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Thurston County, WA&

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2.11% growth
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Median Household Income
5.87% growth
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1.06% growth
Median Property Value
6.9% growth


The economy of Thurston County, WA employs 122,393 people. The economy of Thurston County, WA is specialized in Public Admin.; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing, which employ respectively 4.09; 1.76; and 1.54 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Thurston County, WA are Public Admin. (22,604), Healthcare & Social Assistance (16,766), and Retail trade (14,218), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($65,153), Utilities ($64,681), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($55,823).

Median household income in Thurston County, WA is $65,783. Males in Thurston County, WA have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,973. The income inequality of Thurston County, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Thurston County, WA. In Thurston County, WA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 25-34, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 95 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $7,330. Yakima County, WA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Washington.


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Thurston County, WA is home to a population of 275,222 people, from which 97.1% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Thurston County, WA is composed of 207,765 White residents (75.5%), 23,659 Hispanic residents (8.6%), 15,959 Asian residents (5.8%), 14,106 Two+ residents (5.13%), and 8,015 Black residents (2.91%). The most common foreign languages in Thurston County, WA are Spanish (10,763 speakers), Vietnamese (3,178 speakers), and Korean (2,299 speakers), but compared to other places, Thurston County, WA has a relative high number of Mon-Khmer, Cambodian (1,008 speakers), Other Pacific Island (1,192 speakers), and Vietnamese (3,178 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Thurston County, WA awarded 3,346 degrees. The student population of Thurston County, WA is skewed towards females, with 1,392 male students and 1,954 female students. Most students in Thurston County, WA are White (2,147 and 64.2%), followed by Unknown (280 and 8.37%), Two or more races (270 and 8.07%), and Hispanic or Latino (226 and 6.75%). The largest universities in Thurston County, WA by number of graduates are South Puget Sound Community College (1,583 and 47.3%), The Evergreen State College (1,179 and 35.2%), and Saint Martin's University (584 and 17.5%). The most popular majors in Thurston County, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (869 and 26%), Biological & Physical Sciences (189 and 5.65%), and General Business Administration & Management (99 and 2.96%). The median tuition costs in Thurston County, WA are $33,950 for private four year colleges, and $6,534 and $23,007 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Thurston County, WA is $261,700, which is 1.28 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $244,800 to $261,700, a 6.9% increase. The homeownership rate of Thurston County, WA is 63.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 63.1%. People in Thurston County, WA have an average commute time of 23.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Thurston County, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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