South Hill, Washington

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South Hill is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pierce County, Washington, near the city of Puyallup. The population was 31,623 at the 2000 census.

The area is primarily retail shopping centers, residential neighborhoods, and apartment/condo complexes.

The area was first settled in the 1880s and had several logging camps, farms, and hunting grounds. It also was the main route to Eatonville, Washington (Meridian Avenue or SR 161). Population growth was slow until 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.


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 population was spread out with 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.

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