Despite what its name might suggest, University Place is conspicuously missing a college. In actuality, University Place received its name in the 19th Century when the University of Puget Sound considered opening a second location there. Though that college never materialized, University Place has grown into something of a suburb of Tacoma, situated just between Tacoma and Lakewood. School-wise, Curtis High School and the Charles Wright Academy do find their homes in University Place.
Residential and business areas coexist in harmony, with Safeway, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods offering the lion's share of your grocery options. Titlow Beach resides just down the hill, affording many houses in University Place a beautiful view of the Puget Sound and Gig Harbor. Houses with this view tend to be more upscale, though some older homes remain relatively affordable.
University Place was given the opportunity to host the U.S. Open in 2015 at the Chambers Bay golf course, which was a boon for the economy of both University Place and Tacoma, with many tourists coming from far and wide to see the tournament.
Population: Roughly 31,670
Diversity: 71.21% White, 6.99% Black, 8.23% Asian, 3% Native American, 1% Pacific Islander, 6% Other.
Median Income: $32,104
Median House Value: $282,200
University Place City Council