Thurston County, Washington Population 2021

Thurston County, Washington's estimated population is 299,496 with a growth rate of 1.52% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Thurston County, Washington is the 7th largest county in Washington. The 2010 Population was 253,001 and has seen a growth of 18.38% since this time.

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021299,4964,4801.52%
2020295,0164,4801.54%
2019290,5364,4801.57%
2018286,0565,7872.06%
2017280,2696,5552.39%
2016273,7145,7362.14%
2015267,9783,0691.16%
2014264,9093,0571.17%
2013261,8523,3251.29%
2012258,5272,1410.84%
2011256,3863,3851.34%
2010253,00191,76356.91%
1990161,23836,97429.75%
1980124,26447,37061.60%
197076,89421,84539.68%
196055,04910,16522.65%
195044,8847,59920.38%
194037,2855,93418.93%
193031,3518,98540.17%
192022,3664,78527.22%
191017,5817,65477.10%
19009,9272522.60%
18909,6756,405195.87%
18803,2701,02445.59%
18702,24673949.04%
18601,5070.00%
2021 Growth Rate
1.52%
County Website
Founded
January 12, 1852
County Seat
2010 Population
253,001
Growth (since 2010)
18.38%
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Thurston County, Washington Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White227,95281.50%
Two or More Races16,9706.07%
Asian15,8325.66%
Black or African American8,8263.16%
Some Other Race4,0561.45%
American Indian and Alaska Native3,8101.36%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2,2650.81%
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Thurston County, Washington Population by Race

Thurston County, Washington Population Pyramid 2021

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Thurston County, Washington Median Age

39


Total

37.7


Male

40.4


Female

Thurston County, Washington Adults

There are 219,356 adults, (46,930 of whom are seniors) in Thurston County, Washington.

Thurston County, Washington Age Dependency

62.2

Age Dependency Ratio

27.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35

Child Dependency Ratio

Thurston County, Washington Sex Ratio

Female

142,856

51.07%

Male

136,855

48.93%

Thurston County, Washington Population by Age

Thurston County, Washington Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Thurston County, Washington Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79.6%20.4%
All65.4%34.6%
Male56.2%43.8%
Non Family51%49%
Female45.3%54.7%

65.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Thurston County, Washington Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All109,9832.5165.4
Married56,7573.0979.6
Non Family37,0171.3451
Female11,6063.1545.3
Male4,6033.2156.2

2.99

Average Family Size

2.51

Average Household Size

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Thurston County, Washington Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,0562.07%
9th to 12th Grade8,2394.20%
High School Graduate41,84221.31%
Some College50,78125.86%
Associates Degree21,32210.86%
Bachelors Degree42,92121.86%
Graduate Degree27,22113.86%
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Thurston County, Washington Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Thurston County, Washington Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White155,613148,56557,652
Hispanic13,24110,6143,571
Asian11,3039,6404,061
Multiple Races7,5497,1292,403
Black5,6445,3401,925
Other Race2,5411,812647
Native American2,3912,063502
Islander1,5061,411137

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.47%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 37.05%.

Thurston County, Washington Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$44,994$52,423$38,571
Less Than High School$27,922$31,669$20,443
High School Grad$33,800$41,923$26,728
Some College$40,900$50,489$34,828
Bachelors Degree$54,173$62,036$47,709
Graduate Degree$70,240$80,184$63,578

$44,994

Average Earnings

$52,423

Average Male

$38,571

Average Female

Thurston County, Washington Earnings by Educational Attainment

Thurston County, Washington Language by Age

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Thurston County, Washington Language

88.39% of Thurston County, Washington residents speak only English, while 11.61% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.63% of the population.

Thurston County, Washington Language

Thurston County, Washington Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White207,32418,9679.15%
Hispanic24,7364,28617.33%
Multiple16,6062,07812.51%
Asian15,6581,3478.60%
Black8,4551,17813.93%
Other4,02386321.45%
Native3,65582922.68%
Islander2,22037416.85%

10.38%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.61%

Male Poverty Rate

11.11%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Thurston County, Washington

The race most likely to be in poverty in Thurston County, Washington is Native, with 22.68% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Thurston County, Washington is Asian, with 8.60% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.75%. Among those working part-time, it was 14.64%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 16.52%.

Thurston County, Washington Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School22.55%
High School12.09%
Some College9.19%
Bachelors or Greater4.73%

Thurston County, Washington Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed28.63%
Female Unemployed26.77%
Female Employed6.54%
Male Employed4.96%

Thurston County, Washington Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Thurston County, Washington Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$72,003$87,696
Families$85,870$100,586
Married Families$96,282$112,657
Non Families$44,653$57,164
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Income by Household Type

Thurston County, Washington Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

52.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

54.5%

Male Marriage Rate

50.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Thurston County, Washington Married by Age and Sex

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Thurston County, Washington Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Thurston County, Washington Marital Status by Race

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Thurston County, Washington Marital Status

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28,830

Number of Veterans

24,743

Male Veterans

4,087

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam9,547
First Gulf War9,022
Second Gulf War8,799
Korea1,388
World War II710

Thurston County, Washington Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 548,563
65 to 746,736
55 to 645,569
75+4,798
18 to 343,164

Thurston County, Washington Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White24,71713.77%
Black1,74326.91%
Hispanic1,5669.88%
Asian9137.34%
2 or More7938.70%
Indian31711.30%
Hawaiian20611.46%
Other1414.48%

Thurston County, Washington Veterans by Race

Thurston County, Washington Veterans by Education

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5.15%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.68%

Veteran Disability Rate

Thurston County, Washington Veterans by Education

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62.5%

Labor Force Participation

56.8%

Employment Rate

6.4%

Unemployment Rate

Thurston County, Washington Employment by Age

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Thurston County, Washington Employment by Race

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Thurston County, Washington Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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46.32%

Born in Washington

91.89%

Native Born

8.11%

Foreign Born

3.22%

Non Citizen

4.89%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.89% of Thurston County, Washington residents were born in the United States, with 46.32% having been born in Washington. 3.22% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Thurston County, Washington Place of Birth

  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990

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