Message From Mayor JW Foster
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.  

Adjacent to the Yelm-Tenino trail system, Yelm City Park provides for a host of community celebrations including Prairie Days, Christmas in the Park and one of the largest Arbor Day celebrations in the state, honoring Yelm’s 16 year status as a Tree City USA.





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