A+ Tumwater Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D- Tumwater Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% lower than Washington
11212% more expensive than the US average
11616% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Tumwater cost of living
C- Tumwater Crime Total crime is 3% higher than Washington
Total crime
3,36330% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3030% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-29%Year over year crime is down
Tumwater crime
C Tumwater Employment Household income is 1% lower than Washington
Median household income
$62,05012% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$31,5476% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%14% lower than the US average
Tumwater employment
B- Tumwater Housing Home value is 16% lower than Washington
Median home value
$224,90022% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,0319% higher than the US average
Home ownership
56%12% lower than the US average
Tumwater real estate or Tumwater rentals
C- Tumwater Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Washington
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
48%2% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:19% higher than the US average
Tumwater K-12 schools

Living in Tumwater, WA

Located in the state of Washington, Tumwater is a mid-sized city with a population of 21,684 inhabitants. According to the most recent Census, 83% of Tumwater residents are White, 4% Black and 4% Asian. 75% of the people in Tumwater (over the age of 15) are married and 63% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Whether you’re relocating to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Tumwater could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Washington if you know where to look. The best areas in Tumwater and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Washington and national averages.

Tumwater, WA receives 69 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #198 in Washington and #11,985 in the USA. Based on the scores for each individual category, Tumwater has received high marks for amenities (A+) and housing (B-). Tumwater does not do well for the following: crime (F) and cost of living (D-). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Tumwater, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Tumwater is actually affordable. The median home price for Tumwater homes is $224,900, which is 16.5% lower than the Washington average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Tumwater, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.6, which is 16.3% lower than the Washington average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Tumwater area were 9.5% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6.7%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Tumwater, WA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Tumwater, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Capitol, Olympia802.9759
Eastside, Olympia794.22,184
East Bay Drive, Olympia795124
Cain Road, Olympia783.31,331
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Indian Creek, Olympia773.9509
North East, Olympia775.32,795
Upper Eastside, Olympia764.9748
Bigelow Highlands, Olympia754.6979

Best Cities Near Tumwater, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Canterwood, WA7830.73,409
University Place, WA7623.632,342
Fircrest, WA7625.56,660
Montesano, WA75323,897
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Ruston, WA7428.9969
Wollochet, WA74266,386
Alder, WA743434
Edgewood, WA7434.49,862

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Tumwater, WA- A Sleepy Bedroom Community

I loved living in Tumwater, WA when I was going to school. It was a very short drive from Olympia, a big college town. It also has a very large native american population because the tribe land is there, with the casino.

The town of Tumwater is mostly neighborhoods and local restaurants. There is great food and local farmer's and fish markets. With a quick drive, you can easily get to Olympia where there are colleges, stores, the mall, night life, and cute little local shops downtown or on the waterfront.

Tumwater is a great little town when you would prefer to live in the suburbs but want the city close by. The only train station in the area is also in Tumwater which can take you to Portland or to Seattle within a couple hours.

Tumwater is a sleepy little town that celebrates holidays with children's parades and the businesses participate in trick-or-treating or Easter events. It's a great place to raise a family, or have an affordable off-campus apartment while attending college.
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