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The City of Yelm had a population of 9,838 as of July 1, 2021.

The primary coordinate point for Yelm is located at latitude 46.942 and longitude -122.606 in Thurston County. The formal boundaries for the City of Yelm encompass a land area of 5.68 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Thurston County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 344 feet.

The City of Yelm 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 Yelm is located within Olympia East Division of Thurston County.

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Yelm, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 9,838 (100%)
Population in Households 9,768 (99.3%)
Population in Families 8,130 (82.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 70 ( 0.7%)
Population Density 1,727
Diversity Index2 53


Median Household Income $73,624
Average Household Income $82,836
% of Income for Mortgage4 19%
Per Capita Income $28,261
Wealth Index5 68


Total HU (Housing Units) 3,412 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,343 (68.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 936 (27.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 133 ( 3.9%)
Median Home Value $331,470
Average Home Value $351,504
Housing Affordability Index3 129


Total Households 3,279
Average Household Size 2.98
Family Households 2,339
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 3.27% 2.44%
Households 3.21% 2.4%
Families 2.81% 2.34%
Median Household Income   1.99%
Per Capita Income   3.29%
Owner Occupied HU   3.16%

Yelm, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Yelm to the other 625 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 131 79th
Population Density # 182 71st
Median Household Income # 263 58th
Housing Affordability Index # 412 66th
Per Capita Income # 450 28th
Diversity Index # 187 70th

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