City of Tumwater

Rural Area of Tumwater

The City of Tumwater, Washington is located south of the Olympia and the southern end of the Puget Sound. It is part of Thurston County.  The name of the town is based on the Chinook word for “waterfall”.

About Tumwater, Washington

The rural area of Tumwater sits next to the mouth of the Deschutes River and boasts views of the beautiful Deschutes Falls and Mount Rainier with access to the spectacular Olympic Mountains.   Tumwater is a 24 minute drive to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (19.47 miles). Tumwater’s population is approximately 19,190.

The city encompasses approximately 12 miles; and is packed with history.  Tumwater was founded in 1845 and is known as “Washington’s First Community.”  The median income for families is a little over $54,000.  The average house price is about $274,600.

School support for Tumwater is provided through the Tumwater School District.  It is located at 621 Linwood Ave SW, Tumwater, WA 98512.  The direct telephone number is (360) 709-7030.  This district covers 117 miles and is the third largest district in Thurston County with approximately 6,000 students.  The mission statement of the District is “Continuous Student Learning in a Caring, Engaging Environment.”  This district strives to create active participation between students, parents, teachers, businesses, nonprofits and the whole community.  Tumwater has six preschool through 12th grade schools:  Black Lake Elementary School, East Olympia Elementary School, Littlerock Elementary School, Michael T. Simmons Elementary School, Peter G Schmidt Elementary School, and Tumwater Hill Elementary School; two middle schools (7-8 grades):  George Washington Bush Middle School and Tumwater Middle School; two high schools (9-12 grades):  Tumwater High School and A. G. West Black Hills High School; and the “New Market Skills Center which offers career and technical education.  The curriculum has a rich mix of classes with emphasis on science, math, arts, foreign language, and career and technical education.

The district also offers and supports a great athletic curriculum. Adults can further their educational interests at South Sound Community College, Pierce College, St. Martin’s University or Evergreen State College.  The Tumwater Parks and Recreation offers excellent indoor and outdoor programs to citizens.  They include, but are not limited to:  landscaping classes, boating classes, rafting, swimming, tennis camps, track and field events, teen day trips and overnights, soccer camps, baseball and many more youth and adult activities.

Tumwater has nine parks where one can play, hike, fish and swim.  Overlook Point Park, 5th & Grant Pocket Park, Palermo Pocket Park, Jim Brown Park, Tumwater Hill Park, Historic Park, Pioneer Park, Barclift Park, and V Street Pocket Park.  Tumwater’s many historical sites help bring character and charm to the city.  These include Old Towne Center, Henderson House, Crosby House, Olympic Flight Museum, Barnes Lake, Deschutes River and Union Calvary Cemetery. There are a number of great golf courses in and near Tumwater.

Delphi Golf Course is located in the Black Hills area of Capital Forest.  The course is rated as one of the best for all levels of skill.  Tumwater Valley Municipal Golf is in Olympia.  It is an 18-hole regulation length golf course with a great driving range.  This golf course offers a newly remodeled sports bar and restaurant.   The River’s Edge’s cuisine is excellent and is a great place to have a romantic evening or banquet.  The Airport Golf Center has been newly remodeled and is under new management.  This once so-so nine hole course offers great fun for the whole family along with excellent pricing.  The views of Mount Rainier are spectacular.  There are several leagues available as well as golf lessons for all levels of skill.  They offer annual memberships with discounts given to the military.  Eagles Pride Golf Course is located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  It has been voted as one the top 10 best military courses and is open to the public.  This course features 27 holes in the summer and 18 holes in winter months; there is also a great driving range with 10 covered hitting areas. Eagles Pride Gold Course is one the of most beautiful courses in Washington state.  The green fees are very reasonable.

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Welcome to Tumwater, Washington


Latitude and Longitude – 47°0′28″N 122°54′40″W
Approximately 15 miles SW from JBLM


19,190 (2015 Census)

Housing costs

Apartment rental cost (median): $1,450/month
Home rental cost (median): $1,750/month
Home purchase price (median): $250,000

Public Safety

Law Enforcement

Tumwater Police Department
(360) 754-4200


St. Peter Hospital
(360) 491-9480


Water Service

City of Tumwater
(360) 754-4133

Electricity Service

Puget Sound Energy
(888) 225-5773

Natural Gas Service

Puget Sound Energy
(888) 225-5773

Waste and Recycling Service

Pacific Disposal
(360) 923-0111