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Lacey is a midsize suburb of Olympia, located about an hour from Seattle and 30 minutes from Tacoma. It combines all the perks of an attractive capital city metro area with a distinctive small-town feel. Among Lacey's many attractive features are its scenic Pacific Northwest setting, several nearby national parks and easy access to all the area has to offer.
The History of Lacey
The city of Lacey may not have been officially incorporated until 1966, but the community's roots go back much further, to a thriving community of Nisqually Indians. By the mid-1850s, European settlers began to arrive via the Oregon Trail. In 1891, the Northern Pacific Railroad Co. built the Lacey Depot, bringing even more people to the area for recreation and a new start.
By the 1920s, Lacey was known as a recreation destination and resort community, a status it has upheld to this day.
Jobs in Lacey
Many Lacey locals commute for work to Olympia, which is a short and easy drive away. The larger city offers a diverse and thriving job market, so you can find plenty of options to consider. However, you can certainly stay close to home and still find a good job.
Lacey is home to a variety of businesses both large and small, including a mushroom farm, a large retirement community, International Paper and large warehouses and distribution centers. There area also has a number of retail developments that supply many local jobs. Costco, The Home Depot, LA Fitness, Lowe's and Cabela's are just a few of the big-box retailers and major businesses that support the local retail economy.
Lacey schools are part of North Thurston Public Schools district. The county is home to nearly 30 different private schools, providing plenty of alternative options to a public school education.
Resources for Moving to Lacey
If you're getting ready to move to Lacey, the following information can help you during the planning process:
- Utilities: Puget Sound Energy and the city's utilities departments are the primary utilities providers in Lacey.
- Garbage and Recycling: LeMay Pacific Disposal facilitates trash, recycling and yard waste collection services throughout Lacey.
- Transportation: Intercity Transit operates public bus routes in and around Lacey.
Lacey consists of several neighborhoods and neighborhood associations, so finding housing to suit your lifestyle and budget is fairly easy, especially with so many options. Properties are split fairly evenly between those that are for sale and those that are for rent, and include single-family homes, town houses and apartments.