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. Yelm has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Yelm, where the median household income is $49,029.00.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Yelm is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 quite a few people in the armed forces living in Yelm, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
One downside of living in Yelm, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.96 minutes every day commuting to work.
The population of Yelm overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Yelm, 21.65% have at least a bachelor's 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.