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Overview

Introduction to Tumwater, Washington

Tumwater, Washington is 21 miles SW of Lakewood, Washington (center to center) and 49 miles SW of Seattle, Washington. It is in Thurston county. The city is part of the Olympia metro area.

Tumwater History

Tumwater is the oldest American settlement in Puget Sound. Its original name was Bush Prairie. It was named after the earliest settler and founder, George Washington Bush, who had been a slave and later became a cattle rancher. The name Tumwater was taken from the Chinook phrase "tumtum chuck" which meant "waterfall." The area was incorporated in November 1875.

Tumwater and nearby Attractions

  • Barnes Lake
  • Deschutes River
  • Olympic Flight Museum
  • The Crosby House
  • The Henderson House
  • Old Town Center

Things To Do In Tumwater

The picturesque parks of the city are excellent places to relax or spend time with family and friends. They have shelters and picnic areas, basketball and volleyball courts, and fields for playing baseball, softball, and soccer. There are special play areas for small children as well. The city also has a few historic sites and museums that provide insight into the history of the area.

Tumwater Transportation

Olympia Airport is nearby.

Tumwater Higher Education

Evergreen State College, South Puget Sound Community College, and Pierce College offer courses for higher studies.

People

Total Population 18,478
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 14.4%
Employed Population 16+ 8,643
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 49.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $67,394
% Above Poverty Level 87.7%
% Below Poverty Level 12.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,011
Median House Value $214,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.1%
US/American 0%
English 12.1%
Irish 7.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Tumwater Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles SW of Lakewood, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles SW of Seattle, Washington
County Thurston
Standard Zip Codes 98501, 98512
P.O. Box Zip Codes 98511
Phone Area Codes 360
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.007
Longitude -122.908

Tumwater Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station OLYMPIA AP
Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 44 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 50 to 76 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 50.7 inches
Station OAKVILLE
Distance 19.5 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 47 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 51 to 77 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 57.3 inches
Station GRAPEVIEW 3 SW
Distance 20.3 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 45 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 53 to 74 F
Oct Temp 44 to 60 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Tumwater, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Boston Harbor (98501)

Maytown (98501)

Nisqually (98501)

Offutt Lake (98501)

Oly (98501)

Schneiders Prairie (98501)

South Bay (98501)

South Sound (98501)

Thompson Place (98501)

Union Mills (98501)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bucoda 622 $42,222
DuPont 9,054 $88,929
Lacey 44,825 $69,802
Olympia 48,941 $73,550
Rainier 2,219 $70,978
Tenino 1,915 $58,889

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Tumwater High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

TUMWATER HIGH SCHOOL
700 ISRAEL ROAD
360-709-7600
Serves 986 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.4

VOC SKILLS CENTER NEW MARKET
7299 NEW MARKET STREET
360-570-4500
A Vocational School
Serves 162 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

THURS CO JUV DEPT/TUMWATER WEST E
2801 32ND AVENUE SW
360-709-3198
Serves 54 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.8

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