Based on per capita income, University Place ranks 81st of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.
History EditUniversity 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. In 2012, then mayor, Ken Grassi tried to change the city's name to Chambers Bay. Private citizens have continued to try and have the city change it's name.
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.
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.
University Place is located at 47°13′10″N 122°32′30″W (47.219545, -122.541610).
The Chambers Bay Golf Course opened to favorable reviews in 2007. 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. The city also gets all Seattle media. 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.
Tacoma's first movie studio, H. C. Weaver Studio, was sited at present-day Titlow Beach. At the time, it was the third-largest freestanding film production space in America, with the two larger facilities being located in Hollywood. The studio's importance has undergone a revival with the discovery of one of its most famous lost films, Eyes of the Totem.