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 32,842 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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, University Place is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, University Place is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in University Place who work in office and administrative support (13.27%), sales jobs (13.12%), and healthcare (9.78%).
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.
University Place is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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 citizens of University Place are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 34.95% of adults in University Place have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in University Place in 2010 was $31,141, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $124,564 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 English, Irish, Norwegian, and Swedish.
The most common language spoken in University Place is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.