Rainier, WA Population

Population: 1,492. Estimated population in July 2020: 1,649 (+10.5% change)
Males: 740 (49.6%), Females: 752 (50.4%)

Thurston County

Zip code: 98576

Median resident age: 34.0 years
Median household income: $42,955
Median house value: $113,500

Races in Rainier:

  • White Non-Hispanic (90.2%)
  • Hispanic (3.9%)
  • American Indian (3.9%)
  • Two or more races (3.3%)
  • Other race (0.8%)
  • Black (0.5%)

Ancestries: German (13.9%), Irish (11.8%), English (10.0%), United States (8.6%), French (5.7%), Swedish (2.9%).

Elevation: 428 feet

Land area: 1.6 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Rainier

  • High school or higher: 85.5%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 12.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.5%
  • Unemployed: 7.8%
  • Mean travel time to work: 33.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Rainier town

  • Never married: 24.9%
  • Now married: 56.8%
  • Separated: 1.6%
  • Widowed: 4.3%
  • Divorced: 12.4%

3.2% Foreign born (1.7% Europe, 1.2% Asia).

Population change in the 1990s: +497 (+49.9%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers near Rainier:

  • COLUMBIA CAPITAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 7 miles; OLYMPIA, WA)
  • ST PETER CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY CENTER (about 13 miles; LACEY, WA)
  • PROVIDENCE ST PETER HOSPITAL (about 18 miles; OLYMPIA, WA)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Rainier:

  • GRAY AAF (about 15 miles; FORT LEWIS/TACOMA, WA; Abbreviation: GRF)
  • OLYMPIA (about 16 miles; OLYMPIA, WA; Abbreviation: OLM)
  • MCCHORD AFB (about 23 miles; TACOMA, WA; Abbreviation: TCM)
Other public-use airports nearest to Rainier:

  • WESTERN AIRPARK (about 10 miles; YELM, WA; Abbreviation: 92W)
  • HOSKINS FIELD (about 11 miles; OLYMPIA, WA; Abbreviation: 44T)
  • AMERICAN LAKE (about 20 miles; TACOMA, WA; Abbreviation: W37)
Amtrak station near Rainier:

  • 11 miles: OLYMPIA/LACEY (OLYMPIA, 6600 YELM HWY. S.E.). Services: fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rainier:

  • PIERCE COLLEGE AT FORT STEILACOOM (about 21 miles; LAKEWOOD, WA; Full-time enrollment: 5,921)
  • SOUTH PUGET SOUND COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 23 miles; OLYMPIA, WA; Full-time enrollment: 2,908)
  • CLOVER PARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE (about 23 miles; LAKEWOOD, WA; Full-time enrollment: 3,819)
  • EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE (about 24 miles; OLYMPIA, WA; Full-time enrollment: 3,749)
  • TACOMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 27 miles; TACOMA, WA; Full-time enrollment: 3,710)
  • BATES TECHNICAL COLLEGE (about 30 miles; TACOMA, WA; Full-time enrollment: 3,710)
  • UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND (about 30 miles; TACOMA, WA; Full-time enrollment: 2,754)

Schools

Public high school in Rainier:

  • RAINIER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 310; Location: 308 2ND ST W; Grades: 09 – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Rainier:

  • RAINIER PRIMARY SCHOOL (Students: 436; Location: 600 W 3RD; Grades: KG – 06)
  • RAINIER MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 155; Location: 202 2ND ST. W; Grades: 07 – 08)