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Thurston County, Washington (WA)

County population in 2016: 275,222 (79% urban, 21% rural); it was 207,355 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 50,458
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 16,611
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 54,364
Renter-occupied apartments: 33,581 (it was 27,261 in 2000)
% of renters here:

33%
State:

36%

Land area: 727 sq. mi.

Water area: 46.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 379 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Thurston County: 107.6 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (27.0%), Educational, health and social services (18.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 51%
  • Government: 16%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 32%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Thurston County, Washington:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (75.5%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (8.6%)
  • Asian alone (5.8%)
  • Two or more races (5.1%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (2.9%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.1%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone (0.9%)
Median resident age:  39.5 years
Washington median age:  37.7 years
Males: 135,063  (49.1%)
Females: 140,159  (50.9%)

Thurston County,WA real estate house value trend


Average household size:
Thurston County:

2.0 people
Washington:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $65,783 ($46,975 in 1999)

This county:

$65,783
Washington:

$67,106

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $992 (lower quartile is $783, upper quartile is $1,315)
This county:

$992
State:

$999


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $261,700 (it was $138,800 in 2000)
Thurston:

$261,700
Washington:

$306,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $198,000 - $366,600

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $323,443
Here:

$323,443
State:

$404,096

Townhouses or other attached units: $275,474
Here:

$275,474
State:

$385,704

In 2-unit structures: $231,504
Here:

$231,504
State:

$303,123

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $118,763
Here:

$118,763
State:

$347,873

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $399,996
Here:

$399,996
State:

$370,648

Mobile homes: $94,972
Here:

$94,972
State:

$116,190

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $48,741
Here:

$48,741
State:

$133,868
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,609
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $523

Institutionalized population: 1,971

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 18
  • Robberies: 26
  • Assaults: 277
  • Burglaries: 889
  • Thefts: 1974
  • Auto thefts: 353

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 18
  • Robberies: 24
  • Assaults: 222
  • Burglaries: 962
  • Thefts: 1802
  • Auto thefts: 242
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Health of residents in Thurston County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.5. This is about average.
81.9% of residents exercised in the past month. This is more than average.
49.7% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
82.8% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
75.2% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 197 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 166 pounds. This is about average.
32.9% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is more than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 1139 buildings, average cost: $136,400
  • 2001: 1433 buildings, average cost: $144,000
  • 2002: 1623 buildings, average cost: $151,900
  • 2003: 1670 buildings, average cost: $179,700
  • 2004: 2099 buildings, average cost: $170,000
  • 2007: 2027 buildings, average cost: $202,200
  • 2008: 1212 buildings, average cost: $192,100
  • 2009: 1083 buildings, average cost: $203,400
  • 2010: 1053 buildings, average cost: $211,100
  • 2011: 858 buildings, average cost: $229,700
  • 2012: 959 buildings, average cost: $213,700
  • 2013: 929 buildings, average cost: $254,700
  • 2014: 934 buildings, average cost: $251,600
Number of permits per 10,000 residents
Average permit cost
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $2,939 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $2,695 (1.1%)

Thurston County household income distribution in 2013 Thurston County home values distribution in 2013 Thurston County contract rent distribution in 2013
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 10.5%
Thurston County:

10.5%
Washington:

11.3%
(9.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 14.4% for Black residents, 19.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 30.7% for American Indian residents, 15.9% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 17.7% for other race residents, 13.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 39.5 years old
(Males: 37.7 years old, Females: 41.4 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43.2 years old, Black residents: 36.8 years old, American Indian residents: 36.2 years old, Asian residents: 39.3 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27.8 years old, Other race residents: 34.5 years old)

Area name: Olympia, WA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Thurston County is $586 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $749 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1088 a month.

Cities in this county include: Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Tanglewilde, Tanglewilde-Thompson Place, Yelm, North Yelm, Grand Mound, Rochester, Rainier.

Thurston County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

2012 air pollution in Thurston County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.025 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Below U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Alger County, Michigan , Ashland County, Wisconsin , Fergus County, Montana , Pierce County , Kootenai County, Idaho , Teton County, Montana .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.4%
Washington:

4.8%

Unemployment by year
County total employment by year
County average yearly wages by year

Current college students: 13,181
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 93.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 35.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 21,163 (62.0% naturalized citizens)

Thurston County:

7.7%
Whole state:

14.0%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population Note: State values scaled to Thurston County population
  • 3,3772010 or later
  • 5,2392000 to 2009
  • 4,3841990 to 1999
  • 3,1901980 to 1989
  • 2,4701970 to 1979
  • 3,223Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 73.4%

Thurston County marital status for males Thurston County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 75,977
  • One, attached: 3,547
  • Two: 2,615
  • 3 or 4: 4,624
  • 5 to 9: 4,579
  • 10 to 19: 3,510
  • 20 to 49: 2,812
  • 50 or more: 4,270
  • Mobile homes: 11,257
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 123

Housing units in Thurston County with a mortgage: 44,795 (1,279 second mortgage, 4,254 home equity loan, 148 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 21,988

Here:

67.7% with mortgage
State:

69.0% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Thurston County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Year 2000 to 2010 Change
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant28,471116
Catholic18,5268
Other15,33450
Mainline Protestant10,49731
Orthodox1101
None179,326-
Thurston County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 41
Thurston County:

1.72 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 4
Here:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 28
This county:

1.18 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

1.18 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 70
Thurston County:

2.94 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

2.67 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 166
This county:

6.97 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.26 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Thurston County:

7.7%
Washington:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Thurston County:

26.9%
State:

25.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.5%
State:

13.9%

Agriculture in Thurston County:

Average size of farms: 64 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $99,286
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $2783.92
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 40.08%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 56.98%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $86,773
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 23.80%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 27.53%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $37,299
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.39%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 32.14
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 41.55%
Vegetables: 200 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 95 acres

Earthquake activity:

Thurston County-area historical earthquake activity is near Washington state average. It is 160% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 25.3 miles away from Thurston County center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW, Depth: 32.2 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 15.0 miles away from the county center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 4/29/1965 at 15:28:43, a magnitude 6.6 (6.6 UK) earthquake occurred 34.1 miles away from the county center, causing $28,000,000 total damage
On 7/3/1999 at 01:43:54, a magnitude 5.8 (5.4 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, 5.3 ME, Depth: 25.2 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 19.4 miles away from the county center
On 1/31/1922 at 13:17:28, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 454.1 miles away from Thurston County center
On 8/17/1991 at 22:17:14, a magnitude 7.1 (6.2 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.1 MW, 6.8 ML, Depth: 8.4 mi) earthquake occurred 385.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Washington Severe Winter Storm, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: January 14, 2012 to January 23, 2012, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4056: March 05, 2012, FEMA Id: 4056, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Washington Severe Winter Storm, Landslides, Mudslides, and Flooding, Incident Period: January 06, 2009 to January 16, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1817: January 30, 2009, FEMA Id: 1817, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Washington Severe Winter Storm and Record and Near Record Snow, Incident Period: December 12, 2008 to January 05, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1825: March 02, 2009, FEMA Id: 1825, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snow
  • Washington Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 01, 2007 to December 17, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1734: December 08, 2007, FEMA Id: 1734, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Washington Severe Winter Storm, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 14, 2006 to December 15, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1682: February 14, 2007, FEMA Id: 1682, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide
  • Washington Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: November 02, 2006 to November 11, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1671: December 12, 2006, FEMA Id: 1671, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Washington Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3227: September 07, 2005, FEMA Id: 3227, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Washington Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: October 15, 2003 to October 23, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1499: November 07, 2003, FEMA Id: 1499, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Washington Earthquake, Incident Period: February 28, 2001 to March 16, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1361: March 01, 2001, FEMA Id: 1361, Natural disaster type: Earthquake
  • Washington Severe Storms/Flooding/Landslides/Mudslides, Incident Period: March 18, 1997 to March 28, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1172: April 02, 1997, FEMA Id: 1172, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • 13 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Thurston County (23) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 22
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 16, Storms: 13, Mudslides: 7, Landslides: 6, Winter Storms: 5, Earthquakes: 2, Snows: 2, Winds: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Volcanic Eruption: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Class of Workers in 2016
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2016


  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Public administration (19%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)

Most common industries for females in 2016


  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Public administration (20%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)

Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2016


  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2016


  • Office and administrative support occupations (23%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (15%)
  • Vietnam (12%)
  • Korea (11%)
  • Philippines (8%)
  • Canada (5%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Thurston County


  • German (11%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • English (6%)
  • American (6%)
  • European (4%)
  • Norwegian (4%)
  • Italian (3%)

Thurston County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 88,382 (77.6%)
  • Carpooled: 10,345 (9.1%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2,734 (2.4%)
  • Railroad: 27 (0.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 1,111 (1.0%)
  • Bicycle: 1,078 (0.9%)
  • Walked: 2,495 (2.2%)
  • Worked at home: 7,701 (6.8%)
Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Thurston County, Washington in 2000:

  • 784 people in nursing homes
  • 743 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 601 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 374 people in state prisons
  • 367 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 270 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 79 people in other group homes
  • 64 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 61 people in religious group quarters
  • 39 people in halfway houses
  • 6 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 5 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 4 people in homes for the mentally retarded

People in group quarters in Thurston County, Washington in 2010:

  • 1,169 people in college/university student housing
  • 711 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 496 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 477 people in state prisons
  • 452 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 241 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 227 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 171 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 164 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 40 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 28 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 24 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 19 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 3 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $59,367.

8.21% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,119 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.21%
Washington average:

6.54%


0.26% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,207 average AGI)
Thurston County:

0.26%
Washington average:

0.14%

4.00% relocated from other counties in Washington ($17,591 average AGI)
3.94% relocated from other states ($18,321 average AGI)
Thurston County:

3.94%
Washington average:

3.33%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Pierce County, WA  1.41% ($38,385 average AGI)
from King County, WA  0.72% ($36,361)
from Lewis County, WA  0.38% ($33,872)
from Mason County, WA  0.31% ($34,826)
from Grays Harbor County, WA  0.29% ($32,147)
from Snohomish County, WA  0.14% ($41,413)
from Spokane County, WA  0.11% ($29,333)


7.53% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($38,399 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.53%
Washington average:

6.20%


0.18% of residents moved to foreign countries ($913 average AGI)
Thurston County:

0.18%
Washington average:

0.14%

3.98% relocated to other counties in Washington ($19,409 average AGI)
3.37% relocated to other states ($18,078 average AGI)
Thurston County:

3.37%
Washington average:

2.98%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Pierce County, WA  1.38% ($38,725 average AGI)
to King County, WA  0.85% ($38,214)
to Lewis County, WA  0.39% ($28,931)
to Mason County, WA  0.27% ($34,861)
to Grays Harbor County, WA  0.21% ($35,151)
to Clark County, WA  0.13% ($40,402)
to Snohomish County, WA  0.13% ($35,555)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.8
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 12.2

Births per 1000 population in Thurston County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 7.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Thurston County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.7

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Thurston County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 13.9%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.2%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Thurston County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Thurston County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Thurston County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Thurston County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Thurston County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Thurston County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 34,843 (28,838 aged, 6,005 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 3,692 (6%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Thurston County, Washington in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2,032)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1,898)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1,729)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,332)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,250)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (865)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (744)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (505)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (494)
  • Unspecified dementia (473)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.89
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9,658
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 188
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 33,580

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,113
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 742
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 53
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 103

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 9

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.3. This is less than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 135.6. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 77.9
  • Poisoning - 27.3
  • Suffocation - 21.4
  • Other - 9.1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 275,222
  • In family households: 225,770 (38,627 male householders, 32,227 female householders)
    57,607 spouses, 77,075 children (69,859 natural, 3,016 adopted, 4,200 stepchildren), 3,833 grandchildren, 1,699 brothers or sisters, 4,062 parents, 3,647 other relatives, 6,993 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 45,673 (14,127 male householders (10,302 living alone)), 20,882 female householders (17,866 living alone)), 10,664 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 3,779

Size of family households: 33,685 2-persons, 15,462 3-persons, 13,184 4-persons, 6,252 5-persons, 1,315 6-persons, 956 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 28,168 1-person, 5,654 2-persons, 548 3-persons, 639 4-persons.

42,587 married couples with children.
12,147 single-parent households (2,852 men, 9,295 women).

88.5% of residents of Thurston speak English at home.
4.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (62% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
1.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (82% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
4.7% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (49% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (53% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 12% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $2,459,358,000 ($10,946 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $147,431,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $732,060,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $181,651,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $21,728,000
Federal grants: $1,422,569,000
Federal procurement contracts: $24,747,000 ($10,128,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $76,604,000 ($10,701,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $17,460,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $248,309,000
Federal Government insurance: $85,984,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 13,381
Here:

58 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 8,757
Here:

38 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +1,837
Here:

+8 per 1000 residents
State:

+21 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +15,479
Here:

+68 per 1000 residents
State:

+13 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Thurston County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 24.82 millions of gallons per day (46% from ground, 54% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.1

Year house built in Thurston County, Washington Note: State values scaled to Thurston County population
  • 3,0822014 or later
  • 6,3592010 to 2013
  • 23,1202000 to 2009
  • 22,4021990 to 1999
  • 15,1451980 to 1989
  • 20,0041970 to 1979
  • 7,7301960 to 1969
  • 5,4591950 to 1959
  • 3,4211940 to 1949
  • 6,5921939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Thurston County, Washington
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Thurston County, Washington Note: State values scaled to Thurston County population
  • 2001 room
  • 3402 rooms
  • 1,6943 rooms
  • 6,5644 rooms
  • 11,2365 rooms
  • 15,8746 rooms
  • 12,0767 rooms
  • 8,4148 rooms
  • 10,3859+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Thurston County, Washington Note: State values scaled to Thurston County population
  • 1,2961 room
  • 2,5942 rooms
  • 6,3963 rooms
  • 10,0514 rooms
  • 7,5805 rooms
  • 6,2926 rooms
  • 2,3867 rooms
  • 1,9558 rooms
  • 5309+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Thurston County, Washington
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Thurston County, Washington Note: State values scaled to Thurston County population
  • 200no bedroom
  • 1,4951 bedroom
  • 11,8132 bedrooms
  • 37,0353 bedrooms
  • 13,7484 bedrooms
  • 2,4925+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Thurston County, Washington Note: State values scaled to Thurston County population
  • 1,579no bedroom
  • 8,8971 bedroom
  • 14,6872 bedrooms
  • 10,9443 bedrooms
  • 2,5374 bedrooms
  • 4365+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Thurston County, Washington in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Thurston County in owner-occupied houses/condos Note: State values scaled to Thurston County population
  • 823no vehicle
  • 13,0811 vehicle
  • 28,2202 vehicles
  • 15,2723 vehicles
  • 6,0864 vehicles
  • 3,3015+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Thurston County in renter-occupied apartments Note: State values scaled to Thurston County population
  • 4,200no vehicle
  • 18,4141 vehicle
  • 12,1782 vehicles
  • 3,2143 vehicles
  • 7424 vehicles
  • 3325+ vehicles

79.1% of Thurston County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 33% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 55% lived in Washington.

Thurston County:

79.1%
State average:

82.3%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 124,416
  • Other state: 121,434
  • Northeast: 14,426
  • Midwest: 24,893
  • South: 22,452
  • West: 59,663
Year Householders Moved Into Unit
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Thurston County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 43.5%Electricity
  • 41.6%Utility gas
  • 7.2%Wood
  • 6.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.7%Other fuel
  • 0.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.4%No fuel used
  • 0.1%Solar energy
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 73.7%Electricity
  • 18.9%Utility gas
  • 4.3%Wood
  • 2.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.4%No fuel used
  • 0.3%Other fuel
  • 0.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,328
Here:

5.0%
Washington:

10.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 606
Here:

4.5%
Washington:

7.5%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 3,084
Here:

21.7%
Washington:

16.4%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Thurston County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - General - Other: $6,489,000
    Regular Highways: $5,394,000
    Health - Other: $169,000
    Correctional Institutions: $87,000
    Financial Administration: $79,000
    Central Staff Services: $9,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $31,991,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,697,000
    General - Other: $13,363,000
    Correctional Institutions: $12,165,000
    Solid Waste Management: $11,736,000
    Police Protection: $11,238,000
    Regular Highways: $9,343,000
    Financial Administration: $5,645,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,108,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,809,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,103,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,450,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,272,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,005,000
    Sewerage: $259,000
    Local Fire Protection: $73,000
    Water Utilities: $58,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $22,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $1,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,500,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Solid Waste Management: $1,400,000
    General - Other: $1,198,000
    Parks and Recreation: $814,000
    Regular Highways: $671,000
    Central Staff Services: $441,000
    Housing and Community Development: $136,000
    Water Utilities: $107,000
    Police Protection: $43,000
    Health - Other: $26,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $5,000
    Sewerage: $2,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $62,867,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $186,000

Thurston County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $14,839,000
    All Other: $7,954,000
    Parks and Recreation: $661,000
    Sewerage: $523,000
    Housing and Community Development: $32,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $4,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $1,182,000
    Health and Hospitals: $49,000
    General Local Government Support: $27,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $11,775,000
    All Other: $2,783,000
    Highways: $518,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,735,000
    Special Assessments: $1,908,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,445,000
    Rents: $633,000
    Sale of Property: $535,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $269,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $46,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $230,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $13,644,000
    All Other: $12,709,000
    Highways: $5,306,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,449,000
    Public Welfare: $1,165,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,050,000
    Education: $67,000
  • Tax - Property: $52,321,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $16,699,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $5,952,000
    Other License: $3,281,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,314,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $1,061,000
    Severance: $815,000
    Other Selective Sales: $256,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $151,000
    Amusements Sales: $102,000

Thurston County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $57,843,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $57,396,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $26,694,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $26,247,000

Thurston County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $8,075,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $110,586,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $37,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 4,049
  • Number of aged recipients: 294
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 3,755
  • Number of recipients under 18: 572
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 2,864
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 613
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 1,182
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 2,042
Thurston County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians
Fatal accident count
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents
Fatal accidents involving drunken persons
Fatalities
Persons involved in fatal accidents
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents
Thurston County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians
Fatal accident count
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents
Fatal accidents involving drunken persons
Fatalities
Persons involved in fatal accidents
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 34 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,797$235,2841,249$227,9359,218$218,126428$115,97210$3,223,500595$184,961440$147,118
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED126$227,556142$204,739799$226,74163$60,1432$196,50064$192,67276$108,250
APPLICATIONS DENIED256$215,426253$216,3522,254$242,570171$84,1231$655,000187$190,599223$113,067
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN182$223,874168$258,0651,865$238,34280$155,7256$543,333121$189,47185$154,800
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS42$227,40542$207,738562$218,76722$118,4090$030$153,16724$144,583
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 33 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED195$264,836236$260,1612$300,5000$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED61$275,68998$267,2765$212,6000$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED35$285,54376$277,7110$03$264,333
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN14$278,42934$250,0000$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS4$179,2504$224,5002$207,0000$0
Conventional Home Purchase Loans
Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value
Most common first names in Thurston County, WA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John86175.1 years
Robert83272.4 years
William82575.7 years
James71970.3 years
Mary67779.5 years
George52177.9 years
Charles51776.0 years
Dorothy45179.1 years
Helen40281.9 years
Richard38571.0 years
Most common last names in Thurston County, WA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson39675.2 years
Smith36976.1 years
Anderson26377.4 years
Brown24575.3 years
Miller20975.3 years
Jones18975.5 years
Williams16975.9 years
Nelson15877.1 years
Davis14975.2 years
Taylor14075.9 years
Businesses in Thurston County, WA
NameCountNameCount
24 Hour Fitness1La Quinta1
7-Eleven3La-Z-Boy1
ALDO1Lane Bryant1
AT&T3Lane Furniture2
Ace Hardware3LensCrafters1
Aeropostale1Little Caesars Pizza1
Albertsons2Long John Silver's1
American Eagle Outfitters1Lowe's2
Ann Taylor1Macy's2
Applebee's2Marshalls1
Arby's3MasterBrand Cabinets13
AutoZone5Mazda1
Avenue1McDonald's10
Bally Total Fitness1Men's Wearhouse1
Barnes & Noble1Motel 61
Baskin-Robbins3New Balance4
Bath & Body Works1Nike6
Bed Bath & Beyond1Nissan1
Best Western2Office Depot2
Blockbuster4OfficeMax1
Budget Car Rental1Old Navy1
Burger King5Olive Garden1
Carl\s Jr.1Outback1
Catherines1Outback Steakhouse1
Charlotte Russe1Pac Sun1
Chevrolet1Panda Express3
Chico's1Panera Bread1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Papa John's Pizza1
Circle K1Payless2
Cold Stone Creamery1Penske1
Coldwater Creek1PetSmart1
Comfort Inn2Pier 1 Imports1
Costco2Pizza Hut3
Curves5Plato's Closet1
DHL3Quality2
Dairy Queen4Quiznos4
Decora Cabinetry2RadioShack5
Dennys1Ramada1
Discount Tire1Red Lobster1
Domino's Pizza3Red Robin1
Eddie Bauer1Rite Aid5
Extended Stay America1Safeway1
Famous Footwear2Sears2
Fashion Bug1Spencer Gifts1
FedEx29Sprint Nextel4
Firestone Complete Auto Care2Staples1
Foot Locker1Starbucks22
Ford1Subaru1
Forever 211Subway22
GNC6Super 81
GameStop3T-Mobile10
Gap1Taco Bell5
Goodwill4Talbots1
Gymboree1Target2
H&R Block9The Room Place1
Holiday Inn2Torrid1
Hollister Co.1Toyota1
Home Depot3Toys"R"Us1
Honda1Trader Joe's1
Hot Topic1True Value4
IHOP2U-Haul10
JCPenney1UPS33
Jack In The Box6Vans4
Jamba Juice3Verizon Wireless3
Jones New York4Victoria's Secret1
Journeys1Volkswagen1
Justice1Vons8
KFC4Walgreens3
Kmart1Walmart2
Kohl's1Wendy's2
Kroger5Wet Seal1
LA Fitness1YMCA3

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  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #31 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #63 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest average weight of females"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #86 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011"
  • #96 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"