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A+ University Place Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F University Place Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% higher than Washington
University Place
12222% more expensive than the US average
Washington
11515% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
University Place cost of living
B- University Place Crime Total crime is 20% lower than Washington
Total crime
2,7921% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 361% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
12%Year over year crime is up
University Place crime
C- University Place Employment Household income is 3% lower than Washington
Median household income
$60,94710% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$33,23211% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%2% lower than the US average
University Place employment
B- University Place Housing Home value is 9% higher than Washington
Median home value
$293,70059% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,0177% higher than the US average
Home ownership
55%14% lower than the US average
University Place real estate or University Place rentals
B+ University Place Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Washington
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
60%22% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:123% higher than the US average
University Place K-12 schools

Living in University Place, WA

University Place, Washington is a medium-sized city with a population of 32,342 residents. In University Place, there are 3,881 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. If we look at the most recent Census, University Place is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. If you are looking for a family friendly city, University Place might be a good fit as 72% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 62% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Living in University Place can be a fulfilling experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of Washington, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in University Place and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Washington and national averages.

University Place, WA receives 76 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #45 in Washington and #4,057 in the USA. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in University Place could be a great choice! If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that University Place has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+), crime (B-), education (B+) and housing (B-). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in University Place. The following was graded with a concerning score: cost of living (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., University Place has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

University Place real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in University Place. The median home price for University Place homes is $293,700, which is 9.1% higher than the Washington average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in University Place, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.8, which is 11.6% higher than the Washington average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in University Place were 8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 9.2%.

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Compare University Place, WA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around University Place, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
North End, Tacoma765.324,051
Northeast Tacoma, Tacoma718.816,749
West End, Tacoma674.426,425
Eastside-Enact, Tacoma656.331,293
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Tacoma, Tacoma633.125,639
Ruston, Tacoma626962
South End, Tacoma614.839,768
Central, Tacoma61422,107

Best Cities Near University Place, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Maple Valley, WA8226.225,093
Medina, WA82323,169
Clyde Hill, WA8232.63,197
Yarrow Point, WA8133.51,149
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mercer Island, WA8028.324,467
Sammamish, WA8035.762,136
Redmond, WA7937.959,268
Bellevue, WA7931.8136,718

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University Place Washington: Small Town Feel in a Big City

Attractions7/10
Community9/10
Nightlife8/10
Dining8/10
Shopping10/10
I always reveled in the small town feel when living in University Place Washington. The thriving city has a population of over 31,000 and was named for its private liberal arts school, the University of Puget Sound that was founded in 1800. The city has great appeal and excellent shopping venues all around the district. It is beautifully manicured and well maintained. Crime remains at an all-time low, the weather is moderate, and the education facilities are above average on a national scale. Nearby cities include Tacoma and Fircrest.

The cost of living is a bit pricier than neighboring cities, but the beauty of the greenery, waterscapes, and mountains often make up for it. Some of the prettiest and best areas in University Place are Chambers Bay. It has great golfing, breathtaking views for miles and excellent walking trails. Perfect for families, singles, and dog lovers. My favorite time of day to visit is around sunset. I have taken some of the most interesting and majestical photos here.
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Source: The University Place, WA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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