional Hospital and numerous other providers.

Check out Pullman weather. Unlike the Washington coast, Pullman tends to be fairly dry and historically has been a dryland farming area with lentils, chickpeas, wheat, peas and other crops under production.

Pullman has excellent public schools in School District 267 and other private schools. WSU operates Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum which offers sports and entertainment second to none. The Palouse Discovery Science Center hosts hundreds of school field trips every year and boasts the membership of hundreds of families in and around the quad-cities (Pullman, Moscow, Lewiston, Clarkston) area.

Picturesque sites are within easy drives. Check out the Palouse Scenic Byway, Uniontown, St. John and the county seat, Colfax. You can find additional information at Washington Department of Tourism, Idaho Travel and Tourism, Pullman Chamber of Commerce, Moscow Chamber of Commerce, Lewis-Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce (Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Wash.)

The city operates a transit system (Pullman Transit) providing fixed-route and Dial-A-Ride service throughout Pullman, while a private company operates the Wheatland Express offering Spokane airport and holiday shuttle services, and private scheduled and charter transportation services in the area as well. The city is a partner in the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport which provides scheduled commercial flights as well as general aviation services.

The city and region are served by several daily newspapers, including The Daily News, which covers Moscow and Pullman, The Lewiston Morning Tribune, The Spokesman-Review, as well as the weekly Whitman County Gazette and student publications at each university, The Daily Evergreen and The Argonaut. The community is served by Neill Public Library as well as multiple libraries at each university.

The Pullman Parks and Recreation Department is a central clearinghouse for many recreational activities throughout the year, and both Whitman County Parks Department and Latah County Parks Department maintain recreational areas as well. WSU has an award-winning 18-hole public golf course, U of I has an 18-hole course in Moscow, and 30 minutes away are two additional 18-hole courses in Lewiston, Idaho, and Clarkston, Washington offering golf throughout the year.
Popular area activities (in no particular order) include:
• Boating on the Snake River
• Whitewater rafting, canoeing, and kayaking
• Fishing for salmon, trout, bass, perch, steelhead, and sturgeon
• Hunting for upland birds, deer, elk, moose, bear, and cougar
• Backpacking, hiking, and camping
• Bicycling and mountain biking
• Softball leagues