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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Housing
    C
  3. Nightlife
    A
  4. Good for Families
    B+
  5. Diversity
    B+
  6. Jobs
    B
  7. Weather
    C+
  8. Cost of Living
    D+
  9. Health & Fitness
    A+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A
  11. Commute
    B
Thurston County is located in Washington with a population of 274,684. In Thurston County, most residents own their homes. In Thurston County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Thurston County and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Thurston County are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$271,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,192
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    213.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    3
    6.1
  • Rape
    65.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    83.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    570.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,746.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    340.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

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Thurston County Reviews

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Thurston County, Washington is home to at least three major college towns: Olympia (capitol of Washington State), Lacey, & Tumwater. It also includes Yelm & Tenino. There are three colleges here: The Evergreen State College, South Puget Sound Community College, & St. Martin's University. They're all located in or very close to Olympia. Rent & housing is affordable even for busy students. There's plenty of diversity as the population of people of color & queer youth is abundant. It's a liberal place and the people are very active in political issues. Homelessness is present here but Olympia is trying to treat the problem. The food bank is one of the best I've been to as they provide those who need it with lots of quality food. There are lots of places students could work but, speaking as someone who is currently looking for summer work, there doesn't seem to be a lot of places hiring. Public transportation runs frequently & on time. I'd recommend living here to college students.
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Thurston County has a lot to offer when it comes to healthcare diversity and community colleges. Currently a student at South Puget Sound Community College and the students, staff, and faculty are relatively genuine in their kindness and hospitality when it comes to student success. With many areas being rural, there is more of nature to be appreciative for.

Though the rainy weather can be a bit awful when trying to commute to other places. Overall, this county is one that I have lived in majority of my life and don't plan on leaving it any time soon.
This area has been an all around great experience for us first time movers. Clean neighborhoods. Very convenient, easy access to main roads and highways via multiple routes. The city manages landscaping very well, and construction is done in a timely manner. The only thing I would change, is the city does not plow our neighborhood or surrounding when it snows. It was extremely difficult to get to work even days later when the snow subsided. Other than that, great place to live.