Business Climate

Map of Quad CitiesPullman sits at the southeast border region of Washington known as the Palouse. It is home to Washington State University (WSU) and Schweitzer Engineering Labs (SEL). The city is an urban center of innovation and knowledge, the products of which make positive impacts all over the world, yet it’s tucked into a natural environment of forests, rivers and photogenic rolling hills and mountains. The Palouse region produces some of the world’s largest amounts of soft white wheat, lentils and chickpeas on large, historic farms managed by family corporations.

Pullman enjoys a young, modern vibe generated by students, faculty and families who come for Washington’s land grant University, Schweitzer Engineering Labs, METER Group and other growing firms. It is the most ethnically and culturally diverse city in the region. Yet Pullman cherishes its heritage and a less hectic pace of life. Residents and visitors alike appreciate the small feel of the town and idyllic scenery, visible from almost any location. Business people appreciate the interconnectedness of the community and the ability to make long-lasting impacts on the area. Pullman looks to increase economic opportunity, diversity and increased social and cultural amenities as it grows while safeguarding the quality of life attributes so appreciated by businesses and residents alike: a highly educated workforce, high quality schools, safety, a City that is easy to navigate, and with plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities.

Location
Demographics
Pullman’s market area and workforce region reaches all of Whitman County, incorporates Moscow, Idaho to the east and the Lewiston, Idaho/Clarkston, Wa valley to the south. These areas form one “Quad Cities” region with a population over 100,000. The region produces a large number of graduates per capita every year from WSU, the University of Idaho, the Pullman campus of Spokane Falls Community College and the Lewis-Clark State College. Natural assets include the Snake River, vast sections of forested areas and several streams.
Workforce
Between WSU and Spokane Falls Community College, Pullman experiences an availability of graduates per capita that outpaces nearly every other market in the United States. Within Pullman’s 45 minute workforce region, more than 7,000 students graduate each year. Many have developed a strong connection to the area and hope to find employment in the region. 

Workforce Descriptions and job percentages
Educational Attainment
Educational attainment in Pullman is extremely high. 96.9% of Pullmanites over the age of 25 are high school graduates, compared to 90.8% for the State of Washington; and 64.3% have obtained a bachelor’s degree or a higher level of education in Pullman, compared to 34.5% in the State of Washington.

Pullman educational attainment pie chart
Taxes
Pullman does not charge local Business & Operations taxes. Sales and use tax in Pullman, at a combined rate of 0.078, is one of the lowest in the state of Washington. 

The State of Washington offers over 50 tax deferrals, reductions, exemptions and credits. Companies in Pullman are qualified to take advantage of Rural County incentives, and will soon have the ability to use the Main Street tax credit.

Tax deductions may also be available to your business. 

Utilities
Police & Fire
The Pullman Police Department has a mission to police our community with compassion and professionalism. The department is staffed by quality men and women who embrace the Community Policing model of active community engagement and cooperation.

In 2019, Pullman received the Safest Washington Cities (ranking 8th) and Safest College Towns in America (#15) awards from Safewise. 

Crime Rates
Property crimes (per 1,000): 15.22
Violent crimes (per 1,000): 0.68

Pullman’s Fire Department strives to be a model of excellence, and enjoys a Protection Class 4 rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau. This puts Pullman at the 80th percentile amongst all Washington municipalities. 
Transportation
Pullman is served by US 195, which runs from the Idaho state line and connects Pullman to Interstate 90 in Spokane and south to Clarkston/Lewiston. Highway 270 connects the city to US 95, which runs north-south in Idaho. Pullman is also served by the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport (PUW), which operates five flights daily to and from Seattle along with chartered flights. The airport recently upgraded, and has the capacity for Boeing 747 and other similar aircrafts. A new terminal is forthcoming. Other nearby airports include Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport (LWS) and Spokane International Airport (GEG).

Pullman Transit provides fixed route bus service throughout the City seven days a week. The City is looking forward to adding two electric busses to its fleet in the near future.
High Speed Internet Infrastructure
Pullman businesses are able to connect to a high speed fiber-optic network built by the Port of Whitman. Pullman expects 5G infrastructure to be available in the near future.