Lacey is a city in Thurston County, Washington State. Established as a suburb of Olympia, its population was 42,393 at the 2010 census. The median sale price of homes in Lacey in Nov 2014 was $231,000, according to the NWMLS. Lacey is a commuter town for Olympia, Joint Base Lewis McCord (JBLM) and to some extent, Tacoma
Situated on the southern tip of Puget Sound in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, just west of Joint Base Lewis McCord (JBLM), Lacey lies in the center of a natural paradise. Five freshwater lakes within the city, miles of hiking and biking paths, several championship golf courses, more than 1,100 acres of public parkland, and the adjoining 3,700-acre Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge provide residents with virtually unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. Visit our Parks and Recreation Department to learn more. Clean air, clean water, outstanding schools, healthy economy, and close proximity to major metropolitan areas makes Lacey one of the most desirable places in the country in which to live.
Lacey was originally called Woodland after settlers Isaac and Catherine Wood, who claimed land there in 1853. The small settlements of Woodland and Chambers Prairie consolidated into Lacey in the 1950s. By 1891, the town of Woodland had a large enough population to apply for a post office. The request was denied because there was already a town called Woodland on the Columbia River. The name Lacey was chosen for the new post office application, presumably after O. C. Lacey, the local Justice of the Peace. The city of Lacey was not officially incorporated until December 5, 1966.