The City of Yelm, is a vibrant and dynamic city, situated in south Thurston County - with picturesque views of Mount Rainier from almost any location around the city. Yelm represents a very special place in Washington State with a fascinating mix of small-town pride and history. The Yelm area stands out among the most livable cities in Thurston County attributed to the highly attractive landscape, proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and affordability. The quality of life remains as energized and vital today as it did 150 years ago when settlers first arrived in the Nisqually Valley. Since that time, the Yelm area has grown with residents from around the world, creating a wonderful combination of culture and diversity.