Who We Are & How We Move

Demographics in Transportation

The population is growing and lifestyles are changing. Four trends are emerging among youth, seniors, soldiers and commuters. How do their travel choices affect you?


1 in 5 Thurston County residents will be 65 or older in 2035. Getting around safely will remain critical for both the frisky and frail. Some folks plan to age in place, but others will seek out smaller housing with easy access to goods, services and active transportation options.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)


  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is the state’s third-largest employer, with about 50,000 active duty military personnel, contractors and civilians.
  • 25% of JBLM’s service members live in Thurston County. Most are married with children, and want to live in single-family homes.
  • About 150,000 daily trips move through JBLM’s gates.


Millenials — generally, people
born between about 1980 and 2000 —
are marrying and having children later
and less often. This large
and influential demographic group seeks a
more walkable, urban lifestyle
than our largely suburban region offers today.

StudentYoung Drivers

The number of teens and twentysomethings with a driver’s license has dropped dramatically during the past 30 years.

The Commute

Why commute between here and Tacoma or Seattle? Great lifestyle here. More jobs and higher pay there.

Outbound commuters brings back their paychecks to the local economy and cars to the regional roads. I-5 Congestion isn’t going away in the near future. The challenge is how we manage it today.

The bottom line

A community that works for seniors and young people works for everyone.

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