Best LocationAt the junction of Interstate 5 and Highway 101, Tumwater is the southern gateway to Puget Sound's mega-metropolitan region spanning from Thurston County, through Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties, and including neighboring cities of Olympia and Lacey. Just 20 minutes from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), ranked sixth largest military base in the nation, contributing to economic activity throughout the region.
Best Access and VisibilityFive miles of frontage on Interstate 5, with six on/off access ramps. Tumwater is adjacent to and encompasses many Port of Olympia properties, including the Olympia Regional Airport and New Market Industrial Campus, facilitating freight transportation and storage options.
Best Place to Raise a Family
Safe Neighborhoods — Tumwater boasts the lowest overall crime rate in the county (2011). Policing programs strategically target crime and bring officers into the community—where it counts.
Quality Schools — Students of Tumwater Schools consistently out-perform their peers in standardized tests and our local schools boast awards for innovation and excellence in education.
Clean Water — Award-winning drinking water (determined in a national taste test) and the brewing tradition (since 1906) are celebrated by the Tumwater community.
Recreation — Experience the beauty of the Northwest in Tumwater and its surrounding communities. Hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, and many outdoor recreation opportunities are available here, or within a short distance. Explore arts and culture in the community or head north to Seattle or south to Portland for an urban experience.