About This Place
University Place is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. Its population was 31,144 at the 2010 census.
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 private Methodist college, 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.