Figures released Wednesday from the 2010 Census show that University Place's population grew by 4 percent over the decade from 2000 to 2010.
Overall, the city's population is 31,144, an increase of 1,211 residents compared to 2000.
The city's ethnic mix also became more diverse. People who identified themselves as white still constitute the biggest group at 22,120, or 71 percent of the city's population, although the group shrunk by almost 3 percent compared to a decade ago.
All other ethnic groups saw a jump, the most dramatic being people who identified themselves as Latinos. That group more than doubled, going from 1,150 to 2,641.
At the county level, Pierce County is still the state's second-most populous county at 795,225 residents, an increase of 94,405 people, or 13 percent.
Washington state’s population rose about 14 percent in the past decade, reaching 6,724,540 in 2010. The state is slightly more diverse, with 77 percent of the population identifying themselves as white, vs. 82 percent in 2000.
The Hispanic and Latino population grew the fastest, rising 71 percent to about three-quarters of a million people. That group makes up about 11 percent of the state’s population, up from 7.5 percent in 2000.
Among people who identified themselves as one race, the population of native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders grew the fastest, up 69 percent. Asians grew 49 percent; blacks grew 26 percent; American Indian and Alaska natives grew 11 percent; and the white population rose just under 8 percent. People who identified themselves as “Some Other Race” rose 53 percent."
People who identified themselves as two or more races rose 47 percent. They’re still just a small portion of the population, at about 313,000, or just under 5 percent.
Pierce County's 20 largest cities and placesTacoma city 198,397 Lakewood city 58,163 South Hill CDP 52,431 Puyallup city 37,022 Parkland CDP 35,803 University Place city 31,144 Spanaway CDP 27,227 Graham CDP 23,491 Frederickson CDP 18,719 Bonney Lake city 17,374 Elk Plain CDP 14,205 Artondale CDP 12,653 Lake Tapps CDP 11,859 Prairie Ridge CDP 11,464 Fort Lewis CDP 11,046 Sumner city 9,451 Edgewood city 9,387 Fife city 9,173 Midland CDP 8,962 DuPont city 8,199
Pierce County's 20 smallest cities and placesEnumclaw city 0 Ketron Island CDP 17 Elbe CDP 29 Greenwater CDP 67 Pacific city 92 La Grande CDP 109 Herron Island CDP 151 Ashford CDP 217 Alder CDP 227 Kapowsin CDP 333 South Prairie town 434 Raft Island CDP 459 Wilkeson town 477 Vaughn CDP 544 Carbonado town 610 McKenna CDP 716 Ruston town 749 Roy city 793 Dash Point CDP 931 Anderson Island CDP 1,037
CDP - Census-Designated Place, which are delineated for each decennial census as the statistical counterparts of incorporated places.
Source: American Factfinder