Between 1994 and 2014, Thurston County jurisdictions have shown overall growth in taxable retail sales (when adjusted for inflation). Total taxable retail sales peaked in 2007, before the recession. In 2014, taxable retail sales were almost back to 2007 levels, mainly due to growth in the rural unincorporated County.
The northern portion of the county captured the majority of the taxable retail sales in 2014, with approximately 79% of the sales occurring in Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater. Olympia accounted for 44% of the total taxable retail sales in the county; Lacey accounted for 23%; and Tumwater accounted for 12%. Unincorporated portions of the county accounted for nearly 16% of the taxable retail sales.
Olympia had the highest amount of taxable retail sales per capita ($37,115 per person), followed by Tumwater, Yelm, and Lacey. Bucoda had the lowest amount of taxable retail sales per capita, $2,990 per person or nearly 8% of Olympia's total. The communities of Rainier and Tenino also fell below the county average.