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Yelm, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Yelm is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Thurston County at latitude 46.9426 and longitude -122.6431. Thurston County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 344 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Yelm, but most people and references simply refer to it as Yelm, Washington.

The P1 Census Class Code for Yelm indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Yelm (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.68 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles.

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Yelm, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 7,565
Population in Households 7,496
Population in Familes 6,268
Population in Group Qrtrs 69
Population Density1 1,331
Diversity Index2 47


Total Households 2,532
Average Household Size 2.96
Family Households 1,810
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,784 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,610 (57.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 922 (33.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 252 ( 9.1%)
Median Home Value $213,422
Average Home Value $246,098


Median Household Income $58,356
Average Household Income $68,309
Per Capita Income $23,754
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 2.37% 1.96%
Households 2.3% 1.92%
Families 1.32% 1.8%
Median Household Income   2.08%
Per Capita Income   2.01%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Yelm, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Yelm to the other 628 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 144 77th
Population Density1 # 230 64th
Diversity Index2 # 198 69th
Median Household Income # 230 64th
Per Capita Income # 382 39th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Washington Census Data Comparison Tool.