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Thurston County

FACT SHEET

  • Name origin: Named for Samuel Thurston (1815–1851), the first delegate to the US Congress from the Oregon Territory (1849-51).
  • Established: 1852 Jan 12
  • County seat: Olympia
  • County government website
  • Upcoming events (via WA-List’s events calendar)
  • Population (2010): 252,264 (Rank: 6 of 39)
  • Area (2010): 721.96 square miles (Rank: 32 of 39)
  • Density (2010): 349.4 people per square miles (Rank: 6 of 39)
  • Highest elevation: 2,922 feet, Quiemuth Peak near the Lewis County line.

 


Cities and Towns Population Area Density Elevation Zip code
(sq miles) (pop/sq miles) (feet)
1. Olympia city 46,478 17.82 2,608.0 114 985**
2. Lacey city 42,393 16.06 2,639.8 190 985**
3. Tumwater city 17,371 14.32 1,212.9 150 985**
4. Yelm city 6,848 5.68 1,204.8 310 98597
5. Rainier city 1,794  1.73 1,037.0 453 98576
6. Tenino city 1,695  1.44  1,177.1 286 98589
7. Bucoda town 562 0.57  986.0 254 98530

 


Additional facts

  • Olympia is both the county seat and the state capital city.
  • Olympia is the 22nd most populated city in the state. Lacey is 24th.

Notes

  • This page is updated periodically in an effort to keep information accurate and offer additional data.
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  • All population and area data are from the 2010 United States Census. All population density figures for cities greater than 5,000 people are as well. Densities of smaller towns and cities were calculated separately using US Census data.
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