Yelm is a small but growing suburb in Thurston County located east of Lacey. It is located in the Yelm School District. It has easy access to shopping, a movie theater, and features Cochrane Memorial Park, Longmire Community Park, and Yelm Prairie Line Trail. Yelm has an extensive community that offers many events year round and considers themselves the pride of the prairie. Yelm is 35 minutes away from JBLM and 20 minutes away from I-5.