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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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+

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%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    120
    283
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    34
    41
  • Robbery
    57
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    527
    500
  • Theft
    1,699
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    325
    284

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.
Overall, University Place is a great, kid-friendly place to grow up. Being that we just moved here a couple years ago from South Tacoma, I wouldn't say I'm too familiar with the area or have gotten to appreciate the advancements its made over the years; although, from what I have experienced it definitely has a lot to offer and is constantly making improvements! People are so friendly around here; always smiling and giving off a warm feel. Housed by older folks, it tends to be more on the quieter side more that anything. U.P. is generally known for Chamber's Bay Golf Course, only about a 5 min drive or 30 min walk from my house which is definitely a huge plus! When I grow up, I do not see myself settling in university place only because I know I'd rather go back to what I am used to (Tacoma). As great as U.P. is, it does not really operate on my kind of style, but I am thankful my parents were able to provide a roof under our heads in such a safe area!