University Place is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 33,401 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, University Place is the 35th largest community in Washington.
Housing costs in University Place are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.
University Place is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, University Place is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in University Place who work in office and administrative support (13.22%), sales jobs (10.94%), and management occupations (9.48%).
Also of interest is that University Place has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One of the nice things about University Place is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
For the size of the city, public transportation in University Place is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For University Place, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The population of University Place is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 38.57% of adults in University Place have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in University Place in 2010 was $35,257, which is upper middle income relative to Washington, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $141,028 for a family of four. However, University Place contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
University Place is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call University Place home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of University Place residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in University Place include German, English, Irish, Norwegian, and Swedish.
The most common language spoken in University Place is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.