Yelm is a somewhat small city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 8,434 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Yelm is the 107th largest community in Washington. There's nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Yelm, you'll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Yelm, and putting down their money on brand new construction. Yelm’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation. Yelm does seem to be experiencing an influx of affluent people, because the median household income is $49,029.00.
Yelm is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Yelm is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Yelm who work in food service (15.30%), office and administrative support (11.42%), and healthcare (7.42%).
There are many members of the armed forces living in Yelm. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.
In Yelm, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.96 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
The citizens of Yelm are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.65% of adults in Yelm having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Yelm in 2010 was $18,838, which is low income relative to Washington, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $75,352 for a family of four. However, Yelm contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Yelm is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Yelm home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Yelm residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Yelm also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.69% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Yelm include Irish, English, Italian, and Swedish.
The most common language spoken in Yelm is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.