Military Employment

  1. Joint-Base Lewis McChord
  2. Thurston County
SourceU.S. Bureau of the Census
Data TableMilitary Employment
ExplanationMilitary branches employ a significant number of Thurston County residents. The majority of these jobs occur at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The base employs more than 38,000 military personnel and 14,000 civilians, making it one of the top 5 employers in Washington in recent years (ahead of Microsoft, but behind Boeing).

Between 2011 and 2015, an average of about 4,000 resident active-duty military personnel lived in Thurston County, an increase from 1,979 people in 2000.
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