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University Place, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of University Place had a population of 34,022 as of July 1, 2021. 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 47.2357 and longitude -122.5504 in Pierce County. The formal boundaries for the City of University Place 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 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for University Place: Belmarlow.

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University Place, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 34,022 (100%)
Population in Households 33,827 (99.4%)
Population in Families 26,863 (79.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 195 ( 0.6%)
Population Density 4,080
Diversity Index2 63


Median Household Income $78,479
Average Household Income $102,948
% of Income for Mortgage4 24%
Per Capita Income $42,234
Wealth Index5 123


Total HU (Housing Units) 14,694 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,251 (56.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,720 (38.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 723 ( 4.9%)
Median Home Value $437,791
Average Home Value $497,070
Housing Affordability Index3 93


Total Households 13,971
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 9,089
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.8% 1.06%
Households 0.78% 1.06%
Families 0.63% 0.98%
Median Household Income   1.77%
Per Capita Income   2.47%
Owner Occupied HU   1.35%

University Place, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares University Place to the other 625 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 Density # 42 93rd
Median Household Income # 217 65th
Housing Affordability Index # 138 22nd
Per Capita Income # 160 75th
Diversity Index # 105 83rd

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