Living in Lacey, Washington
Lacey is a suburb located north of the state capitol, Olympia, in Washington’s Thurston County. The city was home to 42,393 of the county’s nearly 253,000 residents as of the 2010 U.S. Census.
Lacey was originally called Woodland after settlers Isaac and Catherine Wood, who staked their claim in the area in 1853. A century later, the towns of Woodland and Chambers Prairie merged to become known as Lacey, though the city was not officially incorporated until 1966.
Lacey is among the “greenest” cities in one of the greener regions in the country. The city was the 12th to be designated an official Green Power Community by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency based on its use of renewable energy resources. Lacey is currently ranked No. 34 on the EPAs list of energy efficient cities, based on its green power usage.
Lacey is the hometown of North Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, former Seattle Seahawks and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Jerramy Stevens and comedian Nate Jackson, a cast member on Nick Cannon’s improv comedy show “Wild ‘n Out.”
Shopping and Dining
Lacey is a growing town that provides a variety of dining experiences: enjoy a slice at Mod Pizza; nosh on French soup and a steak sandwich at Ricardo’s Restaurant; or wash down your bacon blue burger with a refreshing, hoppy I.P.A. at the popular Pints & Quarts Pub. The city is home to one of the region’s bigger movie houses, the Regal 16 Movie Theater; and locals can also satisfy their shopping needs at Best Buy, Costco, Home Depot and Cabela’s, among the large chain stores located in the area.
Parks and Recreation
Did we mention that Lacey is really green? The city has received the National Arbor Day Foundation’s “Tree City USA” award for 25 years in a row; and since first earning that distinction, the city has invested more than $6 million in its tree planting and care programs, distributing nearly 30,000 free tree seedlings to residents.
Needless to say, there’s no shortage of beautiful parks. Per the city’s Parks and Recreation Department: ‘With over 1,200 acres of parkland and open space, miles of walking and biking trails, a premier regional athletic complex, three indoor public pools and several community buildings, Lacey’s residents and visitors enjoy one of the finest municipal park systems in the state. Complemented by Puget Sound’s pristine Tolmie State Park, the naturally-inspiring 3,700-acre Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, four golf courses and five freshwater lakes, recreation opportunities are virtually unlimited.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Lacey’s proximity to Olympia (5 miles by Interstate-5), Ft. Lewis (19 miles) and Tacoma (27 miles) make it an ideal commuter city. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is just a bit farther at about 50 miles with shuttle service available from companies like Capital Aeroporter. Residents have easy access to I-5, but many opt to use convenient bus and train service provided by Sound Transit and Amtrak.
North Thurston Public Schools educates more than 14,000 students each year, with 13 elementary schools, five middle schools (including a performing arts magnet school), three comprehensive high schools and one high school of choice.
Locals have access to several medical facilities including Olympia’s Providence St. Peter Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Olympia Medical Center and Mary Bridge Pediatric Urgent Care.