Tumwater is a city in Thurston County, Washington, United States. It lies near where the Deschutes River enters Budd Inlet, the southernmost point of Puget Sound. The population was 17,371 at the 2010 census. Thurston County, which includes, among others, the cities of Lacey and Olympia, has a population of 252,264.
Tumwater was originally called "New Market", and under the latter name was platted in 1845. The present name is derived from the Chinook language meaning "waterfall". A post office called Tumwater was established in 1863. The city incorporated in 1875.
Tumwater is located at 47°0′28″N 122°54′40″W (47.007768, -122.911074). The city that borders Tumwater is Olympia.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.49 square miles (37.53 km²), of which, 14.32 square miles (37.09 km²) is land and 0.17 square miles (0.44 km²) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 17,371 people, 7,566 households, and 4,460 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,213.1 inhabitants per square mile (468.4/km²). There were 8,064 housing units at an average density of 563.1 per square mile (217.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.0% White, 1.7% African American, 1.2% Native American, 4.8% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 5.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.2% of the population.
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