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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population21,684
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens14.4%
Employed Population 16+10,630
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married50.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher34.3%
Median Earnings25+$46,062
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,051
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,313

Wealth

Median Family Income$74,276
% Above Poverty Level91.4%
% Below Poverty Level8.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2%
% Using Public Transportation2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone33%
Median Gross Rent$1,031
Median House Value$224,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25.6%
English11.4%
Irish9.6%
Norwegian6.5%
Scottish5%
Italian5%
Swedish4.4%
Polish3.7%
French Except Basque3.1%
Welsh1.4%
Dutch1.3%
Greek1.2%
Russian1%
African0.9%
Canadian0.8%
Finnish0.7%
Austrian0.5%
Croatian0.4%
Czech0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Nigerian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Hungarian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Icelander0.1%
German0.1%
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Tumwater Almanac

CategoryValue
County Thurston County
Standard Zip Codes98501, 98512
P.O. Box Zip Codes98511
Phone Area Codes360
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude46.95
Approximate Longitude-123.03

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)

StationOLYMPIA AP
Distance2.9 miles
Jan Temp32 to 44 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp50 to 76 F
Oct Temp39 to 60 F
Annual Precip50.7 inches
StationOAKVILLE
Distance19.5 miles
Jan Temp33 to 47 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp51 to 77 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip57.3 inches
StationGRAPEVIEW 3 SW
Distance20.3 miles
Jan Temp34 to 45 F
Apr Temp40 to 59 F
Jul Temp53 to 74 F
Oct Temp44 to 60 F
Annual Precip53.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bucoda593$42,188
DuPont9,224$82,625
Lacey45,644$70,051
Olympia49,608$75,191
Rainier2,138$68,403
Tenino1,744$55,795

Tumwater Public Libraries

Timberland Regional Library
415 TUMWATER BLVD. SW
Tumwater, Washington
(360) 943-5001

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Tumwater Public Schools

New Market High School
7299 New Market Street Sw
ZIP: 98501
(360) 570-4500
High
Total Enrollment 71
New Market Skills Center
7299 New Market Street Sw
ZIP: 98501
(360) 570-4500
High
Total Enrollment 1
Peter G Schmidt Elementary
225 Dennis St Se
ZIP: 98501
(360) 709-7200
Primary
Total Enrollment 527
Tumwater High School
700 Israel Road
ZIP: 98501
(360) 709-7600
High
Total Enrollment 1177
A G West Black Hills High School
7741 Littlerock Road Sw
ZIP: 98512
(360) 709-7800
High
Total Enrollment 867
George Washington Bush Middle Sch
2120 83rd Avenue Sw
ZIP: 98512
(360) 709-7400
Middle
Total Enrollment 539
Gravity High School
6005 Tyee Dr. Sw
ZIP: 98512
(360) 426-1200
High
Total Enrollment 326
Michael T Simmons Elementary
1205 S 2nd Avenue
ZIP: 98512
(360) 709-7100
Primary
Total Enrollment 684
Thurs Co Juv Det/tumwater West E
2801 32nd Avenue Sw
ZIP: 98512
(360) 709-3198
Other
Total Enrollment 20
Tumwater Hill Elementary
3120 Ridgeview St Sw
ZIP: 98512
(360) 709-7300
Primary
Total Enrollment 458
Tumwater Middle School
6335 Littlerock Road Sw
ZIP: 98512
(360) 709-7500
Middle
Total Enrollment 453

Tumwater Private Schools

Serendipity Children's Center
4015 Tumwater Valley Dr Se
ZIP: 98501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 35
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