Tumwater, WA

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Tumwater, WA

About Tumwater, WA

Tumwater is an incorporated town sitting within Thurston County, Washington featuring plenty of attractions such as exploring its multiple parks ideal for enjoying a picnic or taking part in various sports activities plus nearby Tolmie State Park provides amazing views close by. Additionally there are several locally owned stores and eateries providing unique items or delicious cuisine great for any budget during their stay here! Capital city - West-central Washington at the south end of Puget Sound.

Location Details

State: Washington
County: Thurston County
Metro Area: Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Metro Area
City: Tumwater
Zip Codes: 98512
Cost of Living:
Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 100 ft above sea level
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Olympia is one of the more attractive capital cities in the United States. While there is heavy industry to the north toward Tacoma, Olympia is a clean, mid-sized capital city with a distinctively Pacific Northwest small-town feel. Outdoor recreational opportunities are abundant; Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and the Washington coast are all within a day’s drive. Excellent city amenities and services are available in Seattle, although traffic can make the drive challenging.

The population is highly educated and most of the area has a well-kept appearance. The clean, quiet downtown waterfront is well-used and inner neighborhoods are livable. As with much of the Northwest, large, unattractive expanses of residential sprawl aren’t found; most residential areas feature individual homes or small single street developments set among the woods. The small, progressive Evergreen State College adds a college presence, and there is abundant local music and entertainment.

Employment is a bit of a challenge but current trends and projections are strong. There are two military installations just north of town; and many commute north towards Tacoma or Seattle. The area’s lush greenery owes its existence to the marine climate, which brings a downside- the area is the sixth cloudiest city in the nation and one of the rainiest. Nearby hydroelectric power brings some of the lowest utility costs in the country.

Local terrain is hilly and wooded with tall coniferous trees and low mountains to the west, high mountains (the Cascades) to the east, and gradually flattening forest and farmland to the south and east. The marine climate is characterized by mild, generally dry summers and wet, mild winters. Autumn rains from frequent Pacific weather systems usually begin about mid-October. Rains continue with few interruptions through spring. Pacific storms can be strong but the Coast Range moderates winds. Summer highs are a comfortable 70 to 80 degrees with clear skies 2 out of every 3 days. Winter daytime temperatures are in the 40’s and low 50’s with nighttime temperatures in the 30’s. Occasional blasts of Canadian air drop temperatures into the 10’s and 20’s. Snow accumulations sufficient to disrupt traffic occur infrequently. There is some fog, mainly in spring and fall.

Tumwater Cost of Living

Attractive setting, nearby national parks, and educated population make Tumwater a great place to live.

+24.5% higher than avg
+11.3% higher than avg
$1,130 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-1.6% lower than avg
Tumwater Crime
52.1 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Tumwater
   Attractive setting
Cloudy, wet winters
   Nearby national parks
Cost of living
   Educated population
Narrow job base
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Tumwater is so beautiful, my commute to work in Olympia is about 15 minutes no traffic whatsoever! My kids both attend top rated schools, I lived in Bellevue for 8  More

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