Between 1994 and 2014, Thurston County jurisdictions have shown overall growth in taxable retail sales (when adjusted for inflation). Inflation-adjusted taxable retail sales peaked in 2007, before the recession. In 2015, sales were almost back to 2007 levels.
The northern portion of the county captured the majority of the taxable retail sales in 2015, with approximately 80% of the sales occurring in Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater. Olympia accounted for 43% of the total taxable retail sales in the county; Lacey accounted for 24%; and Tumwater accounted for 12%. Unincorporated portions of the county accounted for 15% of the taxable retail sales.
Olympia had the highest amount of taxable retail sales per capita ($38,555 per person), followed by Tumwater, Lacey, and Yelm. Bucoda had the lowest amount of taxable retail sales per capita ($2,144 per person) or nearly 5% of Olympia's total. The communities of Rainier and Tenino also fell below the county average.