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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population32,342
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens14.6%
Employed Population 16+14,958
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married49.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher35.8%
Median Earnings25+$42,241
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,887
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,977

Wealth

Median Family Income$78,577
% Above Poverty Level88.6%
% Below Poverty Level11.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation3.9%

Housing

People Living Alone26.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,017
Median House Value$293,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)35.2%
German16.5%
English11.7%
Irish9.7%
Norwegian6.3%
Swedish3.8%
Italian3.3%
Scottish3.2%
French Except Basque2.4%
Dutch1.6%
Polish1.4%
Russian1.3%
Danishn1%
African0.9%
Ukrainian0.7%
Portuguese0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Swiss0.6%
Czech0.6%
West Indian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Slovene0.3%
Greek0.3%
Arab0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Hungarian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Iranian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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University Place Almanac

CategoryValue
County Pierce County
Standard Zip Codes98467, 98466
P.O. Box Zip Codes98464
Phone Area Codes253
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude47.2
Approximate Longitude-122.54

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)

StationTACOMA 1
Distance6.3 miles
Jan Temp35 to 47 F
Apr Temp42 to 60 F
Jul Temp55 to 76 F
Oct Temp45 to 61 F
Annual Precip38.9 inches
StationPUYALLUP 2 W EXP STN
Distance10.4 miles
Jan Temp33 to 47 F
Apr Temp39 to 61 F
Jul Temp52 to 78 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip40.5 inches
StationMC MILLIN RESERVOIR
Distance15.1 miles
Jan Temp32 to 45 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp51 to 75 F
Oct Temp41 to 59 F
Annual Precip43.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fircrest6,660$73,914
Gig Harbor8,307$86,846
Lakewood59,489$56,956
Ruston969$97,500
Steilacoom6,175$76,847
Tacoma205,602$65,075

University Place Public Schools

Chs Drop-out Reengagement Program
8425 40th St W
ZIP: 98466
(360) 725-6000
High
Curtis Junior High
3725 Grandview Drive West
ZIP: 98466
(253) 566-5670
Other
Total Enrollment 1003
Curtis Senior High
8425 40th W
ZIP: 98466
(253) 566-5710
High
Total Enrollment 1446
Evergreen Primary
7102 40th St W
ZIP: 98466
(253) 566-5680
Primary
Total Enrollment 495
Sunset Primary
4523 97th Ave W
ZIP: 98466
(253) 566-5640
Primary
Total Enrollment 433

University Place Private Schools

Montessori In Motion
7323 27th St W
ZIP: 98466
Elementary
Total Enrollment 67
Raggaedy Ann & Andy Learning
7924 40th St W
ZIP: 98466
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
Heritage Christian School
5412 67th Ave W
ZIP: 98467
Elementary
Total Enrollment 170
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