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Rainier, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Rainier had a population of 2,074 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Rainier is located at latitude 46.8917 and longitude -122.6866 in Thurston County. The formal boundaries for the City of Rainier (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.73 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Thurston County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 433 feet.

The City of Rainier (GNIS ID: 2412521) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Rainier is located within Thurston South Division of Thurston County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Rainier population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Rainier, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,074
Daytime Population: Workers 380
Daytime Population: Residents 1,102
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,482
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.71
Population in Households 2,074
Population in Familes 1,728
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 1,199
Diversity Index3 32


Median Household Income $68,331
Average Household Income $83,106
Per Capita Income $31,178


Total Housing Units 825 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 603 (73.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 151 (18.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 71 ( 8.6%)
Median Home Value $243,919
Average Home Value $290,506


Total Households 754
Average Household Size 2.75
Family Households 556
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 2.02% 1.89%
Households 1.94% 1.82%
Families 1.93% 1.77%
Median Household Income   2.62%
Per Capita Income   3.04%

Rainier, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rainier to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 311 51st
Population Density # 249 60th
Diversity Index # 343 45th
Median Household Income # 194 69th
Per Capita Income # 246 61st

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