The City of Yelm, is a vibrant and dynamic city, situated in south Thurston County – with picturesque views of Mt. Rainier from almost any location around the city. Yelm represents a very special place in Washington State with a fascinating mix of small-town pride and history. The Yelm area stands out among the most livable cities in Thurston County – highly attractive and affordable.
The quality of life remains as energizing and vital today as it was 150 years ago when settlers first arrived in the Nisqually Valley. Today, the Yelm area has grown with residents from around the world, creating a wonderful combination of culture and diversity.
Yelm offers safe neighborhoods, affordable housing, great schools, fabulous parks, family-oriented community celebrations, and a vast array of business, employment and volunteer opportunities. Because of the availability of retail goods and services, proximity to military installations and all major metropolitan areas of western Washington, Yelm has become the center of commerce for south Thurston and southeast Pierce Counties, with a daily market area of over 30,000 people.
To a large extent, Yelm acts as a bedroom community for residents working in the surrounding cities of Tacoma, Olympia, and Centralia. Yelm also hosts a large number of military families who are currently or were formerly stationed at nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Yelm Community Schools is a welcoming, safe, student-centered, and collaborative learning environment. In partnership with parents, students, and community leaders, YCS staff members are dedicated to helping all students meet performance expectations and achieve their full learning potential.
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Parks and Recreation
The City of Yelm maintains a robust park system available for the use and enjoyment of the entire community, including those residents of southeast Thurston County living outside Yelm. The Yelm-Tenino Trail, maintained by Thurston County, is a pedestrian and bicycle trail that connects Yelm with Rainier and Tenino. The trail connects in Rainier with the Chehalis Western Trail, also maintained by Thurston County, which connects Rainier with Lacey and Olympia. Yelm has extended the trail system with the Prairie Line trail, a pedestrian/bicycle path that takes you from Yelm Avenue to the Centralia Power Canal. Future extension of the trail will cross the Nisqually River into Roy.
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