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 more than 38,000 military personnel and 15,000 civilians, making it one of the top five employers in Washington in recent years (ahead of Amazon and Microsoft, but behind Boeing).

Between 2015 and 2019, an average of about 4,105 active-duty military personnel lived in Thurston County - more than double the number in 2000.


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