A green town rife with culture and Washington State's beautiful scenic views, Lacey is a dreamy city of opportunity and luxury. Lacey is located in Thurston County and has been established as a suburb of nearby Olympia city. Its population, according to the 2010 census, is around 42,000 people, and it provides plenty of lavishly structured homes and neighborhoods for its plethora of residents. Houses in Lacey run from moderate to expensive pricing, depending on their location, acreage, and size.
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Lacey was initially called Woodland after the settlers who claimed the land in 1853. By 1891, however, the town was large enough to apply for a post office and was unable to do so because of a preexisting Woodland city. Thus, the city changed its name to Lacey, and has been known as such on into the present day. Lacey was officially incorporated in 1966, at which time it was primarily a commuter town for Olympia because of the main industries being in cattle, milk, and forest products. However, as of recent years Lacey has grown into a city in its own right. Business developments, emerging community groups, and steady population expansions have all aided Lacey in becoming the impressive and important city in Washington it is today.
The Washington city has the privilege of being the 12th city to be designated as an official Green Power Community for its use of renewable energy sources by the Environmental Protection Agency. Currently Lacey has an Alternative Energy Initiative, which hopes to use 100% green electrical energy in things like municipal buildings, parks, utilities, and traffic signals, as well as other goals. 2009 saw Lacey's Alternative Energy Fair presented with the Award of Excellence for Events, Fairs, and Festivals by the Washington Recreation and Park Association, and for the past 18 years the city has received the "Tree City, USA" designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation. For those interested in shopping, Lacey was also the home of the Northwest's first indoor mall, named at the time the South Sound Center. The mall has since become an outdoor shopping center with a plethora of businesses providing services for residents and fellow companies. Because of Lacey's growth, more and more businesses have trickled into the city, bringing with them stores such as Cabela's and entertainment venues such as a Regal 16 Movie Theater. An up-and-coming city with green aspirations and a vibrant cultural heritage, Lacey is a town to watch for in future years.