With a population of more than 45,000 people, Lacey, Washington, is considered a suburb of the capital city of Olympia. Lacey is the perfect city for outdoor enthusiasts, as there are more than 1,000 acres of public parkland located within the city and the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, where there are over 4,500 acres of preserved animal habitats and land, is adjacent to Lacey.
Surrounded by the lush green Washington wilderness, Lacey has many rural homes that are situated within the dense forest as well as homes located in more suburban areas. Homes in Lacey can vary widely in price due to their square footage, lot size, and the included acreage, and some homes located near the vast forest can run into the millions with the many acres included in their lot. While there are older homes in Lacey, many homes are less than 20 years old, and there is a mix of apartments, townhomes, and single-family residences available for new residents or for current residents looking to move. There are also many empty building lots available in Lacey, allowing for interested buyers to build a home customized to their wishes.
Many well-known businesses operate within Lacey, and its close proximity to Olympia makes it a desirable location for many manufacturers. Popular retailers such as Cabela’s, Best Buy, Costco, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, and Wal-Mart all contribute to the job growth in the area. The City of Lacey also employs many individuals to fill spots in law enforcement, engineering, finance, and utility management. Another top employer in the city of Lacey is the school district, North Thurston Public Schools, which contains 20 schools and educates more than 14,000 students. Tourism is also a top industry in Lacey, with many wineries, golf courses, and hotels within the city to cater to the thousands of people who visit Lacey and the Wildlife Refuge every year. The various businesses and industries within the city help contribute to the low unemployment rate in Lacey, which is much lower than the national average.