One of 22 cities in Pierce County and 281 cities in the State of Washington, University Place is the 4th largest city in the county and 33rd largest in the state. University Place incorporated in 1995 as a code city and operates under the Council-Manager form of government. As a code city, University Place retains the most local control allowed under the state constitution.

Aside from the City, University Place residents are also served at the local level by:

Pierce Transit and Sound Transit

Port of Tacoma

Pierce County Library

West Pierce Fire & Rescue

University Place School District