Thurston County, Washington
|Thurston County, Washington|
Location in the state of Washington
Washington's location in the U.S.
|Founded||January 12, 1852|
|• Total||774 sq mi (2,005 km2)|
|• Land||727 sq mi (1,883 km2)|
|• Water||47 sq mi (122 km2), 6.03%|
|• Density||347/sq mi (133.9/km²)|
|Time zone||Pacific: UTC-8/-7|
Thurston County is a county located in the State of Washington. It is named after Samuel R. Thurston, the Oregon Territory's first delegate to Congress. As of the 2010 census, its population was 252,264. The county seat is at Olympia, the state capital and also the county's largest city.
Thurston County was created out of Lewis County by the government of Oregon Territory on January 12, 1852. At that time, it covered all of the Puget Sound region and the Olympic Peninsula. On December 22 of the same year, Pierce, King, Island, and Jefferson counties were split off from Thurston County.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 774 square miles (2,000 km2), of which 727 square miles (1,880 km2) is land and 47 square miles (120 km2) (6.03%) is water.
Major watersheds: Black River, Budd/Deschutes, Chehalis River, Eld Inlet, Henderson Inlet, Nisqually River, Skookumchuck River, Totten Inlet and West Capitol Forest.
- Pierce County, Washington - northeast
- Lewis County, Washington - south
- Grays Harbor County, Washington - west
- Mason County, Washington - north/northwest
||Mason County||Pierce County|
|Grays Harbor County|
National protected areas
As of the census of 2000, there were 207,355 people, 81,625 households and 54,933 families residing in the county. The population density was 285 per square mile (110/km²). There were 86,652 housing units at an average density of 119 per square mile (46/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 85.66% White, 2.35% Black or African American, 1.52% Native American, 4.41% Asian, 0.52% Pacific Islander, 1.69% from other races, and 3.85% from two or more races. 4.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 17.1% were of German, 10.2% English, 9.8% Irish, 6.9% United States or American and 5.5% Norwegian ancestry.
There were 81,625 households of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.10% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.70% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.99.
Age distribution was 25.30% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.70 males.
The median household income was $46,975, and the median family income was $55,027. Males had a median income of $40,521 versus $30,368 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,415. About 5.80% of families and 8.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 5.00% of those age 65 or over.
- The Olympian, founded in 1889, is the newspaper of record for Thurston County.
- The Weekly Volcano has covered Thurston County entertainment since 2001.
- United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
- Reinartz, Kay. "History of King County Government 1853–2002" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-12-29.
- United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved September 26, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved September 26, 2013.
- Newspapers: The Olympian, McClatchy Company, retrieved 2013-02-13
- Thurston County, official county site
- Thurton County Chamber of Commerce
- OlympiaCommunitySchool.org - Independent K-3 Education
- Thurston Conservation District - Local Solutions to Local Problems
- Thurston County Solid Waste - Waste prevention tips to become more green