Lacey is a city in Thurston County, Washington, United States. It is a suburb of Olympia with a population of 42,393 at the 2010 census. Take a look below for 20 amazing and awesome facts about Lacey, Washington, United States.
1. Lacey is located along Interstate 5 between Olympia and the Nisqually River, which marks the border with Pierce County and Joint Base Lewis–McChord.
2. Lacey was originally called Woodland after settlers Isaac and Catherine Wood, who claimed land there in 1853.
3. By 1891, the town of Woodland had a large enough population to apply for a post office.
4. 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.
5. The small settlements of Woodland and Chambers Prairie consolidated into Lacey in the 1950s. The city of Lacey was not officially incorporated until 1966.
6. At the time, the main industries were cattle, milk, forest products, and retail. Lacey became a commuter town for Olympia, Fort Lewis 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.
7. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.51 square miles (42.76 km2), of which, 16.06 square miles (41.60 km2) is land and 0.45 square miles (1.17 km2) is water.
8. As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $46,848, and the median income for a family was $54,923.
9. Males had a median income of $41,053 versus $32,497 for females.
10. 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.
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.
12. 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 first round of the 2008 NFL Draft, as the 13th pick overall.
13. NFL Washington Redskins Pro Bowl Fullback Mike Sellers graduated from North Thurston High School, and returns to Lacey in the off-season.
14. 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.
15. MMA fighter Brad Blackburn graduated from Timberline High School in Lacey.
16. Former NFL Defensive End Ron Holmes graduated from Timberline High School.
17. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray graduated from Timberline High School in 1973.
18. Buford O. Furrow, perpetrator of the 1999 Los Angeles Jewish Community Center shooting.
19. Lacey has a sister city in Poland, Mińsk Mazowiecki.
20. 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.