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Lacey, Washington
—  City  —
located at 47°1′35″N 122°48′26″W / 47.02639°N 122.80722°W / 47.02639; -122.80722 (47.026368, -122.807170)[1]
Coordinates: 47°1′35″N 122°48′26″W / 47.02639°N 122.80722°W / 47.02639; -122.80722Coordinates: 47°1′35″N 122°48′26″W / 47.02639°N 122.80722°W / 47.02639; -122.80722
Country United States
State Washington
County Thurston
Incorporated (city) December 5, 1966
 - Mayor Tom Nelson[2]
 - Deputy Mayor Virgil Clarkson
 - City Council Jason Hearn
Mary Dean
Cynthia Pratt
Andy Ryder
Ron Lawson
 - City Manager Greg Cuoio
 - Total 17.4 sq mi (42.3 km2)
 - Land 15.9 sq mi (41.3 km2)
 - Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Elevation 203 ft (62 m)
Population (2009)
 - Total 39,250
 Density 3,339.8/sq mi (1,298.9/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Zip Code
Area code(s) 360
FIPS code 53-36745[3]
GNIS feature ID 1512362[4]
Website [1]

Lacey is a city in Thurston County, Washington, United States. Established as a suburb of Olympia, Lacey's estimated population as of 2009 was 39,250, as compared to 43,900 for Olympia. Thurston County, which includes the cities of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater, has a population of 239,355 as of the 2009 census.[5]



Lacey was originally called Woodland after settlers Isaac and Catherine Wood, who claimed land there in 1853.[6] The small settlements of Woodland and Chambers Creek consolidated into Lacey in the 1950s. Renamed for attorney and developer O.C. Lacey, the city of Lacey was officially incorporated on December 5, 1966. At the time, the main industries were cattle, milk, forest products, and retail. Lacey became a commuter town for Olympia and to some extent, Tacoma; in recent years, however, business developments, community groups, and population growth have led Lacey to develop into a city in its own right.


Lacey sported one of the Northwest's first ever "indoor malls," South Sound Center. It has since been partially demolished and turned into an outdoor shopping center. Lacey now features a diverse array of businesses, ranging from retail to warehousing/distribution centers, a large retirement community, a major mushroom farm, and Weyerhaeuser's corrugated container facility.

As Lacey continues to grow, many businesses continue to feed into the city. Lacey now offers a Regal 16 Movie Theater, which is one of the largest theaters in the area. Other businesses that have recently come into Lacey include a state of the art laser tag and arcade center; Laser Fun Zone. LA Fitness, Best Buy, Costco, The Home Depot, Lowe's, and many strip malls and market squares. There is also speculation that NFL Washington Redskins Fullback Mike Sellers, a North Thurston High School alumni, may seek to build a multi-sport event center or football dome in Hawks Prairie, which could attract national competitions.[citation needed]

Gateway Project

Lacey is also experiencing a building boom on its northern border. The area known as Hawks Prairie has recently exploded with commercial and residential development. It is currently the site of a planned "commercial" core and high-rise district: the "Gateway Project" started in October 2007, when the major sports & outdoor store Cabela's was built in the Hawks Prairie District.[7] This is the first of several new developments planned in this area. According to Lacey's former mayor Virgil Clarkson, "At build-out, we expect the 400-acre Gateway project to yield $57 million in state and local tax revenue annually and create 8,000 new jobs." [7] The Gateway Project is being built along I-5 Southbound. The Gateway Project is expected to create a downtown area for Lacey, complete with three residential towers in the northernmost border of the project which will potentially reach a height of thirty stories each, and which will feature retail and office space on the lower floors, with residential, high-class condos in the upper floors.[citation needed] In addition, another library is being planned, as is a performing arts center, a new fire station, and a fitness center as well. Several plazas, strip malls, and commercial buildings may also be constructed in this region. Furthermore, a farmers' market will likely established in this district. Also, it is expected that 7,000 housing units will be built when the project is completed in 2020, increasing the population of Lacey by around 20,000 people, and potentially making it the largest city in the South Puget Sound area.[citation needed] Also, the Gateway Project will be built with the highest possible "green" approval rating handed out by the NEA, causing the Gateway Project to have a minor carbon footprint. 10% of the 250 acres that are being developed will be open, green spaces; such as parks, ponds, and trails.[citation needed]


Lacey was the twelfth city to be designated an official “Green Power Community” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its use of renewable energy sources; 5% of its total energy use comes from green power sources.[8] It is working to meet its Alternative Energy Initiative, which includes "using 100 percent green electrical energy in all of its municipal buildings, parks, utilities, and 3,000 streetlights and traffic signals; providing electric vehicle charging stations to visitors and employees at its city hall and library campus; and initiating conversion of its municipal fleet to energy efficient vehicles powered by electricity, hybrid technology, and 80/20 biofuel."[9] In 2009, Lacey's Alternative Energy Fair was honored with the Award of Excellence for Events, Fairs, and Festivals by the Washington Recreation and Park Association.[9] Lacey has received the "Tree City, USA" designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation for the past eighteen years[10].


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.3 square miles (42.3 km²), of which, 15.9 square miles (41.3 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (2.27%) is water.


As of the census of 2009, there were 39,250 people, 16,459 households, and 10,148 families residing in the city.[5] The population density was 2,557.8 people per square mile (755.9/km²). There were 16,160 housing units at an average density of 825.1/sq mi (318.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.19% White, 5.77% African American, 2.33% Native American, 8.76% Asian, 1.06% Pacific Islander, 2.16% from other races, and 4.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.90% of the population.

There were 12,459 households out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,848, and the median income for a family was $54,923. Males had a median income of $41,053 versus $32,497 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,224. About 7.1% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.


In addition to being the home of many public and private schools, Lacey is also home to Saint Martin's University, and Thurston County's largest school district, North Thurston Public Schools. Lacey is also home to various faith based schools, such as Faith Lutheran (Elementary to Middle School) and Foundation Campus, which includes Community Christian Academy (Pre-school to Middle School) and Northwest Christian High School. Lacey will also be the home for the future Pope John Paul II High School. In addition, a new magnet middle school Aspire School will be completed by Fall 2009, and will focus on the performing arts, as well as offering a 7 period schedule. Timberline High School ranked in the top 4.6% of all schools in America.


Public Secondary Schools

Sister city

Lacey has a sister city in Poland, Mińsk Mazowiecki.[11]


  • USA Soccer Goalkeeper Kasey Keller grew up on an egg farm in Lacey; graduating from North Thurston High School in 1988. A street that is adjacent to the high school is named after him.
  • The band Sleater-Kinney takes their name from a major street in the city.
  • Governor Christine Gregoire lives with her husband in the city west of Lacey.
  • NFL Carolina Panthers Running Back Jonathan Stewart graduated from Timberline High School in 2005. He attended The University of Oregon, and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 2008 NFL Draft. He was the 13th overall pick in the draft.
  • NFL Washington Redskins Pro Bowl Fullback Mike Sellers graduated from North Thurston High School, and returns to Lacey in the off-season.
  • NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tight End Jerramy Stevens graduated from River Ridge High School. He was selected as the 28th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.

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