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Area Description

The largest city in Whitman County is Pullman which is home to Washington State University, the National Lentil Festival, local craftsmen, fine cuisine, fun shopping and friendly folk.
The surrounding area is known as the Palouse region of Southeast Washington where rich farmland, rolling hills, rural communities and hidden treasures are found all along the way. Speckled among the hills are majestic buttes with some spectacular panoramic vistas and wildlife viewing. It's a photographer's dream!

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Palouse Ridge Golf Club is but one of our local golf courses, and is a high ranking 18-hole Scottish links style course. There are 14 parks with over 95 acres of land providing a variety of outdoor activities. Hiking, biking and walking are all around and water sports are not far at all.

Cultural Activities

Pullmanites have the option to enjoy a plethora of cultural events and activities provided by departments and clubs from WSU, as well as with the talents of our local community. Residents and visitors alike may enjoy a production at one of our theatres. A neighborhood band might take you home with classic rock or a headliner the likes of Elton John could give you a night to remember.
Beyond that, the Washington Idaho Symphony, the WSU Museum of Art and traveling performances from ballet to circus keep things fluid for the locals.

Public transportation

The fixed routes are currently providing over a million four hundred thousand rides annually, mostly to university students. Our expanded service is Monday – Saturday with hours of operation Monday - Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., and Saturday hours of operation from 9:15 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. during the WSU school year and 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the remainder of the year with modified service on most major holidays. The A and E routes serve north Pullman, the university, and the downtown area; I and J routes serve the south side of town, the university, and downtown area. The Express Routes provide service between the WSU campus and the student housing areas located to the north. The Night service provides limited service to areas of the north and south sides of Pullman. We also provide morning and afternoon service to Pullman School District students.

Our Dial-A-Ride provides paratransit van service to elderly and disabled patrons. Dial-A-Ride operates during the same times that the bus routes operate.

Medical Facilities

Pullman Regional Hospital recently received an Excellence through Insight Award from HealthStream, a patient satisfaction surveying contractor. The award is for “Overall Patient Experience in Inpatient Medical-Surgical Unit” and acknowledges exceptional performance achieved by a healthcare organization.

This is the third year in a row that Pullman Regional Hospital has received an Insight Award from the organization. The other two Insight Awards were “Insight through Excellence for Overall Inpatient Experience” in 2014 and “Innovation for Resuscitation Curriculum Development” in 2013.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  23.8  29.6  35.3  2.5 "  14.5 "
 Feb  27.2  34.0  40.8  2.1 "  6.0 "
 Mar  31.5  39.9  48.3  2.0 "  2.8 "
 Apr  35.9  46.2  56.5  1.7 "  0.8 "
 May  41.6  53.1  64.7  1.8 "  0.2 "
 Jun  46.5  59.1  71.8  1.3 "  0.0 "
 Jul  50.1  65.8  81.6  0.8 "  0.0 "
 Aug  50.3  66.8  83.2  0.9 "  0.0 "
 Sep  43.9  58.7  73.5  0.9 "  0.0 "
 Oct  36.5  48.5  60.4  1.5 "  0.1 "
 Nov  30.3  36.8  43.3  2.8 "  4.9 "
 Dec  24.2  29.9  35.5  2.8 "  12.7 "

We own four distinct seasons featuring warm, dry summers followed by cold, snowy winters with short spring and fall seasons in-between. The beauty of the spring is greatly awaited for the many shades of green seen on the rolling hills surrounding us.

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Cost of Living for Pullman, WA

Pullman, Washington cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Pullman offers excellent housing options. Several brand new developments are currently in process to offer high quality, custom built homes for you and your family. Smaller communities in the surrounding area are only 30 minutes drive and add to the diversity of choices, all at prices much lower than in larger urban centers.

Senior Assistance in Pullman, WA

Pullman, Washington offers the following assistance for seniors:

Pullman Community Council on Aging offers Meals on Wheels and also the Senior Chore Program, which facilitates volunteers to assist homeowners with daily tasks, allowing them to 'age in place'. There are also several elder-care facilities, one of which provides for secure care of dementia and Alzheimer's for loved ones. Dial-A-Ride is primarily a Senior Service with ADA integration. The Senior Center in Pullman is extremely active with weekly and monthly events and also day and overnight trips to further enhance life with friends.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

This is an active, close-knit community, and volunteer opportunities in many different directions are always welcome. Beyond service groups, the library is a great source of activity; as a participant or as a volunteer.

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