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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
University Place is a suburb of Seattle with a population of 32,528. University Place is in Pierce County and is one of the best places to live in Washington. Living in University Place offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In University Place there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in University Place and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in University Place are highly rated.
About University Place...
Population
32,528

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$319,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,057
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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University Place Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    106.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    8.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    29.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    68.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    406
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,552.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    171.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in University Place

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$64,883
National
$55,322

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University Place Reviews

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I love University Place! My family moved here a little over two years ago from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The schools here are superb. All of the teachers that my children have had at Drum, Curtis Jr. High and Curtis Senior High have all been extremely involved with their learning. There are sidewalks everywhere. The locals are all very friendly and the shopping area is right next to the amazing high quality library. Almost all of the city is very pretty to look at there are a few areas that are a little run down near the apartment complexes. My kids and husband love it here and so do I, it is definitely an amazing place to live!
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University Place is a lovely flourishing town that is growing but keeps a smaller town vibe. Since the PGA tournament, population has been steadily increasing. With the expansion of the area around the library, there has been increased business but also increased construction and traffic. However, commutes are relatively unaffected. There is a strong sense of community in University Place which pairs well with the general atmosphere of safety and security. The University Place School District has a record of performing extremely well and prepares children to enter adulthood. Overall, a strong and secure place for families to migrate to.
There are some great things about it, like having shopping center clusters spread throughout the city limits for just about anything you might want, clean shopping areas, well maintained sidewalks and streets, fairly decent bus system, a beautiful library and park. But there are also bad things about it such as the high crime stats for such a small area, lack of affordable housing, seemingly directionless city council efforts in regard to commerce, economics, and mitigation of crimes such as vehicle thefts and prowling. It's also really expensive to live here, in comparison to surrounding cities such as Lakewood and neighboring suburban areas of Tacoma. I like that it feels like a small town, but I hate that it has crime and housing issues like a bigger city.