Military Employment

  1. Joint Base Lewis-McChord
  2. Thurston County

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Military branches employ a significant number of Thurston County residents. The majority of these jobs occur at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The base employs nearly 40,000 military personnel (including reserves) and 15,000 civilians, making it one of the largest employers in Washington.

For the 2017-2021 time period, an average of about 5,275 active-duty military personnel lived in Thurston County - more than double the number in 2000.


  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord
  • U.S. Census Bureau