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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Elma is a town in Washington with a population of 3,245. Elma is in Grays Harbor County. Living in Elma offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Elma there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Elma and residents tend to lean conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$172,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$740
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Elma Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    161.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    32.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    550.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,877.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    226.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    8%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Elma

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$49,632
National
$55,322
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Elma Reviews

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When it comes to Elma, the people along with the whole town, are so welcoming. The small town of roughly 3,500 shows great pride and care in its community. The town may be quite small, but never fails to show strength when compared to other towns in comparison. I have lived in Elma my whole life, you may have to travel a bit to see anything truly fascinating or to actually shop, but the town itself is just so amazing. Elma sits on a beautiful river called the Chehalis River, which is a perfect place for fishing, hiking, and sometimes swimming if safe. When in a small town like this, you get to know people quite well and have the opportunity to make great neighbors, or even great friends! When it also comes to safety, Elma is protected by former Elma Police Station, which not only provides care for its residents, but else where as well!
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I've grown up here my entire life. It's a small town, only one stoplight, and has a strong feeling of community. The schools have good teachers and administrators. There isn't a lot of diversity, however, and the town as a whole is less advanced in tolerance than the surrounding areas. It is improving, though. People care about the town and it's members. It is also a very safe area.
Elma is a nice enough town to look at but even most people you meet that live there want to move. Much like Aberdeen, Montesano and other towns that surround it, Elma is pretty much a hole.