University Place

A friendly, suburban community with an emphasis on the outdoors. Known for its community-oriented focus and its breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, University Place (also known as UP by locals) offers a small-town feel while providing many of the same amenities of larger cities.

University Place is a city in Pierce CountyWashington, United States. Its population was 34,866 at the 2020 census.[3]

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.[5]

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 Charles Wright Academy.

Chambers Bay golf course opened in 2007 to favorable reviews. A Scottish links-style course, Chambers Bay hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open.

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°13′10″N 122°32′30″W (47.219545, -122.541610).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.56 square miles (22.17 km2), of which, 8.42 square miles (21.81 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water.[9]

SCHOOLS

The University Place School District manages eight public schools. Primary schools teach kindergarten through fourth grade. Intermediate schools teach grades five through seven. Junior high is grades eight and nine. High school students are in grades ten through twelve.[12]

  • Curtis Senior High
  • Curtis Junior High
  • Drum Intermediate
  • Narrows View Intermediate
  • Chambers Primary
  • Evergreen Primary
  • Sunset Primary
  • University Place Primary

About the Neighborhood

There are community events
Neighbors are friendly
There's holiday spirit
Great schools
Great for retirees
Car is needed
It's walkable to grocery stores
It's walkable to restaurant
Easy commutes
Good transit
Parking is easy
There are sidewalks
Yards are well-kept
Streets are well-lit
Great hospitals
Parks and playgrounds
Lots of wildlife
It's quiet
It's dog friendly
Kids play outside
Great nightlife
Beach life
Golfing
Walking / Hiking trails
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