Rich Block, Poor Block: How Does Your University Place Neighborhood Compare?

Do different parts of University Place have different income levels? And how do the closest neighbors of University Place residents compare? Read on to find the answer.

When you drive through University Place, some neighborhoods seem more affluent than others. But just how wide is the disparity between different parts of town?

A new data-based website, Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks provides some answers to that question. The site uses U.S. census information compiled from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey to show median household income and monthly rents by census tract.

Are you surprised by any of the local data? Tell us in the comments section.

The data show that the median household income in University Place ranges from $36,946 to $77,054. (The average income level is the highest in the neighborhood, just south of Fircrest, with $84,893.) Not surprisingly, income levels are generally higher along the waterfront--especially around the Chambers Creek properties.

The statewide middle-class range is between $52,508 to $64,322.

Median monthly rents tend to mirror the same geographical pattern, ranging for $786 a month in the northern part of town to $1,310 near the Chambers Creek area. 

To see the data mapped out and check out more Puget Sound-area neighborhoods, visit the Rich Block, Poor Blocks website.

Randy Walden February 22, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Not a fan of this type of article. No long ago, maps like this were used to keep some people out of certain neighborhoods. In today's economy you can be rich one day and dirt poor the next or poor one day and rich the next. The focus of should be a clean, health and safe community regardless of race, color or what you have or don't.
Mike Venuto February 23, 2013 at 07:54 PM
This is a statistical breakout of what UP is made up of...based on statistics not political divisions. I live by Chambers Golf Course and it is a great walking area...people of all backgrounds enjoy the walk, some with dogs. Very diverse. You would enjoy the walk and I would encourage you to join the rest of us.
Glennda Boling February 24, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Some of the more affluent do not live beyond their means! Growing up in UP in the 70's and 80's there were plenty of families who lived in ramblers who were very well off! Plenty of families then and now live in much larger houses who cannot afford furniture, decorations, or even food! Don't start segregating UP again and creating "classes"! It is very unbecoming!
Patty Schumacher February 24, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Agree Randy. There is too much emphasis on what differentiates us. Shared values and ethics should be given attention rather than economic status. You can be rich or poor or in between and be a miscreant or a stand up citizen. I care more about our community representing good neighbors rather than the paycheck of the neighborhood.


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