Yelm, WA Demographics


Population (year 2000): 3,289. Estimated population in July 2005: 4,543 (+38.1% change)
Males: 1,544 (46.9%), Females: 1,745 (53.1%)

Thurston County

Zip code: 98597

Median resident age: 30.8 years
Median household income: $39,453 (year 2000)
Median house value: $117,400 (year 2000)

Races in Yelm:

  • White Non-Hispanic (83.3%)
  • Hispanic (5.4%)
  • Two or more races (5.4%)
  • American Indian (4.4%)
  • Black (1.8%)
  • Other race (1.6%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (1.2%)
  • Korean (0.7%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: German (20.9%), Irish (13.2%), English (9.0%), United States (8.2%), Norwegian (7.1%), French (4.0%).

Elevation: 340 feet

Land area: 5.6 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Yelm

  • High school or higher: 89.0%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 17.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.2%
  • Unemployed: 9.6%
  • Mean travel time to work: 29.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Yelm city

  • Never married: 25.4%
  • Now married: 52.0%
  • Separated: 2.1%
  • Widowed: 7.6%
  • Divorced: 12.9%

4.0% Foreign born (1.8% Europe, 1.2% Asia, 0.7% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: +1,319 (+67.0%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers near Yelm:

  • COLUMBIA CAPITAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 8 miles; OLYMPIA, WA)
  • ST PETER CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY CENTER (about 15 miles; LACEY, WA)
  • WESTERN STATE HOSPITAL (about 16 miles; TACOMA, WA)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Yelm:

  • GRAY AAF (about 10 miles; FORT LEWIS/TACOMA, WA; ID: GRF)
  • MCCHORD AFB (about 17 miles; TACOMA, WA; ID: TCM)
  • OLYMPIA (about 21 miles; OLYMPIA, WA; ID: OLM)
Other public-use airports nearest to Yelm:

  • WESTERN AIRPARK (about 5 miles; YELM, WA; ID: 92W)
  • AMERICAN LAKE (about 14 miles; TACOMA, WA; ID: W37)
  • HOSKINS FIELD (about 15 miles; OLYMPIA, WA; ID: 44T)
Amtrak station near Yelm:

  • 14 miles: OLYMPIA/LACEY (OLYMPIA, 6600 YELM HWY. S.E.). Services: fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Yelm:

  • PIERCE COLLEGE AT FORT STEILACOOM (about 16 miles; LAKEWOOD, WA; Full-time enrollment: 5,921)
  • CLOVER PARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE (about 17 miles; LAKEWOOD, WA; FT enrollment: 3,819)
  • TACOMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 22 miles; TACOMA, WA; FT enrollment: 3,710)
  • BATES TECHNICAL COLLEGE (about 24 miles; TACOMA, WA; FT enrollment: 3,710)
  • UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND (about 24 miles; TACOMA, WA; FT enrollment: 2,754)
  • EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE (about 27 miles; OLYMPIA, WA; FT enrollment: 3,749)
  • SOUTH PUGET SOUND COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 28 miles; OLYMPIA, WA; FT enrollment: 2,908)

Schools

Public high school in Yelm:

  • YELM EXTENSION SCHOOL (Students: 108; Location: 107 FIRST ST. N; Grades: 09 – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Yelm:

  • YELM HIGH SCHOOL 12 (Students: 1,447; Location: 1315 YELM AVE. W; Grades: 06 – 12)
  • YELM MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 774; Location: 402 YELM AVE. W; Grades: 07 – 08)
  • MILL POND INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (Students: 692; Location: 909 MILL RD. SE; Grades: 05 – 06)
  • YELM PRAIRIE ELEMENTARY (Students: 514; Location: 16535 110TH AVE. SE; Grades: KG – 04)
  • FORT STEVENS ELEMENTARY (Students: 453; Location: 16525 100TH WAY SE; Grades: KG – 04)
  • SOUTHWORTH ELEMENTARY (Students: 432; Location: 13849 YELM HWY SE; Grades: PK – 05)
Private primary/middle schools in Yelm:

  • OUR REDEEMER LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 60; Location: 805 YELM AVE E; Grades: PK – 8)
  • YELM CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 12; Location: P.O. BOX 5080; Grades: 1 – 8)