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University Place, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of University Place had a population of 32,093 as of July 1, 2016. University Place ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Washington. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for University Place is located at latitude 47.2151 and longitude -122.5476 in Pierce County. The formal boundaries for the City of University Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.43 sq. miles and a water area of 0.14 sq. miles. Pierce County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 200 feet.

The City of University Place (GNIS ID: 2412136) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of University Place is located within Tacoma Division of Pierce County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with University Place population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for University Place: Belmarlow.

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University Place, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 32,093
Population in Households 31,885
Population in Familes 25,518
Population in Group Qrtrs 208
Population Density1 3,809
Diversity Index2 60


Total Households 13,166
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 8,635
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 14,088 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,213 (51.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,953 (42.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 922 ( 6.5%)
Median Home Value $325,012
Average Home Value $368,526


Median Household Income $61,230
Average Household Income $83,634
Per Capita Income $34,495
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.48% 0.71%
Households 0.43% 0.67%
Families 0.3% 0.59%
Median Household Income   2.01%
Per Capita Income   1.73%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

University Place, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares University Place to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 39 94th
Population Density1 # 45 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 109 82nd
Median Household Income # 220 65th
Per Capita Income # 152 76th

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