University Place, Washington
|University Place, Washington|
|— City —|
|• Total||8.56 sq mi (22.17 km2)|
|• Land||8.42 sq mi (21.81 km2)|
|• Water||0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)|
|Elevation||200 ft (61 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||31,511|
|• Density||3,698.8/sq mi (1,428.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|ZIP codes||98464, 98466, 98467|
|GNIS feature ID||1512752|
Based on per capita income, University Place ranks 81st of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.
University Place received its name in the 1800s when the University of Puget Sound, a private liberal-arts college in North Tacoma, purchased land along the primary north-south route of Grandview Drive. The school sought to build a new campus there, but ended up selling the land back to the city for about $11,000. University Place remained an unincorporated part of Pierce County until the City of University Place was formed on August 31, 1995.
Today, University Place is largely suburban in character and functions as a mixed business and residential area with waterfront on the Puget Sound. The town is home to Curtis Senior High School and the Charles Wright Academy.
University Place's news is primarily covered by The News Tribune (Tacoma), and is also covered by University Place Patch, a hyper-local news website that launched in October 2010, and sometimes by news media in Seattle. Earlier newspapers for the community were the weekly Suburban Times (1970s), published by Dave Sclair (who, starting in 1970, also published Western Flyer); and, in the 1980s, the Lakewood Press, published by Grace T. Eubanks and later Dane S. Claussen, which launched the University Place Press as a monthly and then biweekly before it folded in early 1989.
University Place is located at (47.219545, -122.541610).
2010 census 
As of the census of 2010, there were 31,144 people, 12,819 households, and 8,476 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,698.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,428.1 /km2). There were 13,573 housing units at an average density of 1,612.0 per square mile (622.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 71.0% White, 8.5% African American, 0.8% Native American, 9.0% Asian, 0.8% Pacific Islander, 1.7% from other races, and 8.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.7% of the population.
There were 12,819 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.9% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.94.
The median age in the city was 39.4 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.3% were from 25 to 44; 28.9% were from 45 to 64; and 14.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.
2000 census 
As of the census of 2000, there were 29,933 people, 12,149 households, and 8,212 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,569.0 people per square mile (1,377.5/km²). There were 12,684 housing units at an average density of 1,512.4 per square mile (583.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.87% White, 8.74% African American, 0.72% Native American, 7.47% Asian, 0.56% Pacific Islander, 1.35% from other races, and 5.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.84% of the population.
There were 12,149 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the city the age distribution of the population shows 26.0% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $50,287, and the median income for a family was $60,401. Males had a median income of $42,452 versus $30,045 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,544. About 6.0% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.
The University Place School District manages eight public schools. Primary schools teach kindergarten through fourth grade. Intermediate schools teach grades 5, 6, and 7. Junior high is grades 8 and 9. High school students are in grades 10, 11, and 12.
- Curtis Senior High
- Curtis Junior High
- Drum Intermediate
- Narrows View Intermediate
- Chambers Primary
- Evergreen Primary
- Sunset Primary
- University Place Primary
Notable natives and residents 
- Gary Larson, creator of The Far Side comic strips
- Pat Tillman, star linebacker for Arizona State University and the Arizona Cardinals, 2004 Afghanistan War casualty
- John J. Nance, famous pilot and author
- Margaret Witt, USAF Major (ret.) who helped overturn "Don't Ask; Don't Tell"
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Chambers Bay first impressions: Wow!", Brent Champaco, Tacoma The News Tribune, June 24, 2007
- "Chambers Bay: Links on Puget Sound Cause More than a Ripple", Crai Bower, Washington CEO, October 17, 2007
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "University Place School District, Schools". Retrieved 2009-01-21.
Stan Flemming, Currently running for the 10th Congreessional District seat in Congress