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Overview

Introduction to University Place, Washington

University Place, Washington is 4 miles N of Lakewood, Washington (center to center) and 27 miles S of Seattle, Washington. It is in Pierce county. The city is part of the Tacoma metro area.

University Place History

In the 1800s, the University of Puget Sound, a private, liberal-arts institute in North Tacoma, purchased land along the north-south route of Grandview Drive. However, what the private college initially planned for was never established, and the university later sold the land back to the city. The community was named after this university. University Place remained unincorporated until it was formally recognized as a city on August 31, 1995. It now functions as a residential and business area near the waterfront of Puget Sound.

University Place and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Nisqually Historic Site
  • Washington State History Museum
  • Windmill Village
  • Chambers Creek Reservoir
  • Jarrell Cove State Park
  • Green Firs Village Shopping Center

Things To Do In University Place

While in University Place, one can visit Fort Nisqually Historic Site and Meeker Mansion. The Washington State History Museum, Fife History Museum, Children's Museum of Tacoma, Job Carr Cabin Museum, Museum of Glass, and Tacoma Art Museum are all nearby and display interesting exhibits that shed light on the region's history and culture. The city also has a beautiful reservoir, Chambers Creek Reservoir, and two stunning creeks, Leach Creek and Chambers Creek, that are worth visiting. The Green Firs Village Shopping Center is the ideal destination for those who want to purchase souvenirs. In addition, University Place hosts the annual Festival of Fun that draws crowds for far and near.

University Place Transportation

Air transportation is available at the McChord AFB Airport.

University Place Higher Education

University Place offers excellent opportunities for higher education. The institutes nearby include Tacoma Community College, Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom, Clover Park Technical College, University of Puget Sound, and Bates Technical College.

People

Total Population 31,991
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 14,663
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 48.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.9%
Median Earnings25+ $41,892
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,386
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,458

Wealth

Median Family Income $77,300
% Above Poverty Level 88.4%
% Below Poverty Level 11.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 4.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.2%
Median Gross Rent $957
Median House Value $282,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37%
US/American 0%
English 11%
Irish 9.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

University Place Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles N of Lakewood, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 27 miles S of Seattle, Washington
County Pierce
Standard Zip Codes 98466, 98467
P.O. Box Zip Codes 98464
Phone Area Codes 253
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.235
Longitude -122.549

University Place Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station TACOMA 1
Distance 6.3 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 47 F
Apr Temp 42 to 60 F
Jul Temp 55 to 76 F
Oct Temp 45 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.9 inches
Station PUYALLUP 2 W EXP STN
Distance 10.4 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 47 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 52 to 78 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 40.5 inches
Station MC MILLIN RESERVOIR
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 45 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 51 to 75 F
Oct Temp 41 to 59 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fircrest 6,612 $71,793
Gig Harbor 7,918 $82,969
Lakewood 59,122 $58,457
Ruston 915 $98,125
Steilacoom 6,118 $75,096
Tacoma 203,481 $62,209

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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8425 40TH W
253-566-5710
Serves 1,379 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

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8805 40TH ST W. SUITE A
253-566-5649
A Non-traditional School
Serves 47 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.5

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