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Yelm, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Yelm had a population of 8,513 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Yelm is located at latitude 46.9426 and longitude -122.6431 in Thurston County. 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. Thurston County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 344 feet.

The City of Yelm (GNIS ID: 2412317) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Yelm 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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Yelm, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 8,513
Daytime Population: Workers 3,373
Daytime Population: Residents 4,888
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,261
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.97
Population in Households 8,443
Population in Familes 7,057
Population in Group Qrtrs 70
Population Density2 1,498
Diversity Index3 51


Median Household Income $61,095
Average Household Income $70,467
Per Capita Income $24,484


Total Housing Units 3,111 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,828 (58.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,015 (32.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 268 ( 8.6%)
Median Home Value $234,653
Average Home Value $271,937


Total Households 2,843
Average Household Size 2.97
Family Households 2,037
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 3.05% 2.19%
Households 2.97% 2.1%
Families 2.43% 2.05%
Median Household Income   2.02%
Per Capita Income   2.35%

Yelm, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Yelm 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 # 138 78th
Population Density # 203 68th
Diversity Index # 182 71st
Median Household Income # 261 59th
Per Capita Income # 450 28th

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