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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    NG
  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 32,342. University Place is in Pierce County. Living in University Place offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In University Place there are a lot of coffee shops and 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
32,342

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$293,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,017
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    125
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    39
    41
  • Robbery
    56
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    487
    500
  • Theft
    1,824
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    261
    284
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Residents

Diversity
NG
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$60,947
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    38%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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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.
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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.
This used to be a nice, friendly community, but it is swiftly going downhill. Population is exploding and not in a positive way. In the past year I have had my car robbed, found a dirty needle by the school bus stop, witnessed multiple arrests, been screamed at by a stranger, and lastly, been scammed on the vehicle I was buying to get out of here and find somewhere that hasn't been ruined by its own popularity yet. It's still the best in the area, which is scary.