Introduction to Lacey, Washington

Lacey, Washington, in Thurston county, is 17 miles SW of Lakewood, Washington (center to center) and 45 miles SW of Seattle, Washington. The city is located in the Olympia metropolitan area. Lacey has a population of 31,226.

Lacey History

In the 1950s, the small settlements of Chamber's Creek and Woodland merged to form Lacey. The city was officially incorporated on December 5, 1966. During this time, the primary industries revolved around cattle, forest products, milk, and retail. Lacey gradually developed into a bedroom community. The first ever "indoor mall" in the Northwest was built in Lacey. Over time, many other industries flourished in this city. Lacey has been placed on the list of top seven most "green" cities in America, having been nicknamed "Tree City, USA". Lacey is also considered to be an Energy Efficient City.

Lacey and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Nisqually Historic Site
  • Lacey Museum
  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
  • Southwick Lake
  • Lacey Village Shopping Center
  • Market Square

Things To Do In Lacey

The Fort Nisqually Historic Site is near Lacey. One can also visit Hands On Children's Museum, Washington State Capital Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Job Carr Cabin Museum. Hicks Lake, Southwick Lake, and Chambers Lake are some of the beautiful bodies of water in the city. The banks of these lakes are popular tourist haunts. Lacey Village Shopping Center and Hawks Prairie Mall provide a range of entertainment facilities for visitors. In addition, Lacey also holds annual celebrations including the America's Dixieland Jazz Festival, Spring Fun Fair, and Thurston County Fair.

Lacey Transportation

Olympia Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Lacey Higher Education

Saint Martins College is the local institute of higher education. Other colleges nearby include Evergreen State College, South Puget Sound Community College, and Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom.


Total Population 44,825
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 15.3%
Employed Population 16+ 19,880
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 51.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.6%
Median Earnings25+ $40,988
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,727
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,459


Median Family Income $69,802
% Above Poverty Level 90.1%
% Below Poverty Level 9.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%


People Living Alone 29.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,110
Median House Value $223,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 10.1%
Irish 11.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lacey Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles SW of Lakewood, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 45 miles SW of Seattle, Washington
County Thurston
Standard Zip Codes 98503, 98506, 98513, 98516
P.O. Box Zip Codes 98509
Phone Area Codes 360
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.034
Longitude -122.821

Lacey Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 44 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 50 to 76 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 50.7 inches
Distance 18.5 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 45 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 53 to 74 F
Oct Temp 44 to 60 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches
Distance 23.9 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 47 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 51 to 77 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 57.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
DuPont 9,054 $88,929
Olympia 48,941 $73,550
Rainier 2,219 $70,978
Tenino 1,915 $58,889
Tumwater 18,478 $67,394
Yelm 7,701 $52,392

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lacey Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(360) 456-7575
Emergency Service: No

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Lacey High Schools

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Serves 1,446 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

Serves 1,315 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

Serves 1,157 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

5400 54TH AVE SE
A Non-traditional School
Serves 271 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

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