University Place, WA

University Place profile

Living in University Place

University Place is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 34,001 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, University Place is the 35th largest community in Washington.

Housing costs in University Place are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.

Unlike some cities, University Place isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in University Place are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, University Place is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in University Place who work in office and administrative support (12.91%), sales jobs (11.51%), and management occupations (9.00%).

One of the nice things about University Place is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, University Place is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the University Place area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of University Place ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in University Place, 40.75% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in University Place in 2018 was $38,828, which is upper middle income relative to Washington, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $155,312 for a family of four. However, University Place contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

University Place is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call University Place home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of University Place residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in University Place include German, English, Irish, Norwegian, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in University Place is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.