Fort Lewis / Lacey Real Estate
About Lacey Washington
Lacey Washington was originally called Woodland after settlers Isaac and Catherine Wood, who claimed land there in 1853. The small settlements of Woodland and Chambers Creek consolidated into Lacey WA 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 was officially incorporated on December 5, 1966. At the time, the main industries were cattle, milk, forest products, and retail. Lacey became a "bedroom" community for Olympia and to some extent Tacoma. The city is perceived as a slower paced community with its best characteristics being in close proximity to many lakes and forests as well as being close to the beautiful Nisqually Valley.
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. When the Lacey Plywood Mill shut down, Lacey took on the challenges of being a place to invest in. Lacey now flourishes with retail, warehousing/distribution centers, a large retirement community, a major mushroom farm, and Weyerhaeuser's corrugated container facility.
Located in Thurston County, Lacey has proven itself as a great place to live and do business. At the relatively young age of 40, Lacey has transitioned from a small town to the state's 28th largest community. Today, no fewer than 33,000 residents call Lacey their home.
Outstanding services and support from the City of Lacey are some of the benefits enjoyed by local businesses and residents. From streamlined building permit services to the Business Roundtable, and from the Lacey Spring Fun Fair to the Lacey Senior Center, the City of Lacey is a proactive, service oriented, cost conscious local government, and an effective partner with the Lacey Chamber in the growth and development in the Lacey community.
Lacey became a commuter town for Olympia and to some extent, Tacoma; in recent years, however, business developments, community groups,
Lacey Population in July 2008: 40,702. Population change since 2000: +30.3%
Zip codes: 98503, 98509.
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