South Hill, Washington

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South Hill, Washington
Location of South Hill, Washington
Location of South Hill, Washington
Coordinates: 47°7′16″N 122°17′26″W / 47.12111°N 122.29056°W / 47.12111; -122.29056Coordinates: 47°7′16″N 122°17′26″W / 47.12111°N 122.29056°W / 47.12111; -122.29056
Country United States
State Washington
County Pierce
 • Total 18.1 sq mi (46.8 km2)
 • Land 18.0 sq mi (46.6 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 535 ft (163 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 52,431
 • Density 2,912.8/sq mi (1,125.1/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 98373-98375
Area code 253
FIPS code 53-65922[1]
GNIS feature ID 1867636[2]

South Hill is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pierce County, Washington, south of the city of Puyallup. The population was 52,431 at the 2010 census. The name describes the area's location on the south side of the Puyallup River valley. This also contrasts with the nearby Edgewood and Milton areas, which are known informally as North Hill.

The area is primarily retail shopping centers, residential neighborhoods, and apartment/condo complexes. Major neighborhoods include Manorwood, Sunrise (Sunrise Master Association), Silvercreek, and Gem Heights. There are also a few popular public parks: Bradley Lake Park, South Hill Community Park, and Wildwood Park.

The area was first settled in the 1880s after a military road was built through the area in the 1850s. Several logging camps, farms, and hunting grounds sprouted up as the area was settled. It also was the main route to the towns of Kapowsin and Eatonville (Meridian Avenue or SR 161). Population growth was slow until after World War II, when roads improved and people could commute to nearby Tacoma, Fort Lewis, and Seattle with ease.


South Hill is located at 47°7′16″N 122°17′26″W / 47.12111°N 122.29056°W / 47.12111; -122.29056 (47.121080, -122.290506).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 18.1 square miles (46.8 km²), of which, 18.0 square miles (46.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.39%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 12,963
2000 31,623 143.9%
2010 52,431 65.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 31,623 people, 10,929 households, and 8,721 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,756.3 people per square mile (677.9/km²). There were 11,398 housing units at an average density of 633.0/sq mi (244.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.41% White, 2.42% African American, 0.94% Native American, 3.36% Asian, 0.49% Pacific Islander, 1.45% from other races, and 3.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.13% of the population.

There were 10,929 households out of which 45.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.3% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 15.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the CDP the age distribution of the population shows 31.3% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 33.9% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $60,524, and the median income for a family was $64,544. Males had a median income of $45,637 versus $30,306 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,700. About 2.6% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.


The Puyallup School District is the public school district for South Hill. Governor John R. Rogers High School and Emerald Ridge High School are both located in South Hill, as well as three junior high schools: Glacier View Junior High, Stahl Junior High, and Ballou Junior High, and several elementary schools. Elementary schools include Hunt Elementary, Edgerton Elementary, Carson Elementary, Pope Elementary, Brouillet Elementary, Firgrove Elementary, Zeiger Elementary, and Ridgecrest Elementary.

Surrounding community[edit]

Notable natives[edit]

  • Megan Jendrick - Two time Olympic gold medalist swimmer
  • Nathan Jendrick - Author, lecturer, model, photographer, and celebrity personal trainer
  • Melanie Stambaugh - Elected to the Washington state House of Representatives in November 2014