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University Place, Washington
—  City  —
Location of University Place, Washington
Coordinates: 47°13′10″N 122°32′30″W / 47.21944°N 122.54167°W / 47.21944; -122.54167
Country United States
State Washington
County Pierce
 - Total 8.5 sq mi (21.9 km2)
 - Land 8.4 sq mi (21.7 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 200 ft (61 m)
Population (July 1, 2008)
 - Total 30,345
 - Density 3,569.0/sq mi (1,378.0/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 98464, 98466, 98467
Area code(s) 253
FIPS code 53-73465[1]
GNIS feature ID 1512752[2]

University Place is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. Its population was 29,933 at the 2000 census.

Based on per capita income, University Place ranks 81st of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.



University Place received its name in the 1800s when the University of Puget Sound, a private liberal-arts college in North Tacoma, purchased land along the primary north-south route of Grandview Drive. The school sought to build a private Methodist college, but ended up selling the land back to the city for about $11,000. University Place remained an unincorporated part of Pierce County until the City of University Place was formed on August 31, 1995.

Today, University Place is largely suburban in character and functions as a mixed business and residential area near the waterfront of Puget Sound. The town is home to Curtis Senior High School and the Charles Wright Academy.

Chambers Bay golf course recently opened to favorable reviews.[3] A Scottish links-style course, Chambers Bay will host the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open.[4]

University Place's news is primarily covered by The News Tribune (Tacoma), and sometimes by news media in Seattle. Earlier newspapers for the community were the weekly Suburban Times (1970s), published by Dave Sclair (who, starting in 1970, also published Western Flyer); and, in the 1980s, the Lakewood Press, published by Grace T. Eubanks and later Dane S. Claussen, which launched the University Place Press as a monthly and then biweekly before it folded in early 1989.


University Place is located at 47°13′10″N 122°32′30″W / 47.21944°N 122.54167°W / 47.21944; -122.54167 (47.219545, -122.541610)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.5 square miles (21.9 km²), of which 8.4 square miles (21.7 km²) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) (0.83%) is water.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1980 20,381
1990 27,701 35.9%
2000 29,933 8.1%
Est. 2008 30,345 1.4%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 29,933 people, 12,149 households, and 8,212 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,569.0 people per square mile (1,377.5/km²). There were 12,684 housing units at an average density of 1,512.4/sq mi (583.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.87% White, 8.74% African American, 0.72% Native American, 7.47% Asian, 0.56% Pacific Islander, 1.35% from other races, and 5.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.84% of the population.

There were 12,149 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $50,287, and the median income for a family was $60,401. Males had a median income of $42,452 versus $30,045 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,544. About 6.0% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.


The University Place School District manages seven public schools. Primary schools teach kindergarten through fourth grade. Intermediate schools teach grades 5, 6, and 7. Junior high is grades 8 and 9. High school students are in grades 10, 11, and 12.[6]

  • Curtis Senior High
  • Curtis Junior High
  • Drum Intermediate
  • Narrows View Intermediate
  • Chambers Primary
  • Evergreen Primary
  • Sunset Primary
  • University Place Primary

Notable natives and residents


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