University Place, WA
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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 professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in University Place who work in office and administrative support (12.87%), sales jobs (12.02%), and healthcare (10.05%).

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, University Place is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the University Place area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of University Place citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.92% of adults in University Place have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in University Place in 2010 was $32,104, which is upper middle income relative to Washington, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $128,416 for a family of four. However, University Place contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

University Place is a very 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 Korean and Spanish.